Sunshine Coast, Powell River Road Trip – Appleton and Duck Lake

Powell River and Sunshine Coast

After a friend of mine from Aikido moved to Powell River and got into biking he couldn’t stop raving about the trails. That and the BC Bike Race has been riding there for the last few years has put this area on the radar. The biggest hurdle is the Ferry, which if you have the time is a nice trip, but if you want to travel fast, this is not the best trip.

Robert’s son Thomas is also an avid biker and has been working at the one shop in Powell River, Suncoast Cycles. Its a very well stocked shop!

We took the 10:25 ferry from Earls Cove and arrived at Saltry Bay and took a leisurely 30 drive into Powell River. The first day we rode parts of the 180km Sunshine Coast Trail, Appleton and Marathon. The second day we rode sections of the BCBR course at Duck Lake. The trails at Duck Lake are pretty convoluted so its nice to have a guide! The BCBR does have signs up on its course for people who come early to preride.


Quick rip down Appleton Creek

Pretty little used trail!

Then we rode down the Marathon trail.

Shelter along the Sunshine Coast Trail

The trees were pretty close together in some sections…

Nice viewpoint on the SSC Trail

Well signed too.

View from Robert and Anita’s house.

The next day we rode in the Duck Lake trail system.

Duck Lake trail system. Trent rode in the Sun Coaster XC race the day before!

Well made bridges on this route.

Trails are fast and flowy! Robert and Thomas

Sharon and Trent

Sharon and Trent

Thomas, Robert’s son.

Robert’s loving mountain biking now that he’s living in Powell River! And you can see why!

Up and over bridge

The trails are fast!

Trails are maintained by Powell River Cycling Association – PRCA

Tourism Powell River

Places to Eat

 Iguanas Mexican Grill

Magpie’s Diner 

Costa del Sol

Coastal Cookery


Little Hut Curry

Alchemist for fine dining

Townsite Brewery


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