We planned to do the Grouse Grind but it doesn’t open until 1pm on weekdays so we opted to bike the Arbutus Greenway to Fraser River Park. It’s an easy ride at just over 20km round trip from the start at the 6th and Fir Park. The pathway is fully described on the Let’s go Biking website.
Once we climbed past King Edward we stopped for a photo, the views are spectacular. This one’s looking out to the North Shore Mountains over the rooftops of Point Grey.
All of the intersections are finished on the pathway so it’s easy to cross the major roads like Broadway, King Edward and 41st but you have to watch out for other cyclists, and of course pedestrians, as it can get congested in spots. At Marine Drive we reached the end of the separate bike trail, but our goal was to go right down to the river, so we continued our adventure by following Marine Drive down to the Fraser River Park.
On the way down to the river we stopped to admire the view of the marina and cycled down to ride around the Milltown Bar & Grill parking lot. The restaurant doesn’t open until 11am and the reviews say it fills up fast. We definitely plan to return for lunch before summer’s end!
We followed the Fraser River Park trail until we reached a big frost fence with a Dangerous Do Not Enter sign against the perimeter of the McCleery Golf Course.
We circled back to check out the park. A couple of people chatted together while their dogs enjoyed some off-lease freedom by running along the little beach, splashing in and out of the river and barking their pleasure. The park has a network of boardwalks so you can bike right out along the shoreline. We ventured out onto the pier to watch a tugboat chugging downriver to take care of some business and a plane descending through the trees on its approach to the Richmond airport. At the dock there’s a plaque explaining the history of how labour, government and business worked together to build the pier in 1988.
After we had our fill of the scenery we rode back up to the street and stopped at the Friend’s Café, a little restaurant serving local businesses.
It was a beautiful morning and we enjoyed a feast of gorgeous views on our ride back home.
We still plan to get to the Grouse Grind but we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks until it reopens after its annual grooming before the summer onslaught of tourists!