Jasper to Vancouver via Clearwater, 70 Mile House, Clinton, Pavilion, Lillooet & Whistler.
10 cycling days and 1 rest day.
We took the train to Jasper, and stayed there one night. We rode west on highway 16 through the Yellowhead Pass, and south on Highway 5 to Clearwater and Little Fort. This is a ride through wide valleys on a road with good shoulders. Traffic was light because this was just before the May long weekend holiday. Most tourist facilities were closed.
At Little Fort we turned west on Highway 24, a quiet road, towards 100 Mile house. We climbed (10 km at 6%) to Macdonald Summit at 1311 m. At Lone Butte we turned towards 70 Mile House on a small paved road through ranching country. From 70 Mile House to Clinton we were on HIghway 97, not pleasant but safe enough with paved shoulder.
At Clinton we turned west on a small road, paved as far as Downing Lake provincial Park, then climbed (5 km at 14%) on dirt over the Pavilion Range with snow at the top. The ride down to Pavilion was the scenic highlight of the trip (picture above) through Diamond S Ranch land, with views of the Coast Mountains and arnica in flower. From Pavilion to Lillooet was a hot ride, and the climb out of Lillooet is steep (14%) with impressive views. The last 10 km to Pemberton is a fast descent!
From Pemberton to Whistler is a gentle climb, and there are paved bike paths through the Whistler conurbation. The ride to Vancouver has a good hard shoulder. We took the turn-off for Horseshoe Bay and entered Vancouver via Marine Drive, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Stanley Park.
British Columbia Road Map and Parks Guide (free from: http://www.hellobc.com/ )