Freeriding Vancouver's North Shore? That's so 2002. This year it's all about the singletrack, and the best way to pay homage is by signing on to Sacred Rides' new 11-day epic from Calgary to Vancouver ($4,500; September 6–16; sacredrides.com). From cushy backcountry outposts, visitors tackle B.C.'s most coveted rides, including the seven-mile Roots and Roots Extension, near Island Lake Lodge, in Fernie; a private trail network out the back door at Baldface Lodge; buff alpine singletrack near Revelstoke's Glacier House; and 18 miles of tight, twisty, just-made trails around Shuswap Lake, in Okanagan. The perfect post-ride perk: a real-deal sweat-lodge ceremony at the Quaaout Lodge, a First Nations property on Shuswap's shores. But the highlight comes on day ten, when a floatplane picks you up at the dock of Tyax Resort, on Tyaughton Lake. After buzzing the Chilcotin Mountains, north of Whistler, the pilot drops you off at Spruce Lake for a silky five-hour descent through alpine meadows back to the lodge. You'll understand why it's one of the most sought-after rides in Canada.
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