Cycling the West Dyke Trail
Bike the Dyke

Bike the Dyke in Richmond

Discover signature views, attractions, and food as you experience Richmond's dyke trails.

As summer transitions into fall, now is the perfect time to head to Richmond and Bike the Dyke. Beautiful views of the Fraser River abound as you enjoy off-street, unpaved pathways that run from just west of Aberdeen Centre to historic Steveston Village.

Getting Started

The Bike the Dyke route starts about 150 metres west of the Canada Line's Aberdeen Station. 

For those that don’t own their own bike, Richmond has a bike share program called U-Bicycle that’s easy to use. You can start by downloading the U-bicycle app and paying a one-time $50 refundable deposit. A full day rental is just $15, and bikes are in dropzones throughout the city.

If you’re doing Bike the Dyke route in reverse and starting your journey in Steveston, you can rent a bike from Village Bikes. This full-service bike shop also offers everything you could need if you plan to bring your own bike.

Trail Details

The Bike the Dyke route follows the Middle Arm Trail (5.5km, one way), the West Dyke Trail (6km, one way), and part of the South Dyke Trail (2km, one way). There are plenty of places to stop along the way to make biking the dyke a full day experience.

Once you’re ready to head back, you can either return the way you came along the dyke or take the Railway Greenway trail (6km, one way) that runs from Britannia Shipyards back towards the Middle Arm Trail. 

Click here or on the image below to download a copy of the Bike the Dyke route map.

Bike the Dyke Map

Attractions

The Richmond Olympic Oval is worth a stop before you make your way to Steveston. You can find bike racks to the south and north of the Oval, as well as indoor bike storage in the parkade. If you’re there between Thusday and Sunday, be sure to visit the Richmond Olympic Experience, where you can try out sport simulators, test your skills, and check out Olympic memorabilia such as medals and torches.

Once you’ve reached Steveston, you can stop by several historic sites that help tell Richmond’s story. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was once BC’s biggest salmon cannery; it’s now a National Historic Site that presents the history of the West Coast fishing industry. And over on Moncton Street you can check out the Steveston Museum—located in the same building as the Tourism Richmond Visitor Centre—and the Steveston Tram, an old mode of transportation that used to bring commuters between Steveston and south Vancouver.

The Britannia Shipyards is an 8-acre national historic site featuring shipyards, canneries, and residences—it’s where you’ll find fascinating exhibits about Steveston’s multicultural past along with some of the oldest remaining heritage buildings on the Fraser River. If you want to see a bit more of life in the old days, continue east along the South Dyke Trail to London Heritage Farm, a park-like setting with gardens and a beautifully restored Victorian home that’s open to the public on weekends.

Parks

Richmond is home to some amazing green spaces, and there are a few can’t-miss parks along the Bike the Dyke route. Terra Nova Rural Park is home to heritage buildings, a pollinator meadow, and great views of the North Shore mountains. If you’re with kids, stop by the Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment—home to a tandem zipline, a meadow maze, and more. And in Richmond’s southwest corner, Garry Point Park is where you’ll find sandy, log-strewn beaches, the Steveston’s Fisherman’s Memorial, and the Kuno Japanese Garden.

Food & Drink

Getting hungry? Food and drinks options abound close to the Dyke. Stop at Aberdeen Centre to try one of their amazing restaurants, or head to the food court where you’ll find everything from handmade dumplings to Korean bingsoo.

In Steveston, be sure to stop by the iconic Pajo’s Fish & Chips, with locations at Garry Point Park and at the Steveston Wharf, or Xyclo Vietnamese Bistro for some delicious pho, French baguette sandwiches, and refreshing salads. And over at Kisamos Greek Taverna, you'll find authentic Greek dishes such as roast lamb and saganaki.

If you need to cool down, stop by Screamers Soft Serve & Treats for a screamer, a popular treat that consists of slurpee and either vanilla ice cream or pineapple Dole Whip—mixed into one delicious snack. And if craft beer is more your style, head to Britannia Brewing Company and try brews like the Adrift Hop Blonde Ale and the Riptide IPA.

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