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coastline, so no need to get frustrated if
you get stuck behind slower vehicles.
Just slow down and take in the scenery.
pass through is Lions Bay. The speed
limit here is 60 km/h and a favourite
place for cops to set up. It’s very twisty
through here, and they can hide around
any number of corners.
Leaving Lions Bay, you come to
Porteau Cove, a nice public park with
a boat launch and campground (which
is almost always full) and some good
straight stretches ahead at Furry Creek,
known for its beautiful golf club, part of
which can be seen from the road.
The next small place you ride
through is Britannia Beach, an old
mining town that still offers mine tours
and has an interesting museum. It’s
worth a stop if you’ve never been there
or have a hankering to go underground.
More Speed Traps
Britannia Beach is also a place where
the speed limit drops to 60 km/h and
Stopping at the Tantalus
Range viewpoint is a
must when travelling on
Highway 99 just north of
Witness the meeting of
two rivers as the muddy
water of the Fraser River
joins the clear water of the
Thompson River in Lytton.
the RCMP like to set up at the bottom
of the long, downhill sweeping curve
coming into town from the south. I’ve
very spot with three or four sport bikes
loaded on the back. Keep in mind that if
you get caught riding at 40 km/h over
the posted limit, the police can take
your bike. So, slow down!
On that note, on weekends in the
summer, there may be 100 to 300
motorcycles on this road, so keep your
eyes on your mirrors – the sport bike
guys come up really fast and often ride
in groups. They can and will surprise
you if you’re daydreaming.
The next town you come to is
Squamish, a larger suburb of Vancouver
with shopping. The Starbucks at the
mall off Cleveland Avenue is a stop
frequented by bike riders. Affectionately
known as Squambucks, it always has at
least 30 bikes parked here, with riders in
the process of coming or going during
the weekend in summer months.
Continuing north on Hwy 99 from
Squamish, you will pass by the turnoff
to Brackendale, known for having the
largest concentration of bald eagles
in North America from November to
Keep Moving On
From here, the road gains in elevation
as it winds through mountain terrain.
You will be able to keep a good speed
right into Whistler, where things slow
down again. Not much to see here
in summer unless you’re into tourist
traps and expensive shopping. Don’t
get me wrong: it’s a nice sterile town
and you can take a gondola ride or go
downhill mountain biking and there’s
great skiing in the winter. But this is a
There is a Chevron gas station in
Whistler that offers 94-octane gas for
those needing it. Chevron is the only
gas station in B.C. to offer 94 octane
that is ethanol-free, and you will pay a
premium for it. I paid as high as $1.78
per litre in 2018.
Once you leave Whistler, you’ll
notice that the road isn’t as wide or as
well cared for as it was behind you.
which is the usual gas stop for most
riders as there are both a Petro Canada
and a Husky station in town. Worth
mentioning: Pemberton has a real short
age of restaurants, so if your planning
two or three places to choose from,
Leaving Pemberton, you pass Mount
Currie as you ride through the Lil’wat
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