Explore Vancouver Island, discover hidden gems, and create your own unforgettable adventure.

If you’re the type of traveler who loves adventure and exploration, a self-guided cycling tour might be the perfect vacation for you. Imagine setting out on your bike each day. With a map, a set of directions, and local suggestions to guide you. Visit interesting sights and landmarks along the way, with the flexibility to stop and take detours on demand. The best thing is you’re in control of your own ride. You never know what you might discover along the way. It’s like a treasure hunt on two wheels.

The best things about a self-guided cycling tour is the freedom it offers. Meaning, go at your own pace and stop whenever you want! You’re not tied to a group or a schedule, so you can decide how long you want to sit, sip a coffee, or patiently wait for the clouds to part. You may want to take lots of photos or push yourself to cover as much ground as possible, it’s entirely up to you.

Another benefit of a self-guided cycling tour is the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. When you’re on a guided tour, you often only see the places that are on the itinerary. On a self-guided tour, you have the chance to venture off the beaten path. Discover hidden gems that may not have found otherwise. You’ll get a much more authentic and personal experience, which is what travel is all about.

Get started with a self guided cycling tour…

Island Joy Rides is offering two self-guided multi-day tours on Vancouver Island this summer 2023:

  1. 4-Day/3 Night self guided cycling tour starts in Courtenay and explores Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island.  
  2. 6 day/ 5 nights self-guided cycling exploring Courtenay, Denman and Hornby Islands, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island.

If you’re thinking about taking a cycling vacation, consider a self-guided tour with Island Joy Rides. We provide the bikes, maps, cue sheets. We will even transfer your luggage so you don’t have to carry it with you (now that is a service worth it’s weight.) We’ve done all the grunt work for you – from choosing very comfortable accommodation and local food stops, to finding forest trails and best routes. You’ll get to explore new places, discover hidden gems, and create your own unforgettable adventure.  It’s a great way to see a new place and have a truly unique and memorable experience. Happy treasure hunting!