Bike & Kayak Tours

We take a simple activity, sprinkle it with island joy, and transform it into a meaningful and memorable experience.

On Land & Sea

Whether you’re interested in traveling on two wheels, on water, or both – our bike and kayak tours are designed to give you a unique experience exploring our region of Vancouver Island.

Single Day

Cycle Tours

Single Day

Kayak Tours

Multi-Day Bike Tours

Joyful Holidays

Island Joy Rides

Custom Tours

Single-Day Cycle Tours

Quadra Island Escape

An Island Oasis on the Salish Sea

A 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River, Quadra Island is an island worth exploring. This vibrant community has strong ties to the land and sea. From artists to farmers, First Nations to fisherman, Quadra’s stunning scenery and friendly people will leave a lasting impression. This tour is suitable for all fitness levels.

What is included: 

  • Hybrid bike – (or upgrade to an electric bike)
  • Accessories – helmet, handlebar bag for wallet/phone and larger bag for jacket etc.
  • Detailed route map with our carefully planned routes
  • Cue sheets with our favourite food, natural, and cultural stops
  • Use of a water bottle, complete with ice
  • Local guides –  we show you our favourite hidden secrets**
  • Local food samples**
  • Ferry to Quadra Island**
  • A whole lot of joy!

**Not included in our self-guided tours

Guided Option (add a guide and a lunch for $90 pp)

Can’t find a date on our site? Please email us or call…We will do our best to find available dates for you!

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Campbell River Exploration by Bike 

Woods & Waves 

Campbell River boasts natural beauty at every turn. From the majestic forest paths, to the scenic coastal trails, its wild and rugged character is waiting to be discovered. Our carefully crafted routes keep you off the busy roads and guide you to the best places to eat, drink, and savour.

You are welcome to use our bikes all day so you can explore at your own pace.

Included in our self-guided day tours:

  • Hybrid bike – (or upgrade to an electric bike)
  • Accessories – helmet, handlebar bag for wallet/phone and larger bag for jacket etc.
  • Detailed route map with our carefully planned routes
  • Cue sheets with our favourite food, natural, and cultural stops
  • Use of a our water bottle
  • Snack
  • A whole lot of joy!

 

 

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CHEF ON A BIKE SERIES

A culinary journey

Our Chef on a Bike Series offers unique culinary experiences – all of which feature a private chef, a behind-the-scenes look at our local food scene, a leisurely cycle, and culminate with a meal combining the flavours from your journey.

What’s Included:

  • Fully-supported, scenic cycling (suitable for all fitness levels)
  • Use of our hybrid bikes or recreational kayaks (with all safety accessories – electric bikes are available for an additional cost)
  • Chef’s tour
  • Local guides
  • Samples and sips
  • Lunch at the Kingfisher
  • Water bottle
  • A whole lot of joy!

*All fitness levels are welcome. Island Joy Rides provides everything – bikes, support vehicles, water bottles – so that all you have to bring is yourself. Space is limited.

KINGFISHER CHEF ON A BIKE: SEA SIGHTS & SALTY BITES

Date TBD 2024

Embark on an extraordinary culinary cycling tour, Sea Sights & Salty Bites, guided by the esteemed Chef Richard from Kingfisher Oceanside Resort!

Gather at the Kingfisher and shuttle to Cumberland, where our adventure begins. We’ll pedal through serene forest trails in Coal Creek Historic Park, immersing ourselves in the area’s fascinating history. Discover the secrets of historic Chinatown, No. 1 Japanese Town site, and the renowned No. 1 and No. 2 coal mine sites.

Join Chef Richard as he leads us on a chef’s tour of Cumberland Farmers’ Market, where we’ll uncover the region’s freshest ingredients.

Prepare to be amazed as we visit Comox Valley Mushrooms, a paradise for mushroom enthusiasts. Explore their captivating facility and gain insights into the meticulous process of cultivating these savory delights.

Next, we’ll head to the beach to meet the incredible team at Outlandish Oysters, champions of sustainable oyster farming. Indulge in the briny goodness of freshly shucked oysters, harvested with care from the ocean’s bounty. Combine this with Wayward Distillery, a hidden gem renowned for their exceptional artisanal spirits. Discover the artistry behind their craft as we savor their unique flavors, raising a glass to the day’s memorable adventures.

Finally, we conclude our tour at the award-winning Kingfisher, where Chef Richard will work his culinary magic. Feast on a meal crafted from the bountiful ingredients we’ve gathered on our journey, celebrating the region’s finest flavors.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure of taste and discovery! Sea Sights & Salty Bites is the ultimate culinary cycling tour, curated for food enthusiasts and explorers alike.

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CHEF ON A BIKE: FORAGE & FEAST

Date TBD. 2024

Forage by bike with our local Chef and visit suppliers of seafood, urban farms, and beautifully crafted food. Cycling point to point you will experience Campbell River for a fun and unique city tour.  After the ride we will sit riverside in the Island Joy Rides River Room for a meal of our finds.

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Discover Campbell River By Kayak

We invite you to explore the protected, nature-filled waters of the Campbell River Estuary on our leisurely paddling experiences. Where the river meets the ocean, our beautiful estuary is filled with natural beauty, interesting wildlife, and an inspiring history of transformation.

Joy Rider kayaking in front of sunset

SUNSET PADDLE

Immerse in nature by kayak

Experience our area from a different perspective on this peaceful 2-hour guided paddle in the tranquil waters and secret channels of the Campbell River estuary. The jumping salmon and curious seals are so close you can almost touch them! This multi-sensory experience leaves from our house on the river bank and includes a delicious dessert, bubbly/refreshment, and a whole lot of local JOY.

  • Suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.
  • For families: Kids welcome on kayak tours – ages 6 +
  • Kayaking tours are seasonal and begin in the Spring. Please see the calendar.
  • Please contact us to arrange a custom tour

What’s Included

  • Local guides
  • Recreational kayak 
  • Dessert and refreshment
  • Accessories – PFD and paddle
  • A whole lot of joy!

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Joy Rider kayaking in front of sunset

AFTERNOON PADDLE

Fill your afternoon in nature by kayak

Set aside an afternoon to explore the Campbell River esturary by kayak. On this peaceful 2-hour guided paddle discover the nature filled waters and secret channels of our namesake river estuary. Get connected to the surroundings in the most enJOYable way!

  • Suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.
  • For families: Kids welcome on kayak tours – ages 6 +
  • Kayaking tours are seasonal and begin in the Spring. Please see the calendar.
  • Please contact us to arrange a custom tour

What’s Included

  • Local guides
  • Recreational kayak or SUP
  • Accessories – PFD and paddle
  • A whole lot of joy!

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PADDLE & PEDI

A River-Inspired Evening of Outdoor Luxury

We invite you to join us for an intimate evening of connection, infused with delicate treasures of the beautiful Campbell River Estuary. Perfect for women of all ages and fitness levels, this carefully crafted evening is designed for friends, siblings, mothers, daughters, girlfriends, co-workers, and/or individuals; offering 3-hours of pampering, paddling, and escape.

*This local experience makes a beautiful gift and we have lovely Gift Certificates available.

This 3- hour experience includes:

  • Guided leisurely kayaking on the secret channels of the Campbell River Estuary (beginners more than welcome)
  • Mini-pedicure overlooking the river
  • Gentle ball rolling for the feet and relaxing stretches
  • Champagne and chocolate
  • Decadent dessert

Custom tours are available for groups of 12 to 16.  Please contact us if you have any questions or would like one of our beautiful Gift Certificates to compliment your booking.

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Multi-Day Holidays

Intimate and memorable, our 4 and 6 day self-guided cycling holidays offer a unique way to sink your teeth into our region and truly embrace the freedom that “island time” brings.

SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAYS

JOIN US FOR A 4 or 6 DAY ISLAND GETAWAY

Self-guided tours offer the freedom to explore at your own pace.  We have done all the planning for you so you can simply sit back and enjoy your ride. We book your accommodations, meet you at the hotel with your bikes and accessories, share our carefully designed routes, suggest our favourite foodie stops and points of interest, transfer your luggage, offer emergency support, and even challenge you with optional suggestions designed to encourage you connect with locals.  Choose your  custom dates.

Custom Dates are available at any time between May and October. As our hotel partners are very busy, the sooner you book, the sooner we can confirm they have availability.  Please CONTACT US to find out if dates are available.

One of the best parts of our self-guided holidays is our JOY BOOK. This little treasure is like a journal and has been years in the making. It provides information, maps, optional challenges, and a place for a reflection.  You feel like we’re on your shoulder supporting and encouraging you along the way – but you’re free to do as you please.

ISLAND TIME:  4-Day/3-Night Self-Guided Tour

Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island
From scenic forest trails to quiet beaches, this 4-day tour will fill your senses.  The Comox Valley, dubbed “The Land of Plenty” is known for its local food scene, chocolate shop, farms, and nature.  As you move north the Campbell River and Quadra Island, the salty air brings with it a shift to a more rugged beauty.  From seafood to beaches, whales to little ferries, we hope you will feel the love of this place we call home.
ITINERARY

MEET ’N GREET/ DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 km/+387m)

Whether you are choosing Set Calendar or Custom Dates, we will meet you at the Old House Hotel and Spa to fit your bikes and prepare for your joyful adventure. Your first ride will guide you along the ocean, beside farms, and through the peaceful forests of Courtenay. Nymph Fall Nature Park, one of the highlights of the ride, boasts 151 acres of second-growth forest with the river and falls raging over a series of exposed bedrock ledges. It’s the perfect place for a picnic or a refreshing dip.  As you make your way to the city centre, you might just want to pop into the chocolate shop for a sample or some house-made gelato or to our local craft brewery for a cold one. At the end of the day, the salty air and outdoor pool or event the spa, at the Old House Hotel will help you to relax and settle into your island time.

DAY TWO: The Land of Plenty (35, 55 or 70 km/Cumberland +351m/ Comox +312m)
You’re off to explore the village of Cumberland and the seaside town of Comox today. Once a coal mining hub, Cumberland is quickly growing into a desirable niche community and dynamic tourist destination. Its coal mining past and funky new vibe make it a great place to explore. Choose to ride a short distance today and enjoy the pool and spa of the Old House Hotel after lunch or, if you’re looking for more, we suggest you explore Comox. From breweries and vineyards to forests donned “a place of serenity and beauty,” by the First Nations, this little town is waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the Old House Hotel and Spa again this evening.

DAY THREE: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (54 km/ +426m)
A ride north to Campbell River today, (renowned as the Salmon Capital of the World) will take you through secret farms, past Miracle Beach Provincial Park, and along the ocean. Keep your eyes open for seals, eagles and even whales as you soak in the breathtaking scenery. Stop for the biggest ice cream in town (guilt-free, of course) at the Discovery Fishing Pier on your way to the Comfort Inn and Suites, your ocean-view hotel for this evening.

DAY FOUR: Quintessential Quadra Island (21 to 33 km/+453m)
As you board the ferry to Quadra Island, you are reminded to slow down, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and take time to enjoy those little things that often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Beautiful beaches, a First Nations village, a few hills, and adventuresome coastal trails (that require a bit of portaging) make this a ride to remember. Count on finishing your tour between 3:00 and 4:00, in time to make your way to your next destination or, stay and play here a little longer.  Your tour finishes in Campbell River.

INCLUDES
  • 3 nights accommodations in deluxe, ocean view rooms
  • 4 days of stunning cycling, with a variety of carefully designed route options
  • One breakfast (in Campbell River)
  • Use of fully-equipped hybrid bike (Giant Escape) plus helmet and accessories – or upgrade to an electric bike
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bike bags to hold your supplies for the day, first aid kit, tire changing supplies
  • Detailed pre-trip information summary
  • A complete tour package including maps and cue sheets, digital maps, history and facts, and all of our favourite stops
  • Recommendations of best foodie stops in town
  • On-call emergency support
  • Return shuttle to Kingfisher or airport
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle

Not Included

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ISLAND HOPPING:  6-Day/ 5-Night Self-Guided Tour

Courtenay, Denman & Hornby Island, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island

This 6-day self-guided tour is all about ‘island time”.  Explore three of our quirky, artsy, beautiful Discovery Islands – Denman, Hornby, and Quadra – and you will feel like you’ve escaped to another world. You’ll also experience the Comox Valley and Campbell River regions, both boasting beautiful forests, the ocean, rivers, and waterfalls.  The natural beauty and west coast character feels even better from the seat of a bicycle.  

ITINERARY

MEET ’N GREET/ DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 km/+387m)

Whether you are choosing Set Calendar or Custom Dates, we will meet you at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa to fit your bikes and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Your first ride will guide you along the ocean, beside farms, and through the peaceful forests of Courtenay. Nymph Fall Nature Park, one of the highlights of the ride, boasts 151 acres of second-growth forest with the river and falls raging over a series of exposed bedrock ledges. It’s the perfect place for a picnic or a refreshing dip.  As you make your way to the city centre, you might just want to pop into the chocolate shop for a sample or some house-made gelato or to our local craft brewery for a cold one. At the end of the day, the salty air and outdoor spa of the Kingfisher Oceanside calls, encouraging you to relax and settle into your holiday. Let the waves lull you to sleep at the beautiful Kingfisher Oceanside Resort.

DAY TWO: Explore Denman & Hornby Islands (44 to 66 km/+764m)
Denman and Hornby Island are part of the Gulf Island chain, each offering their own unique coastal character. As you embark from Buckley Bay for a 3km ferry ride to Denman, be prepared to enter a Utopian society where residents have chosen to leave behind the big city life for a slice of rural living. Freedom, informal, self-sufficient, relaxing, and alternative are just some words often used to describe life on these islands. Denman, the first of the two islands, is best known for its vast and fertile farmlands. A second ferry ride from Denman will take you to Hornby Island: a thriving arts community with an emphasis on local organic agriculture/permaculture and small-scale energy-efficient building standards. Hornby’s beach at Tribune Bay is simply magical, a perfect place for a picnic.

DAY THREE: The Land of Plenty (35, 55 or 70 km/Cumberland +351m, Comox +312m)
You’re off to explore the village of Cumberland and the seaside town of Comox today. Once a coal mining hub, Cumberland is quickly growing into a desirable niche community and dynamic tourist destination. Its coal mining past and funky new vibe make it a great place to explore. Choose to ride a short distance today and enjoy the pool and spa of the Old House Hotel after lunch or, if you’re looking for more, we suggest you explore Comox. From breweries and vineyards to forests donned “a place of serenity and beauty,” this little town is waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the Old House Hotel and Spa this evening.

DAY FOUR: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (54 km, +426m)
A ride north to Campbell River (renowned as the Salmon Capital of the World) will take you through secret farms, past Miracle Beach Provincial Park, and along the ocean. Keep your eyes open for seals, eagles and even whales as you soak in the breathtaking scenery. Stop to put your feet in the ocean and perhaps indulge in the biggest ice cream in town (guilt-free, of course) at the Discovery Fishing Pier on your way to the Comfort Inn and Suites, your ocean-view hotel for this evening.

DAY FIVE: Quintessential Quadra Island (21 to 33 km, +453m)
As you board the ferry to Quadra Island, you are reminded to slow down, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and take time to enjoy those little things that often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Beautiful beaches, a First Nations village, a few hills, and adventuresome coastal trails (that require a bit of portaging) make this a ride to remember. Your final sleep is at the Comfort Inn once again.

DAY SIX: Wild and Rugged Campbell River (28 to 44km, +489m)
Cycle up to Elk Falls, our 25km waterfall, nestled in a majestic old growth forest. The natural beauty of the place will certainly fill your senses. If you’d like to ride longer, meander through the forest in the heart of our city and along the Seawalk back to your hotel. Count on finishing your tour between 2:00 and 3:00, in time to make your way to your next destination or, stay and play here a little longer.  Your tour ends in Campbell River.

INCLUDES
  • 5 nights accommodations in deluxe, ocean and river view rooms
  • 6 days of stunning cycling, with a variety of carefully designed route options
  • 2 breakfasts (in Campbell River)
  • Use of fully-equipped hybrid bike (Giant Escape) plus helmet and accessories – or upgrade to an electric bike
  • Luggage transfers
  • Bike bags to hold your supplies for the day, first aid kit, tire changing supplies
  • Detailed pre-trip information summary
  • A complete tour package including maps and cue sheets, digital maps, history and facts, and all of our favourite stops
  • Recommendations of best foodie stops in town
  • On-call emergency support
  • Return shuttle to the Kingfisher or Airport
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Island Joy Rides t-shirt

Not Included

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Custom Tours

We love working with our guests to create a unique island experience.  Our local knowledge and years of experience creating memorable holidays will give you an adventure that no one else can offer.  In addition to cycling – we know the best local hiking trails, kayaking channels, whale watching companies, and the safest people to fly with.  It’s all about island joy.  Just fill out the form below and we can go from there!

*Custom tours are available for groups of 4 to 20 people

Fill out our contact form below to inquire about a custom tour.

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