Tours

As “experience makers,” we take great pride in taking a simple activity, sprinkling it with island joy, and transforming it into a meaningful and memorable experience.

On Land & Sea

Whether you’re interested in traveling on two wheels, on water, or both – our Joy Rides are designed to give you a unique experience exploring our region.

Single Day

Cycle Tours

Single Day

Kayak Tours

Multi-Day

Joy Ride Holidays

Single-Day Cycle Tours

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CHEF SERIES

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 4-course meal paired with local wine/beer.

2020 Dates will be released by the end of November, just in time for holiday gift-giving! If you have any questions or requests in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What’s Included:

  • Gourmet, 4-course, locally-sourced feast
  • Fully-supported, scenic cycling or kayaking (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
  • 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.

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QUADRA ISLAND ESCAPE

As you walk off the ferry onto Quadra Island, you will feel like you’ve escaped to another world on this 4-hour tour. Quadra Island is home to a vibrant community with strong ties to the land and sea. From artists to farmers, First Nations to fishermen, Quadra’s stunning scenery, friendly people, and rich history will leave an impression on your soul that will last a lifetime.

*This tour can be completed self-guided or guided.  All fitness levels are welcome.

What’s 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
  • Water bottle
  • Local guides –  we show you the our favourite hidden secrets**
  • Local food samples**
  • Ferry to Quadra Island**
  • A whole lot of joy!

**Not included in our self-guided tours

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JOY FOR A DAY

DISCOVER THE COMOX VALLEY

An ideal tour for locals, visiting friends and relatives, and tourists who want to get out on a bike to taste and explore their way around Comox Valley for an afternoon. Breathe in the fresh air as you meander along quiet roads and trails; perhaps sample local wine and savour decadent, hand-made chocolates! (This tour changes with the seasons, so be sure to connect with us before booking to hear what stops are in season.)

Joy Rides guides take care of the details – bikes, helmets, routes, snacks, and water – so you can experience the joy of biking, the simplicity of slowing down, and the (re)connection with some of the Comox Valley’s most delicious and decadent treats. All fitness levels are welcome on this leisurely and engaging experience.

What’s Included:

  • Comfortable hybrid bikes, helmets and accessories
  • Knowledgeable guides offering local knowledge
  • Full support
  • Approximately 3 hours of gentle touring with very few hills
  • Use of an Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Guilt-free snacks
  • Refreshing tastings and seasonal samplings

*In order for this trip to run there needs to be a minimum of 4 participants.

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WOODS & WAVES

EXPLORE CAMPBELL RIVER

Campbell River boasts natural beauty at every turn.  From the majestic forest trails to the scenic coastal trails, its wild and rugged character is waiting to be discovered.  Breathe in the salty air as you cycle the seaside path, savour the local flavours (perhaps the biggest ice cream in town?) as you slow down and explore this hidden gem. The Tyee Spit, Elk Falls Suspension Bridge, Beaver Lodge Lands, the Seawalk, and Discovery Fishing Pier are some of the highlights of this island cycling tour.

What’s Included in our self-guided 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
  • Water bottle
  • A whole lot of joy!

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Single-Day Kayak Tours

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SUNSET PADDLE

Where the river meets the ocean, the estuary is in the heart of our city. This magical experience, suitable for all levels, takes you to another world, offering a chance to slow down and immerse in nature.  

What’s Included

  • Recreational kayak or SUP

  • Accessories – PFD and paddle

  • Dessert and bubbly

  • Local guides

  • A whole lot of joy!

*Suitable for all levels from beginner to expert. 

*Kids welcome on kayak tours – ages 5 and up. 

**Kayaking tours are seasonal and begin in the Spring. Please see the calendar.

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PADDLE & PIZZA

WOOD FIRED AND RIVER INSPIRED

Escape to another world as you immerse in our unique, multi-sensory river journey.  An evening to remember, we invite you on a magical, guided paddle through secret channels of the Campbell River Estuary followed by an intimate dining experience in our River Room.

The River Room

Nestled on the shores of the Campbell River, with a blazing wood-fired forno oven, gourmet pizza prepared in front of you, a jug of red wine, and an intimate, family-style atmosphere. This unique dining experience is perfect for couples or groups of up to 12 people.

The River Room has a way of transforming any meal into an interactive and memorable evening.  Perfect for any special occasion, this room by the river makes you feel like you’re in a secret world.

The Campbell River Estuary

Where the fresh water of the Campbell River meets the salt water of the Salish Sea, the estuary is the heart of our city. It’s been a reflection of our city, from First Nations to logging to present day.  It’s a place where majestic bald eagles nest, determined salmon migrate to spawn, and curious seals frolic. The beauty and the stories – from past to the present – remind us of its power – forever flowing, forever free.

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ROMANCE ON THE RIVER

A Collaborative Package with Dolphins Resort

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Dolphins Resort Check-in at 3 pm

  • 5 pm – Dinner for 2 including 2 appetizers &

  • 2 entrees (tax, and gratuities not included)

  • 6:45 pm – shuttle ride from Dolphins to Island Joy Rides

  • 7 pm to 9 pm – Sunset paddle on the river: includes equipment, dessert, and a glass of bubbly

  • Shuttle ride back to Dolphins

  • 1 night in an Oceanfront view bedroom, 2 king-size beds, coffee station, mini-fridge and a shared hot tub (option to upgrade to an oceanfront view cabin)

  • Check-out from 8 am to 11 am

Rates from $234/pp
Based on double occupancy, one night + tax

To book, please call the team at Dolphins Resort:
250-287-3066

Multi-Day Holidays

Intimate and memorable, our self-guided and guided cycling holidays offer a unique way to sink your teeth into our region and truly embrace the freedom that “island time” brings. Immerse yourself in one of our 3, 5, or 6 day Joy Rides – you’ll see what we mean.

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ISLAND TIME

3-DAY GUIDED TOUR

Our 3-day guided tours get you up close and personal with the Comox Valley, Campbell River and Quadra Island.  From scenic forest trails to quiet beaches, we take you to places you simply can’t get to by car and won’t find in a guide book.  Local and natural, you can experience so much in 3 days.

2020 Dates will be released by the end of November, just in time for holiday gift-giving! If you have any questions or requests in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

3 DAY – GUIDED ITENERARY

ARRIVAL AND MEET 'N GREET

Arrive at your leisure to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (check-in time is at 4:00).  We gather at 6:00pm to fit your bikes and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight, (we recommend Ocean’s 7 at the hotel). Let the waves lull you to sleep in the nicest rooms possible at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)

Today’s ride is filled with nature as we explore the quiet back roads and trails of Courtenay. Meander through farmland, wild forests, and beside beautiful falls on this scenic cycle.  As we make our way to the city center, a stop at the chocolate shop is a must when you’re on 5th Street. When we return to the hotel, the salty air and outdoor spa of the Kingfisher is the perfect way to relax and settle into island time. Another peaceful sleep awaits you at the beautiful Kingfisher Oceanside Resort.

DAY TWO: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (63km)

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 THREE: Quintessential Quadra Island (33km)

As you board the ferry to Quadra Island, we want to remind you to breathe in the fresh island 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.  Tonight, we invite you to our private residence on the riverbank for a leisurely kayak and a relaxed meal with fresh seafood, island wine, and relaxed conversations. We say our farewells this evening. Your final sleep is at the Comfort Inn once again.

DAY FOUR: DEPART

You’re on your own today to make your way to your new destination – or, of course you are more than welcome to stay and play in our area a little longer.  We hope you’re feeling relaxed, inspired, and perhaps a little more joyful, than you were when you arrived.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

Dubbed “The Land of Plenty” by the First Nations people who settled in the area thousands of years ago, the Valley is a feast for the senses.  Local, natural, and fresh; you can experience so much a few short days.

3 DAY – SELF GUIDED ITINERARY

ARRIVAL AND MEET 'N GREET

Arrive at your leisure to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (check-in time is at 4:00).  We will arrange a time that works for you to meet, fit your bikes, and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Let the waves lull you to sleep in the nicest rooms of the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)

Today’s ride is filled with nature as we explore the quiet back roads and trails of Courtenay. Meander through farmland, wild forests, and beside beautiful falls on this scenic cycle.  As we make our way to the city center, you might just want to pop into the chocolate shop for a sample or some house-made gelato. When we return to the hotel, the salty air and outdoor spa of the Kingfisher is calls, encouraging you relax and settle into your holiday.  Another peaceful sleep awaits you at the beautiful Kingfisher Oceanside Resort.

DAY TWO: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (63km)

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 THREE: Quintessential Quadra Island (33km)

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.

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5 DAY – SELF GUIDED ITINERARY

ARRIVAL AND MEET ’N GREET

Arrive at your leisure to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (check-in time is at 4:00).  We will arrange a time that works for you to meet, fit your bikes, and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Let the waves lull you to sleep in the nicest ocean view rooms of the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)

Today’s ride is filled with nature as we explore the quiet back roads and trails of Courtenay. Meander through farmland, wild forests, and beside beautiful falls on this scenic cycle.  As we make our way to the city center, you might just want to pop into the chocolate shop for a sample or some house-made gelato. When we return to the hotel, the salty air and outdoor spa of the Kingfisher is calls, encouraging you relax and settle into your holiday.  Another peaceful sleep awaits you at the beautiful Kingfisher Oceanside Resort.

DAY TWO: The Land of Plenty (35, 55 or 70km)

We’re off to explore the village of Cumberland and the seaside town of Comox today. Once a coal mining city, 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 after lunch or, if you’re looking for more we suggest you explore Comox. From 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 this evening.

DAY THREE: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (54km)

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 refreshing water and perhaps 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: Quintesseential Quadra Island (54km)

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 FIVE: Wild and Rugged Campbell River (28 to 40km)

Cycle the back roads and trails 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.  Stop at a secluded lake or head up to our most popular lake (or both!). 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!

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6 DAY – SELF GUIDED ITINERARY

ARRIVAL AND MEET ’N GREET

Arrive at your leisure to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (check-in time is at 4:00).  We will arrange a time that works for you to meet, fit your bikes, and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Let the waves lull you to sleep in the nicest ocean view rooms of the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)

Today’s ride is filled with nature as we explore the quiet back roads and trails of Courtenay. Meander through farmland, wild forests, and beside beautiful falls on this scenic cycle.  As we make our way to the city center, you might just want to pop into the chocolate shop for a sample or some house-made gelato. When we return to the hotel, the salty air and outdoor spa of the Kingfisher is calls, encouraging you relax and settle into your holiday.  Another peaceful sleep awaits you at the beautiful Kingfisher Oceanside Resort.

DAY TWO: Explore Denman & Hornby Islands (44 to 66km)

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. The double ferry ride to get to Hornby makes it that much more of a vacation for Vancouver Islanders; 45% of the housing on the island is occupied by seasonal vacation dwellers.

DAY THREE: The Land of Plenty (35, 55 or 70km)

We’re off to explore the village of Cumberland and the seaside town of Comox today. Once a coal mining city, 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 after lunch or, if you’re looking for more we suggest you explore Comox. From 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 this evening.

DAY FOUR: Coastal Cycle to Campbell River (54km)

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 refreshing water and perhaps 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 FIVE: Quintesseential Quadra Island (54km)

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 40km)

Cycle the back roads and trails 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.  Stop at a secluded lake or head up to our most popular lake (or both!). 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!

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Custom Tours

Our local knowledge and years of experience creating memorable holidays will give you an adventure that no one else can offer.  For groups of 2 to 20 people, we’d love to work with you to create a truly unique experience.

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