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

Island Joy Rides

Custom Tours

Single-Day Cycle Tours

QUADRA ISLAND ESCAPE

It’s about island time

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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WOODS, WAVES, & WATERFALLS

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.

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
  • Water bottle
  • A whole lot of joy!

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Leisurely Paddling

Our paddling experiences explore the protected, nature-filled waters of the Campbell River and are suitable for all levels of paddlers, ages 5 and up. Becuase the estuary is affected by the tides, our tours are tide dependent. Please be sure to check the calendar for dates and times.

SUNSET PADDLE

Immerse in nature

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 feel at one with nature.

 

What’s Included

  • Recreational kayak or SUP
  • Accessories – PFD and paddle
  • Dessert and refreshment
  • 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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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.

SELF-GUIDED HOLIDAYS

JOIN US FOR A 3, 5, or 6 DAY TOUR

Self-guided tours offer the freedom to explore at your own pace on dates that work for you. 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.

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.

3-DAY/3-NIGHT SELF-GUIDED TOUR
COURTENAY, CAMPBELL RIVER, QUADRA ISLAND
3-day, self-guided tours explore Courtenay, 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.  We are locals who live, play, eat, and ride here –  and we are keen to share our passion for active travel, fresh and local food, and scenic cycling with you. We have planned everything for you so you can enjoy your holiday without a worry.
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.

INCLUDES
  • 3 nights accommodations in deluxe, ocean and river view rooms
  • 3 days of stunning cycling, with a variety of carefully designed route options
  • 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
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Island Joy Rides t-shirt (or upgrade to Sugoi jersey)

Not Included

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5-DAY/5-NIGHT SELF-GUIDED TOUR
COMOX VALLEY, CAMPBELL RIVER, QUADRA ISLAND
5-day self-guided tours explore Courtenay, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island. Hybrid bikes allow you to cycle on easy forest trails as well as quiet coastal roads as you make your way along our carefully chosen routes. All restaurants and points of interest listed in our JOY BOOK have been researched and tested so you can be confident that your holiday time will be filled with the only the best in our area.
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!

INCLUDES
  • 5 nights accommodations in deluxe, ocean and river view rooms
  • 5 days of stunning cycling, with a variety of carefully designed route options
  • 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
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Island Joy Rides t-shirt (or upgrade to Sugoi jersey for $60)

Not Included

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6-DAY/ 6-NIGHT SELF-GUIDED TOUR
COMOX VALLEY, DENMAN & HORNBY ISLAND, CAMPBELL RIVER, QUADRA ISLAND
This 6-day self-guided tour offers a chance to really sink your teeth into our area as you explore Courtenay, Denman and Hornby Island, Cumberland, Comox, Campbell River, and Quadra Island. The little ferries have a way of shifting your thoughts as well. The longer you spend exploring our area by bicycle, the more connected and relaxed you become. You are immersed in “island time.”
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.

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)
You’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 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: 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!

INCLUDES
  • 6 nights accommodations in deluxe, ocean and river view rooms
  • 6 days of stunning cycling, with a variety of carefully designed route options
  • 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
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Island Joy Rides t-shirt (or upgrade to Sugoi jersey for $60)

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 

 

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