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

Joyful 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
  • Use of a water bottle, complete with ice
  • 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. 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, stop for a picnic or even dinner.  

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 icy cold water bottle
  • Snack
  • A whole lot of joy!

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Paddling in the Campbell River Estuary

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.

AFTERNOON/SUNSET PADDLE

Immerse in nature

Experience Campbell River from a different perspective on this peaceful 2-hour afternoon or evening paddle, depending on the tides. Connect with nature and each other on this beautiful, multi-sensory experience, including delicious dessert, bubbly/refreshment, and a whole lot of local JOY. 

  • Suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.
  • Kids welcome on kayak tours – ages 5 and up.  Please contact us to arrange a custom tour.
  • Kayaking tours are seasonal and begin in the Spring. Please see the calendar.

What’s Included

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

 

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PADDLE & PEDI

A River-Inspired Evening for Women

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 girlfriends, sisters, mothers, daughters, 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:

  • Mini pedicure overlooking the river
  • Leisurely paddling on the secret channels of the Campbell River Estuary (beginners more than welcome)
  • Gentle ball rolling for the feet
  • Champagne and chocolate
  • Decadent dessert

Dates

Wednesday, August 18: 6 – 9 pm

Thursday, August 19: 6 – 9 pm

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 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.

4-DAY/3-NIGHT SELF-GUIDED TOUR

Courtenay, Denman and Hornby Island, Campbell River, and Quadra Island

This 4-day adventure is all about the Discovery Islands. 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 simply pedal, relax, and enjoy your journey.

ITINERARY

MEET ‘N GREET/DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)
Meet us at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa at a time that suits you to fit your bikes and prepare you for your joyful adventure. Your first ride will guide you along the ocean, beside farmls, 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 center, 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 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.

DAY THREE: 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 FOUR: Quintessential Quadra Island (21km)
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 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
  • Island Joy Rides water bottle
  • Island Joy Rides t-shirt (or upgrade to Sugoi jersey)

Not Included

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6-DAY/ 5-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

MEET ’N GREET/ DAY ONE: Farms and Waterfalls of Courtenay (35 to 48km)
Meet us at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa at a time that suits you 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 center, 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 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.

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 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 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 (21km)
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
  • 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
  • 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 

 

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

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