Cycle the beautiful Vancouver Island on Canada’s western coastline
Take the 4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour to explore the beautiful coast of Vancouver Island! This self-guided cycling tour begins in Courtenay and explores the gorgeous coastline leading to Campbell River, with stops in the Discovery Islands along your route.
This area is off the main tourist track, and you’ll enjoy biking and eating where the locals do. You’ll discover the gorgeous scenery of the coast, but also the charm and unique character of Denman and Hornby islands. With beautiful waterfront hotels, restaurant recommendations that feature local produce, and spectacular routes, this tour has everything you need for an amazing bike trip on Vancouver Island!
Highlights of the 4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour
4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive in Courtenay
Arrive at your Courtenay hotel to collect and fit your bike, and then you’re off to explore! Your first ride explores the coast, farms, and forests that surround Courtenay. Visit Nymph Fall Nature Park for a picnic and enjoy swimming spots along your route.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Courtenay
Day 2 Discover Denman and Hornby Islands
Today is all about discovering the islands! Each island on Canada’s west coast has its own unique personality, and today you’ll explore two. Start your day with the ferry ride to Denman Island, where you’ll find beautiful coastlines, farmlands, and quiet rural communities.
Another ferry will bring you to Hornby Island. Your bike ride on Hornby will feature the vibrant arts community and local agriculture industry that strives for sustainability.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Courtenay
Day 3 Bike the Coast to Campbell River
Today you’ll be riding along the spectacular coastline and through Miracle Beach Provincial Park. You’ll have great opportunities to see wildlife including seals, eagles, and possibly even the resident orca whales who call the coast home.
After your ride, visit Discovery Fishing Pier for ice cream and to indulge in the famous local salmon.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Campbell River
Day 4 Cycle Quadra Island
Take another beautiful ferry ride to begin your ride on Quadra Island. Your ride will take you past beaches, a First Nations village, and onto some exciting coastal trails. You’ll have to do some short portages with your bike today as you enjoy the scenery.
Plan for your tour to finish late afternoon when you make arrangements for your onward travel.
Overnight Location: None
4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour Price and Dates
This self-guided cycling tour is run as a custom tour for your group and the price per person is fixed. The best time to travel to the west coast of Canada for this tour is July and August when the weather is at its warmest and sunniest.
The prices below are per person:
- Self-guided solo travellers: $1,450 USD
- Self-guided groups of 2+: $1,050 USD per person
Accommodation on the 4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour
This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2 and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.
In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.
Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible (please enquire for the pricing).
Hotels on Standard Tour
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa, Courtenay ★★★
Located on the shores of the Salish Sea and 8 km outside of Courtenay, British Columbia, this resort offers an oceanfront spa and on-site dining with a scenic view on both sides.
Comfort Inn & Suites, Campbell River ★★★
Located on the waterfront, the Comfort Inn & Suites is in Campbell River. An indoor pool and hot tub are available. A hot breakfast is served each morning.
What’s Included on the 4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour?
Meals on this tour are not included.
Accommodations for 3 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Courtenay and after the tour in Campbell River are not included but can be added as a supplement.
Transportation during the Tour
Transportation for your luggage is included between Courtenay and Campbell River. Airport transfers and ferries are not included, but return shuttles to the Comox Airport or your hotel can be added as a supplement.
- Fully-equipped hybrid bike (Giant Escape), plus helmet and accessories
- Bike Bags
- First aid kit
- Tire patch kit
- Pre-trip information package
- Tour maps, cue sheets, digital maps and historical information
- Stop and meal recommendations
- Emergency support
- Branded water bottle
- Branded t-shirt (or upgrade to Sugoi Jersey)
- Ferry tickets
- Personal expenses
- Gratuities for hotel staff or servers if desired
- GST tax: 5%
- Additional nights in Courtenay before the tour or Campbell River after the tour
- Upgrade to E-Bike
- Added guide and lunches
- Optional activities or excursions
Frequently Asked Questions about 4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour
Island Joy Rides is a boutique tour operator specializing in sharing the best of Vancouver Island Cycling. Whether it is great food, stunning coastal views, charming towns or just a break to enjoy “Island Life”, Island Joy Rides is there to ensure you have a wonderful holiday.Learn More
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