4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour
4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour

4-Day Vancouver Island Bike Tour

4 days

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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

Cycle away from the crowds as you explore the beaches, farms, and forests near Courtenay.
Take the ferry to the Discovery Islands and learn about what makes each of these charming islands unique.
Look for wildlife like eagles, seals, and even orca whales!
Enjoy the peace of the ocean from your waterfront hotels along your route.

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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
Distance: 35-48km
Meals: None

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
Distance: 44-66km
Meals: None

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
Distance: 63km
Meals: None

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
Distance: 21km
Meals: None

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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
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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

Meals on this tour are not included.

Accommodations

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.

Also Included

  • 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)

Not included

  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Ferry tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for hotel staff or servers if desired
  • Insurance
  • GST tax: 5%

Optional Extras

  • 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.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. This tour features daily rides that range from 30 to 66km per day. You have the option to choose shorter or longer routes on some days, and you can upgrade to an e-bike for some extra help during the tour.

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