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Old House Hotel & Spa, Courtenay
Each room in this elegant Courtenay hotel features a fireplace, flat-screen cable TV, seating area and an in-suite bathroom.
Ride through the best of Vancouver Island on this charming self-guided tour
Enjoy the best cycling of central Vancouver Island on this self-guided Vancouver Island cycling tour. On your magnificent biking adventure you will be able to visit the funky town of Courtenay and the historical village of Cumberland. Enjoy the seaside town of Comox and the eco-friendly Campbell River, not to mention the magical Quadra Island!
This amazing Vancouver Island cycling trip is the perfect combination of adventurous biking, natural beauty, and the relaxing local vibes. You can try it all!
This cycling tour will fill your need for exploration as you bike through the majestic forests and relaxing beaches while enjoying the scenery of this peaceful place. Indulge your inner foodie with the best local cuisine as you learn where to find the most interesting eateries in town! Meanwhile, the local flora and fauna will delight the nature-lovers! You will have the chance to see some spectacular local species such as eagles, whales, and seals, all in their natural habitats.
This Vancouver Island cycling adventure will let you go to locations you would not be able to reach by car! Everything has been organized in the most comfortable way for you to enjoy it. Book your tour now.
To begin the Vancouver Island self-guided cycling tour, you will arrive at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa (check-in time is at 4 PM). You’ll arrange a time to meet with the staff and get your bikes ready and prepare for this amazing biking adventure. After that you can enjoy the relaxing sounds of the waves and the scenery of the ocean as you settle into the amazing Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa before the beginning of your journey.
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. Hornby’s beach at Tribune Bay is simply magical, a perfect place for a picnic.
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,” this little town is waiting to be discovered. Enjoy the Old House Hotel and Spa this evening.
Today, you will be biking north to Campbell River, also known as the World’s Salmon Capital. The journey will take you through secluded farmlands, past the Miracle Beach Provincial Park, and come right alongside the Ocean. It’s a great spot to glimpse eagles, seals, or even whales. As you absorb all of the amazing scenery around you, don’t forget to stop for some local ice-cream at the Discovery Fishing Pier. Have a seat on the pier and relax tired feet in the restorative water before finishing your day at the Comfort Inn and Suites.
Today your amazing Vancouver Island self-guided tour will bring you to Quadra Island. You’ll enjoy the ferry ride and the dazzling views of the sea before you head out on the island to enjoy its fun-filled atmosphere. Explore Quadra’s picturesque beaches, a First Nations village, hills and adventuresome coastal treks. All of that and more will make this experience a ride to remember. Later, come back to stay at the Comfort Inn and Suites.
Cycle 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. 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. Your tour ends in Campbell River.
This wonderful biking tour in Vancouver Island is always run as a custom tour for your group only and depends on the number of people in your group.
The prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room:
The accommodations on this tour are often a highlight for guests as you’ll stay in deluxe, ocean and river view accommodations. Prices assume two people sharing a room. There is a surcharge for guests that request single rooms.
This Vancouver Island guided cycling tour will provide you with some of the most relaxing and comfortable accommodations. You will be staying in 3-4-star hotels where you will be able to enjoy a Spa, hot-tubs, and pools after a long day of cycling and exploring.
Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel while travelling with your group.
Each room in this elegant Courtenay hotel features a fireplace, flat-screen cable TV, seating area and an in-suite bathroom.
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.
Meals for this trip are not included, however, you will get recommendations for best restaurants along the way during your pre-trip meeting.
Accommodations for 5 nights along the tour are included.
Luggage transfer for this tour is included.
How hard is the Vancouver Island Bike Tour?
We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There are shorter variants on some days.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Canada?
Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.
Are meals included on the Vancouver Island Bike Tour?
No, this tour is self-catering. You will get recommendations for best restaurants along the way during your pre-trip meeting.
Do I need insurance?
Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.
How do I get to Courtenay to start this tour?
The nearest airport is Comox airport, though Victoria Airport may be easier to find connecting flights to.
Is the Vancouver Island Bike Tour in English?
Yes, the information package you receive before the tour is in English.
Where does the Vancouver Island Bike Tour end?
The tour ends in Campbell River, which is roughly 1 hour from Comox Airport.
Can I rent a bike?
There is no need to rent a bike, as you will be provided with fully-equipped hybrid bike (Giant Escape) plus helmet and accessories. However, you can upgrade to an electric bike for an extra charge.
Can I bring my own bike?
You are welcome to bring your own bike. It should have a minimum of 21 gears and please have it thoroughly checked in advance by a competent bike mechanic.
Do I need special vaccines to travel to Canada?
Check with your family doctor.
Are there any travel restrictions for Canada?
Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.
Do I need to tip my tour guides?
Tipping in Canada is customary, but much appreciated. Ideally, you should tip each guide 5-10 CAD per day (from one person) for an excellent service.
When is the best time to travel to Vancouver Island for this tour?
The best time to travel to Vancouver Island for this biking trip is during the summer months.
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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. There are shorter variants on some days. Should you get tired you can ride in the van for parts of the tour.
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