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Biking Vancouver Island: Courtenay and the Campbell River

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Enjoy the laid-back, relaxed pace of “island time”
  • Pedal on forested coastal trails and peaceful back roads
  • Watch for wildlife, such as whales, eagles, and seals
  • Refuel with fresh seafood in Campbell River, the salmon capital of the world
  • Revel in expansive views of snow-capped mountains to the north
Slow down and experience the relaxed pace of “island time” as you explore Vancouver Island by bike, visiting Denman Island, Hornby Island, and Quadra Island. Pedal through coastal forests, rolling farmland, and shoreline boasting mountainous vistas, and watch for wildlife such as whales, eagles, and seals. Savor fresh seafood, including locally caught salmon in Campbell River, the salmon capital of the world. End each day at your comfortable accommodation, either reveling in the ocean views or indulging in a spa treatment.

What To Expect

This bike tour is moderate, with an average daily ride of 25 miles and many short ascents and descents. It is best suited for experienced cyclists who are accustomed to sharing the road. The route offers coastal and rural riding, with rolling hills and varied terrain. If your ideal vacation combines scenic riding with beachcombing, fresh food, island vibes, and overnights at carefully-selected country inns, this tour is for you. Most of the day rides are loops, allowing for flexibility of distance and difficulty.  

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Families, Mixed Abilities, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Luxury & Unique Stays
  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • New
  • Classic

Grade & Terrain

This tour is easy to moderate with daily distances varying from 18 – 36 miles, and an average of 26 miles. This route follows a combination of coastal and rural roads, as well as busier roads entering and exiting towns. You should be comfortable sharing the road with other users and be considerate of traffic regulations.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected 3-4* small hotels. Your room will always have an ensuite or private bathroom. A delicious breakfast is also included. 

Single Rooms and Solo Cyclists

If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable. This trip is also available to solo cyclists. 

Meals

A hearty breakfast is included in Campbell River. Lunch and dinners and remaining breakfasts are not included so you are free to choose from the surrounding options. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby restaurants.

Included
  • 5 Nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Hybrid Bike (Giant Escape) plus helmet and accessories
  • Panniers with first aid kit and tire changing supplies
  • Baggage transfers
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our US & UK offices
  • Detailed route notes and maps plus one GPS unit per group
  • 2 Breakfasts
Excluded
  • Travel to / from Vancouver Island
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Meals (except ones listed in itinerary)
  • Optional upgrade to an e-bike
  • Ferry Rides
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Upgrade to an e-bike

When To Go

This tour is available from June to September. You can start on any date subject to availability. Vancouver Island is a popular destination with limited lodging capacity, so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able. The best months to visit Vancouver Island is anytime between June and September! 

Getting to the Start

This trip begins at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa in Royston, British Columbia. Please visit their website at the link below for details regarding the various ways to get to Vancouver Island. 

How to get to Vancouver Island. 

Getting from the End

Your trip ends in the charming town of Campbell River. From Campbell River, you can take the Island Link express to either Victoria, Tofino, or Nanaimo. When booking the shuttle, arrange pick up from Tyee Plaza which is a very short walk from your final night's accommodation. 

Alternatively, inquire with our sales specialist if you would like us to book you a private transfer to the Comox Marina if you are taking a flight onwards. 

Baggage Transfer

Baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20 kg per person.

Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice on what to bring. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, including rain gear, sunscreen, and appropriate cycling clothing, as the weather can vary greatly. If you have any questions, we would be happy to share our tips and advice.  Please limit your baggage to 1 bag per person of no more than 50 lbs / 20 kg. Your bag will be transported between your inns.

Bike Rental

Hire of a Giant Escape hybrid bike, helmet, lock,  waterproof bag, flat repair kit, water bottle cage, and first aid kit are included in the trip cost. Please supply us with your height for your bicycle rental so we can make sure your bike is the perfect fit. E-bikes are also available should you want a little extra assistance to help you along the way. These are subject to availability and require a supplementary payment.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Bike the Waterfalls of Courtenay 21 miles / 35 km Day 2 Bike Denman and Hornby Islands 28 miles / 44 km Day 3 Bike to Comox and Cumberland 21 miles / 35 km Day 4 Coastal Biking to Campbell River 34 miles / 54 km Day 5 Quadra Island Biking Loop 34 miles / 54 km Day 6 Campbell River Loop Ride and Onward Travel 17 miles / 28 km

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