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Island Joy Rides

Campbell River, Canada
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About Island Joy Rides
We are experience makers. Born out of a love for the outdoors and the sense of freedom that cycling and paddling brings, our boutique bicycle and kayak tours are dedicated to helping people connect with the locals, the culinary experiences, and the hidden secrets that make the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and the Discovery Islands so spectacular. A feast for the senses, our Joy Rides help people find JOY in their journey through boutique day, multi-day, guided and self-guided experiences.
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Nyree M wrote a review Jul. 2021
Campbell River, Canada7 contributions
My daughter and I loved the pedi\paddle event. Island Joy Rides took care of every small detail to make this an incredible evening. I highly recommend this event or any other Island Joy Ride event (I have done a cycle tour previously).
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Megan C wrote a review Jul. 2021
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This was the perfect friends night out! Beautiful place to enjoy some yoga tailored to our group, a pedicure while watching the river, eagles and seals. The kayak was great for those of us who are less experienced and the tour included some history of the area, a moment to explore the senses and a lot of laughs and JOY. It was so much more than I expected.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from IslandJoyRides, Owner at Island Joy Rides
Responded Aug. 2, 2021
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, Megan. I'm so thrilled your enjoyed your Paddle & Pedi evening. We feel privileged to have the opportunity to share the estuary and intimate this experience with beautiful groups like yours. Thank you so much for joining us!
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Sharon W wrote a review Sep. 2020
Vancouver Island, Canada1 contribution
Due to Covid, we had a stay-cation in our beautiful town of Campbell River. One of the highlights of our time was kayaking the estuary with Laurel and Richard Cronk from Island Joy Rides. There love for the outdoors, coupled with their knowledge of the history of Campbell River made our evening paddle exceptional. The water was calm, the scenery was beautiful, and Richard and Laurel were so delightful. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting a relaxing, water experience.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Dave wrote a review Sep. 2020
Surrey, Canada1 contribution
My wife and I biked with another couple on the 6 day self guided tour (Courtney/Campbell River). We are moderately experienced cyclists, having biked internationally, (eg. Italy, France, ireland) and agreed that this trip, in our own back yards, was as enjoyable as many of our other excursions!. All of us in our 60's, and we found the routes to be just challenging and varied enough to be interesting and satisfying without becoming disheartening on the one hand (eg. too much climbing) or boring on the other (too little climbing). The scenery was frequently forested and quiet, making for a pleasant journey each day. Bike routes were mostly dedicated bike paths or infrequently travelled rural roads, though when we had to follow the highways for periods, the traffic was respectful and road shoulders clean and wide. Lots to see too! A whale one day, then another day watching a group of 5 seals (right below us) fighting over a large salmon for lunch, and then on other days opportunities to speak with a dairy farmers or take a swim in a fresh water lake. Always something new around the corner. The bikes were very good and well maintained for this trip --- good "Granny gears" for some of the uphill slogs. We had to make a couple of minor adjustments on the ride (eg noisy derailleur, raise a bike seat) but these minor inconvenience wouldn't have prevented our continued travel anyway, At any rate, any functionality issues were quickly and satisfactorily handled by Laurel and her crew. Accommodation was first rate --- nice views from the balconies, good locations,comfortable beds, coffee makers and (bonus!) a refrigerator every night, this last being a real treat and necessity as each evening we typically prepared and stored a small lunch with deli meats, cheese fruit, etc for the following day. Unfortunately, COVID-19 limitations meant a slightly underwhelming bag breakfast instead of buffet at our final stop, but this is the way of the world in 2020.... Laurel regularly responded quickly and informatively to any questions we had as we prepared for this adventure. She had a very informative (though slightly overwhelming) orientation session on the night before our first ride, where she filled us in on some of the highlights/exclusions we needed to consider (eg. farmer's market on Hornby Is. but only on Saturday... we were there ! Certain ferries to avoid and which once to aim for instead. A review of some of the highlights noted in the professionally designed "Joy Book" we were given to help us along. The routing was fairly easy, though I would strongly recommend you request that Laurel send you the files for the digital route maps she has available for download to your iPhone or Garmin device. ( I used on my Garmin GPS and my friend used an iPhone with "Bike with GPS" app mounted on his handle bars. The cue sheets provided by Island Joy rides were functional, but were more awkward to use on the trails than the much-easier option of following a colored line on a gps screen. Ptroviding a GPS to each group would be one improvement I would highly recommend to this company.... our French biking trip was made infinitely less worrisome because the company had provided a free gps (and printed cue sheets, which we didn't use) for the entire trip. Easier to enjoy the bike ride without having to worry about getting lost or off track! All in all, a pleasant, satisfying trip that I highly recommend. Thank you Laurel
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Kathryn M wrote a review Aug. 2020
Tsawwassen, Canada7 contributions5 helpful votes
How lucky we were to find Island Joy Rides online before we arrived in Campbell River! Laurel who runs Island Joy Rides was so knowledgeable about the beautiful estuary where she guided me on a sunset paddle and she is a lovely person to spend a couple hours with. I was thrilled to see the seals all around us! A delicious dessert was provided to enjoy on the water as well as a beverage. After such a great experience paddling, my husband and I decided to rent e-bikes the next day from Island Joy Rides and spent the afternoon cycling via the self guided tour provided. It was varied terrain from narrow trails through the forest, gravel roads and paved streets. The e-bikes made all the steep hills easy, especially for someone (me) who hasn’t cycled for a few years. We highly recommend this company and the people who run it! 👍
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from IslandJoyRides, Owner at Island Joy Rides
Responded Sep. 1, 2020
I'm glad you found us, too! It was so fun paddling with you - and sharing stories! Glad you enjoyed cycling with the eBikes as well. Thanks so much for joining us - and for taking the time to write this review. Wishing you all the best!
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