Cycling tour Vancouver Island

Overview

Bears, salmon, endless forests – all the clichés of an outdoor holiday in Canada are fully confirmed on Vancouver Island. Varied and exciting; by bike, on foot and by kayak we will explore the jewel of Western Canada. We will see Salmon leaping in clear streams, whales diving in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, bears fleeing into the bushes. “Dream Canada” comes true!

Our adventure begins at Campbell River Airport where we collect everyone by 6pm at the lates.

 

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Tour description

Day 1: Arrival at Campbell River

Arrival at Campbell River (not included). Here, the tour guide will greet you with a warm welcome to Canada! From the airport, group transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Quadra Island 30 km

We take the short 10 minute ferry from Campbell River to Quadra Island. We will cross the island and cycle to Heriot Bay. From there, we will cycle to Rebecca Spit Marine Park and onwards into the land of the local First Nation Indian tribe, the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl). We will learn more about the history of the largest of the Discovery Islands and the local Indian culture. In the evening, we will hike on one of the beautiful trails which, will give us breath-taking views.

Day 3: Corte Island: 60 km to 75 km, depending on option

Today we will take the ferry to Cortes Island, where the harbour is in a beautiful bay. We cycle to picturesque Manson Landing. The water is crystal clear, and filled with salmon, oysters, clams and small crabs. We can swim in Hague Lake or just relax. If time permits, we can continue a bit further to Smelt Park and hike along an idyllic, fine pebble beach while watching the many birds there. We will then take the ferry back to Quadra Island and a long but exciting day will come to an end.

Day 4: By kayak to the seals

Today’s motto: pack waterproof! The first water adventure awaits us as we will go on a half-day kayak tour. With our sea kayaks we paddle to a seal colony. The noise of our paddle strokes are only interrupted by the cries of the many seabirds. If we are lucky, we might even see some dolphins or even a whale. Here, we are so close to nature, surrounded by perfectly idyllic mountains and lakes.

The rest of the day is at your leisure, you can walk along the beach or go to the Indian village to see the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre with its imposing totem poles.

If you prefer to take a whale watching tour, you can do so today. The chances of seeing Orcas or other Whales are quite high. Yet, evn the boat tour, on its own, is breathtakingly beautiful.

Day 5: Kay Bay: 59 km

Today’s ferry takes us to Campbell River, also known as the Salmon Capital. From here we ride into Elk Falls Provincial Park. The thundering noise shows us the way to the 25 m high waterfall. Over a rocky cliff, the water plunges directly into a canyon, simply fantastic! In the folklore museum, we will hear an exciting story about the largest conventional explosion in history, when the underwater mountain, Seymour Narrows was destroyed. Back on our bicycles, we will cycle along the coast from Oyster Bay to Kye Bay.

On the way we see the largest Fir tree in the Comox Valley.

Day 6: Strathcona Provincial Park: Hiking 8 km, Cycling 55 km

A transfer takes us to Strathcona Provincial Park. Located in centre of Vancouver Island, it is also the largest and oldest of the island’s parks. You will walk to Lake Helen MacKenzie and from there to Battleship Lake. Depending on conditions, you can also choose a longer route. The route takes us past green pastures, over wooden bridges on the lakes and offers stunning views of the highest mountains of Vancouver Island. After the hike, we hit the bikes and pedal downhill towards Comox. On the way, we can take a trip to Nymph Falls. You can even check out the largest log cabin in Canada before returning again to Kye Bay.

Day 7: Bicycle tour along the east coast, 56 km by bicycle

Today, we cycle along the east coast of Vancouver Island to the long sandy beach at Rathtrevor. On the way we will get some oysters directly from the “farm” and will prepare them later for a delicious dinner. Especially in the Summer, Rathtrevor is one of the most popular resorts on the Island. The low tide causes the sandy beach to grow larger while the warm sand heats the water at high tide. Lured by the mussel beds, we might even see fish or bald headed eagles.

Day 8: Tour in cedar canoe, Pacific Rim Nationalpark, 4 h canoe

Today, a transfer brings us to Tofina , Clayoquot Sound, a rugged coastline with small islands and high mountains on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A dream landscape. The region is the main location of the Frank Schätzing novel “The Swarm”. In addition, Tofino is the scene of one of the greatest victories of the native peoples who, defeated the timber industry, and were thus able to enforce the protection of the landscape. We will learn more about this on the extremely informative canoe trip. In accordance with the traditions of the Indians, we move today using cedar canoes, just like the original inhabitants of this area. What a nice feeling, so close to nature and accompanied by the smell of the wood. In this way, we get to feel incredibly close to Indian culture. After paddling for about an hour, we dock at Mearas Island and hike to some thousand year old cedar trees. Afterwards, using again our Indian canoes, we will head back to Tofino. A fantastic and informative day!

Day 9: Pacific Rim National Park, ca. 40 km

Today we cycle along the Pacific Rim National Park to Ucluelet, the “safe harbour”. Since the 90s, eco-tourism, with its whale watching and active tours, has replaced the fishing industry in this area.

On the way we will visit “Long Beach” with its kilometers of beach and rainforest.

The Kwisitis Visitor Centre is worth seeing and provides lots of information on the landscape and history of the region. If you are lucky, on the beach you might be able to find traces of wolves or cougars.

In Ucluelet we will hike on the famous Wild Pacific Trail, a hiking trail along the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Here, the waves of the Pacific beat against the rocks and the foam fills the air with a light fog, as we smell the sea and let the wind dishevel our hair.

Day 10: Ucluelet, by cargo ship

A relaxing start to the day offers you some free time in Ucluelet. In the Inner Harbour, you can watch the fishermen. As we stroll further, we may even see some sea lions or seals. If you are interested, the Ucluelet Aquarium offers a great opportunity to get to know the biological diversity of the local marine life without getting your feet wet. At 2pm, we will board a historic cargo ship and sail along the spectacular rugged coastline and through the Alberni Inlet fjord to Port Alberni.

Day 11: Rathtrevor, 66 km

On the way to Rathtrevor we will visit Cathedral Grove (MacMillan Provincial Park) – a forest with Douglas firs some of which are more than 800 years old. The giant trees can reach a circumference of up to nine meters!

We pass by Cameron Lake and proceed towards the coast and Rathtrevor. Shortly before the finish we will pass the Englishman Falls.

Day 12: Ladysmith, 60 km

Today, we will go through Nanaimo, the second largest city on Vancouver Island. We avoid, where possible, the busy traffic and pass by some of the city’s major sights. At Pipers Lagoon Park, a small peninsula in the north of Nanaimo, we will be able to do a short hike. Shortly before leaving Nanaimo, it is worth visiting the Petroglyph Park. Here you can see the largest collection of Indian rock carvings in Canada. Then, its onto our finish at Ladysmith, one of the oldest European settlements on Vancouver Island.

Day 13: Departure to Vancouver

In the morning (around 10am), there will be a transfer to the ferry to Tsawwassen, from where you can take the bus to the airport. Those wishing to explore Vancouver on their own, can extend their trip.

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Day 13: Mill Bay, 63 km

Today, we will go to Chemainus, which is best known for its 39 murals. These represent scenes from the history of the city and attract thousands of tourists every year. This is also a welcome source of income for the inhabitants, after the town’s largest employer, a sawmill, closed in the early 1980s.

We will continue to Duncan, also known as the City of Totems. There are countless totem poles in town, which we can admire on a short visit. Each of them tells its own story.

Then onto the traditional Butter Church, which has been abandoned for over 140 years and now serves only as a photo opportunity. We continue to the beautiful Cowichan Bay, where sailing boats bob in the gentle waves. Today’s final destination is Mill Bay.

Day 14: Cowichan Valley Trail ca. 50 km

On the Cowichan Valley Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail on Vancouver Island, we will ride our bicycles on car-free routes from the small town of Shawnigan Lake to Cowichan Lake. Along the way we will come across the mighty Kinsol Trestle wooden bridge, which was completed in 1920. With a length of 188 m and a max. height of 44 meters, it is the largest wooden bridge in the Commonwealth and one of the highest railway bridges in the world.

Day 15: Avatar Grove – Port Renfrew: ca. 70 km

Today we will cycle to the small community of Port Renfrew, which was built in 1907 as a refuge for shipwrecked sailors. On our way, we will stop at Canada’s largest Sitka spruce, which is 65 meters in height and 11 meters in circumference. The wood of these mighty trees has been traditionally used for, among others, the construction of musical instruments, and its fibres for making baskets and hats. Another giant awaits us in nearby Avatar Grove, where we will see the world’s largest Douglas Fir – gnarled and mossy, but definitely very impressive.

Day 16: Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, 12 km Wanderung

Today, hiking boots are required. At the Botanical Beach at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, we can enjoy the great variety of marine life; live and up close: sea cucumbers, green sea anemones, orange starfish, and blue shimmering shells. The whole spectrum is covered in the infinite pools that remain on the coast at low tide. We then move on to the semi-natural Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, along the beautiful Pacific Coast. This is a beautiful little adventure, going over roots and rocks, through forest and along the coast.

Day 17: Port Renfrew – Sooke: ca. 70 km, 1.000 hm

After the cycling free day, we can do a bit more today and we start with a steep incline, making 400 meters in elevation over the first 6 kilometers.

Then, with much up and down, we continue along the south coast to Sooke. Along the way, we will continue to enjoy a beautiful view of the coast.

Day 18: Gallopping Goose to Victoria: ca. 50 km

This is the last stage of our cycling tour. We hit the pedals again and reach the small town of Victoria. The path shows us the disused railway line of the Galloping Goose, named after the quaint rail vehicles, which used this route from 1922 to 1931. We will enjoy the nature and beauty of the surrounding wilderness one last time before we arrive in the capital city of British Columbia, Victoria. Here’s where we return to “civilization and return to reality. What a conclusion to our trip!

Day 19: Abreise

In the morning (around 10am) we transfer to the airport in Vancouver which takes about 4 hours. The guide leaves you at the airport, where you catch your return flight to Europe. Those wishing to explore Vancouver a bit more, can extend their stay.

We reserve the right to change course before the tour.

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Dates & Prices

Tour information and travel options

Please find below our tour dates, accommodation specifics and bicycle specifics with prices. They will help you fill out our Registration form. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include all applicable taxes. All tour prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy.

Choose from our 13-day version and our 20-day version

 

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13-day version

VIT1 Monday, 08th June –  Saturday, 20th June (13 Tage) € 3.980

20-day version

VIT2 Monday, 08th June –  Friday, 26th June (19 Tage) € 4.690

 

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Benefits Package

Our escorted tours are all-inclusive

Regarding our payment and cancellation terms please view our Travel Terms & Conditions

Our extensive benefits package includes:

 

 

13-day version

  • All lodging (12 nights): Resorts, Hotels, Guest Ranch, Bed & Breakfast

  • All meals: from arrival afternoon Campbell River Airport to breakfast Ladysmithg 13th day

  • Pickup at Campbell River Airport and transfer to accommodation

  • Transfer to ferry station Nanaimo

  • All transfers and desired rides in our minibus during our trip

  • 2 ferry crossings

  • trip on historical cargo ship Ucluelet-Port Alberni

  • 2 canoe- and kayak-tours

  • escorted hiking tours
  • escorted cycling tours

  • entrance museum Campbell River

  • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack) and hand luggage in our support vehicle

  • Transport of your own / rented bicycles during tour and return of the rented bicycles to our home base

  • One experienced guide

  • experienced cook & driver of support vehicle

  • Extensive information

20-day version

  • All lodging (18 nights): Resorts, Hotels, Guest Ranch, Bed & Breakfast

  • All meals: from arrival afternoon Campbell River Airport to breakfast Victoria 19th day

  • Pickup at Campbell River Airport and transfer to accommodation

  • Transfer from Victoria to airport Vancouver

  • All transfers and desired rides in our minibus during our trip

  • 3 ferry crossings

    • trip on historical cargo ship Ucluelet-Port Alberni

    • 2 canoe- and kayak-tours

    • escorted hiking tours
    • escorted cycling tours

    • entrance museum Campbell River

    • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack) and hand luggage in our support vehicle

    • Transport of your own / rented bicycles during tour and return of the rented bicycles to our home base

    • One experienced guide

    • experienced cook & driver of support vehicle

    • Extensive information

Optional upgrades

Accomodation

Solo traveller

Single room – Single supplements are limited and must be requested at the time of your initial registration.

The supplemental charge for a private room is:

13-day version $ 590

19-day version $ 890

travellers who booked ‘double occupancy’ pay 50% of the supplemental charge if no roommate of the same gender can be found.
Additional costs

  • Rental of one of our Rocky Mountain mountain bikes: ($ 180 13-day version / $260 19-day version)
  • Meals after our arrival in Vancouver / alcohol beverages
  • Any additional transportation that we do not provide
  • Gratuity for guides & cook

Discounts for participants

  • 3% if we receive your application before 5 months before start of the tour.

Deposit

  • Your deposit payment  (20% of the price) is due as you receive our invoice, so we can reserve your space.
  • Your balance payment is due no later than 28 days prior to the beginning of your tour (without reminder).

 

Register

Have we piqued your curiosity? Would you like to experience this unique cycling tour on the Trans Canada Trail or Rocky Mountains in beautiful British Columbia and Alberta?

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Questions?

If you have an questions about our tours, we are happy to help. Please contact us, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also call us at 1.250.358.2153.

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