In the Beginning....
If you were asked to write down 10 things that make you "come alive" what would you write? Try it!
After reading Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, I did just that. I wrote my random thoughts on tiny pieces of scrap paper...biking, hiking, meaningful sustainable travel, great food, delicious wine, unique experiences, new and old friendships, taking the time to appreciate the small stuff, exploring new places, paying it forward...
A I read my list to my husband one evening, it was as if an active travel company jumped off the page. I could combine the whole list and share my enthusiasm and love of Vancouver Island with others at the same time. There is nothing like this available in our area...this would be unique! Maybe one day we could offer travel experiences elsewhere in the world!
After much research and careful planning, we knew this was going to fly so I took a leave from my teaching position to tackle this challenge full time. Now, going into our sixth year, I continue to be find inspiration and motivation with every tour. We've met so many interesting people from all over the world who have shared their love of active travel, new experiences, and (re)discovering joy. Island Joy Rides continues to seek out the friendliest guides, the most delicious and freshest Vancouver Island foods, the most scenic cycling routes, the tastiest and most innovative breweries, wineries, and distilleries, the comfiest beds, and the best views.
Whether you are new to cycling tours or have travelled around the world on your bike, we invite you to join an Island Joy Rides tour and experience the abundance of wild, yet refined Vancouver Island culture.
Laurel Cronk: Owner, Guide, and Head Water Bottle Washer
Island Joy Rides Team
Laurel's smile and postive attitude are contagious. When she's not guiding or working behind the scenes with Island Joy Rides, she can be found paddle boarding, practicing yoga, operating her own business, or laughing with a group of friends at Beach Fire Brewing.
Laird combines his loves of cycling, yoga, and travel in most of his endeavours, so it makes sense that he is one of the newest members of the Island Joy Rides team. He has toured by bicycle through Germany and Italy, the local islands, and the Sunshine Coast. He is keen to share his love of cycling and Vancouver Island with new friends. “It doesn't get any better than this!”.
Glenn's passion for cycling, good food, wine, and beer makes it a joy to live in the Cowichan Valley. He has cycled throughout Europe, the Canadian Rockies, and, of course, Vancouver Island and especially the Cowichan Valley. He looks forward to sharing his passion for the island with other cyclists.