Testimonials

Here are reviews of our cycling tours from our past clients. We always love feedback, so make sure you get in touch after your tour!

Following are a number of reviews from our clients. You can find more reviews on Trip Advisor as well.

“Our family of four (including two teenagers) had a great day with Laurel and John on a private tour around Campbell River. After speaking with Laurel on the phone the day before to make arrangements, we felt as if she had really listened to what type of tour we were looking for, as the day seemed to be customized just for us and was absolutely perfect. We especially enjoyed John’s knowledge of the area and Laurel’s treats along the way. Cherry pit spitting in the waterfall and swimming in the river were very fun. We felt really spoiled at the lunch stop when Laurel had ridden ahead and setup a table with real linens and real stoneware, glasses and cutlery for a delicious (and super filling!) lunch on the beach. The service provided to us was excellent and we can’t say enough about how pampered we felt. We would have no hesitation in recommending Island Joy Rides to anyone. It was an awesome day!”

— Diane, Calgary, Alberta

“Amazing 4 days by bicycle”  5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor

We enjoyed our 4 day bicycle tour with Island Joy Rides, every aspect was perfect! The days were well organized, the routes were amazing, the bicycles were excellent and brand new, the food was delicious, the accommodations were lovely, the snack offerings during the day were yummy and nutritious, our guides were kind & caring and very knowledgeable about the area and its history…..it was an amazing 4 days!

I’ve enjoyed this trip so much!  The routes through the forests, along the ocean, in interesting galleries, in vast food supplies and in a circle of great friends on the beach…you have been brilliant!  Thank you for sharing such a memorable trip!  I hope your business goes global and does very well!  You’re a family friend now!

— Quinn

Excellent cycling tour!  5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor

My husband and I just got back from doing the “Coast I’ll Ride” with Island Joy Rides. Laurel does a great job making sure all your needs are taken care of. Great guides too! We loved them all: John, Chris, Sonja, Richard, and Laurel. We had a great time seeing some of the back roads of Courtenay, Comox, and Quadra Island. (I loved the back roads!!!!) A classy bike tour company. If we are ever in the area again I would definitely I sign up for another tour. Long enough to feel challenged, but not too overwhelming. We also enjoyed seeing the local artisans. As a gluten free gal, my food issues were taken care of as well. Thanks for the fun!!!!

Loved everything.  It really was a JOY!  I felt very well cared for from the moment we stepped off the ferry and saw the beautiful, unmistakable trailer, right up to the last minute.  We were welcomed with smiles, snacks and sunscreen.  We had a great cycle tour of Quadra Island; and visited several artists’ studios.  The food was delicious and the extra touches, like tablecloths, real glass dishes and even a glass of wine were very special.  Greatly appreciated.  Leaders were friendly and helpful and made the trip a lot of fun!  Good exercise, good fun, good company, even good weather….what more could we want?

— Cathie Hagenson

“Our Best Family Vacation Ever…”  5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor

...and we’ve been to many great places and am a tough critic.  I recommend IJR with the highest praise and confidence. I don’t give this out easily. Read some of my other reviews if you need reassurance of that.

“A Fantastic Bike Tour”  5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor

My wife and I had one of the most enjoyable bike tours that we have ever experienced. Having never been to that part of Vancouver Island before, we had no idea what to expect. At every step of the tour we were both tested as to our endurance while at the same time encouraged by what lay ahead. Laurel and her guides combine a great itinerary over mostly backroads with the opportunity to enjoy the culture of Vancouver Island through visits to local artisans and beautiful places. The hotels and food were great. We felt the entire time that we were being hosted by people who really cared about the quality of the product.

If you are looking for exercise, great food, and amazing scenery then this is the holiday for you. My husband and I spent a wonderful week with Laurel, Sonja, Chris and John exploring the Comox to Campbell River area. Laurel makes sure that every detail is taken care of and we felt pampered and spoiled!

— Brenda, Calgary, Alberta

Laurel and Kim,

I keep pinching myself that such a terrific trip unfolded as quickly and wonderfully, as it did.  I love meeting people like you who say “yes” and make it happen.  Precisely why your business is going to be such a success.  Quinn and I have had a remarkable time due to you and Kim and all your wonderfully thoughtful details.  I can hardly wait to write my story.  Indeed, it was a Joy Ride.

Thank you.

— Debra Cummings: Editor of Up! magazine

I loved everything about the Quadra Island Tour.  What a wonderful day!  I was very impressed with the attention to detail throughout the tour.  From the snacks, water, sunscreen,and maps at the departure point to the most delicious lunch I have ever had in a park setting, complete with fresh fruit, white tablecloths, chilled face cloths, complimentary refreshments etc. etc.  What a joy!!

— Willy Van Kemenade

If you are looking for exercise, great food, and amazing scenery then this is the holiday for you. My husband and I spent a wonderful week with Laurel, Sonja, Chris and John exploring the Comox to Campbell River area. Laurel makes sure that every detail is taken care of and we felt pampered and spoiled!

— Brenda, Calgary, Alberta

“We found Island Joy Rides’ service to be over and beyond what we expected – Cronk and Barry are impeccable in their service, concern, creativity and nurturing.”

“Pampered Riding”  5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor

We just completed the West Coast Foodies 5 day bicycle trip and had a wonderful time to the point of exhausted exhilaration. Laurel and her guides leave no detail unturned, from the fresh drinking water, to the oceanside snacks/lunches complete with fresh flowers, linens, home baking and fresh fruit from local trees. A variety of terrain is covered, with ongoing adaptations as needed for the group or group members. All of your needs will be met and you will have a wonderful adventure filled with joy and fond memories.

Thanks for one of the most fun things I’ve ever done!  I loved the food, the fact that we met at certain spots but we were free to go at our own pace.  Really engaging guides and I was provided with more than I needed.

— Lucia

The Quadra tour was amazing.  It really was the perfect day!  Great food, fun group of riders, sunshine made it even better!  Having the tour made it interesting.  Rebecca Spit was awesome.  Forgot how nice it is there.

— Dawn

You can see more reviews for Island Joy Rides on Trip Advisor