Reviews

Please feel free to read our testimonials online on Tripadvisor Canada, Google or Facebook. Click on the Tripadvisor icon at the bottom of the page to be taken to our page. Here are some of the review over the past number of years.

into the wild tours are great!

“This tour was amazing! We were visiting Vancouver from California (Bay Area) and it felt like we never left home with Paul's care and guidance. It was very easy to communicate with the tour guide and the instructions of where to meet up, the plan for the day, and local recommendations were always readily available. Further, we felt safe the entire time and had many great laughs that will turn into lifetime memories. I highly recommend Paul and his tours!”

Marquise from Sanfrancisco, Califonia - Visited in February 2019

SO Much fun on 2 wheels!

“Just finished up a 3 day Vancouver Island trip with Into the Wild and am looking forward to the next outing! Paul is a great host who goes out of his way to ensure each guest's needs are met. He is knowledgeable and easy going and selected top notch amenities for our trip, from our hotels and restaurants to planned stops to explore what the area offers. Even with the less than spectacular weather, the overall vibe was positive and focused on safety and fun. And the bike was a quality bike and was very well maintained, making for an overall enjoyable adventure. I had a fantastic trip because of all of this and will definitely ride with him again!!”

Joe from Red Dear, Canada - Visited in September 2018

Vancouver Island by bike

“Great day from start to finish! Picked up at hotel, group transferred to ferry where we fit our bikes. Road our bikes right onto the ferry so we were the first ones off! Love the small tour size--great to chat and make new friends for the day. I signed up for the tour as a single person, and I was not the only one so don't worry! Paul is a terrific and kind guide--the group rode together nicely and it never felt like one's riding ability was poor. We rode along at our own pace (while keeping up with the group), and Paul's riding ability was so strong that he could navigate the group to give you tips to climb a hill or put a chain back on. Stopped for lunch at a cute cafe, then continued to wine tasting on top a hill. Relaxed on a beach for a few minutes before heading back to the ferry. You can work hard on the bike! Much is off roading, with beautiful views of the water or local farms. I learned some very interesting things about the Vancouver area and its history, Paul is a wealth of info. Before booking the tour, I was in contact with Paul to share my concerns about my flight later that evening--he could not have been more accommodating in coming up with solutions. Highly recommend the tour for a respite from busy downtown Vancouver and great conversation!”

Danielle from Charlotee, North Carolina - Visited in August 2018

best tour ever

“I would 100% recommend the 5 day multi tour without any hesitation. Out of the 5 weeks I spent in Canada It was absolutely the best 5 days I had. 
Every place we ate had fabulous food and there was definitely no shortage of bus snacks along the way. Each nights accommodation was beautiful!
The scenery along the way was stunning and never became repetitive- Paul definitely put a lot of planning into ensuring that each day the bike ride was different, and that you got to see the best parts of BC. Paul went out of his way to accomdate everyone on the tour and to make sure we were always having a good time. Dont hesitate to book its absolutely worth your while!!!”

Bianca from Melbourne, Australia - Visited in July 2018

Paul’s Magic

“We just returned to California after a week on Vancouver Island on two of Paul's bikes. He set us young foggies up for the perfect week of food and cruising. Have you ever stayed in a cabin about 20 feet above an ocean inlet with the wood stove burning bright and the smell of cedar and pine all about? We have. Have you sat in a hot tub in a very mild rain watching the Olympic Mountains while the wind is whispering through the trees. We have. Have you eaten fresh halibut (as in caught early this morning) drinking Okanogan whites? We have. 

Paul made it all happen. He knows where to go , to stay, to eat. He might even know where to dance all night too but I'll take gliding along the flat bike trails of Southern Vancouver Island going Into The Wild.”

Hugh from SanFrancisco, California - Visited in June 2018

Sure to have fun

"A full day, with pck up At 7.30am, to catch the ferry at 9am (1.5 hour crossing). Then we set off for a good ride through to lunchtime. Paul ( our guide) is hugely personalable, and makes spending time 'with a stranger' very easy. He's knowledgeable about the area, and the region and explains various aspects of the route throughout the day. After the lunch stop at a hearty but relaxed restaurant stop ( with gift shops on site), you then head off alongside beaver and elk river and onwards to either the vineyard or cider tasting. You're cycling for about 50-60k, in the saddle maybe 3.5 or 4 hours I think, so you need a good level of fitness to enjoy this day. Return ferry departs at 5pm. There are full facilities on the ferry. Lots of fun and highly recommend. All in all the day is about 12 hours. Great value for money, and Paul was an excellent host and guide."                                                                     

 Rebecca from Jersey, The Channel Islands  - Visited in October 2017

 

Great multi day Tour of BC

"This was a great taste of some of the best of BC via bike. Paul and his crew were great at taking care of our small group of riders. Great food. Great views. Really great people. Oh my gosh, the views from the rides were amazing and Paul has hand picked the routes, the accommodations and the food.

This is an "everyman" tour that most people who are reasonablly fit can do and enjoy. If you're looking for a training camp or a posh vacations with castles, this isn't for you. But if you are looking to really take in the scenery, smell the fresh air, have a good time and chat with new friends, this is your tour.

Paul has something unique and special here. I look forward to see how he grows this tour and his company. I wish him the best. I would definitely do another tour with him.
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Patty from San Francisco - Visited September 2017

 

Fabulous trip to Lynn Canyon and pitt Meadows cycle

 "We had a great trip with Paul. He is likeable, friendly, and gregarious....just perfect to lead a trip. He coordinated with information well beforehand with directions on how to meet up and we were picked up promptly. A short drive to Lynn Canyon and the suspension bridge and then a gentle stroll through the forest where some saw a bear inthe distance! Paul carries bear spray just in case! There are some steps to go up at 2 stages in the walk otherwise easy walking. A drive to Pitt Meadows followed with a lovely selction of salads and cold meats to make rolls with fruit and muesli bars as well, not o mention the water!
The bikes were in all in great condition and easy to ride and it was a 20km journey but gentle with hardly any gear changing necessary. All the group were happy with the trip and we would recommend it! Paul has any easy way with all the group."                                      

 Cathy and Ken from Christchurch New Zealand - Visited August 2017

For all ages: Nature for the Adventurous soul

"Paul has a real passion for B.C., and it comes through in this excellent tour! I was travelling solo to Vancouver for the first time, and wanted a guided introduction to the hiking and biking trails around the area. Paul went above and beyond to share his knowledge of the area and make the tour as enjoyable and exciting for everyone as possible. Vancouver is fortunate to have access to so many great nature areas nearby, and it was a real treat to see some of the best hiking trails I could imagine just minutes away from downtown. The swinging bridge and swimming pools were both very memorable, and the trails were so well maintained they blew me away (well done, Vancouver!). The hike is easy enough for walkers of all abilities (yet exciting enough that the experienced hiker will appreciate it), and Paul will easily accommodate everyone on the tour without making anybody feel out of place. He then drove us out to the foothills of the Golden Ears mountains and treated us to a very well stocked picnic lunch (seriously, I was impressed)! Then he unloaded several styles of bikes (mostly a combination of cruisers and gravel bikes) and we set off on an easy spin along the many gravel paths that surround the area. Highlights include excellent views of both lake and mountains, as well as a stop to pick some fresh, ripe blackberries! He was willing to adjust the length and pace of the bike ride according to the groups' abilities, although the paths are fairly pancake flat, so riders of all ages should be able to enjoy the ride.

I cannot say enough good things about this excursion. It was definitely money well spent. I look forward to booking a multi-day outing with Paul in the future! I highly recommend this day trip if you're the sort who is fairly active, loves nature, and loves meeting new people. You won't be disappointed."

Alisha from Ohio USA - Visited August 2017

BICYCLE RIDE ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

"We are six guys from Germany, make a bicycle trip every year, this sommer we made a trip of 8 days on vancouver island. Paul Taplin from Into The Wild organized our tour perfectly. He workes out the route, booked the hotels and gave us many wothful tips, we were in contact with him every day. We missed meeting bears, but beside it was a great tour, great trails, good hotels, great meals in the night, a lot of fun."

Johannes from Germany - Visited August 2017

great hiking and biking tour

“I organized a bike tour for my friend from Germany and myself with Into the Wild Cycling Tours. The booking process was very easy, and Paul communicated with me quickly and efficiently. 
Paul picked us up at my residence in the morning. He had a large van/bus with the bikes in the back, and enough comfortable seating for all his guests. We first drove to Lynn Canyon and went for a hike. Due to an incident under the bridge - we were forced to do the tour the opposite way around - which was not too bad. The hike is not difficult, but not entirely easy either as there are some hills to climb up and down. We ended up at the falls where we took pictures. Paul was very knowledgeable about where he was taking us, and provided us with gems of information along the way. He also made sure to help take photos of us at the falls and on the bridge.
We then drove to Pitt Meadows where we started a ride on one of the dykes. Paul's bikes were good quality and very well maintained. He made sure that all his guests were fitted properly and provided clean helmets for everyone to use. He also made sure there was drinking water for each of the bikes. He brought a very nice lunch and snacks for all of us, which we ate before we went on the bike ride part of the tour.
The ride itself was easy - on the flat part of the dyke - and not incredibly long - about 20 kms. We stopped at several points to take a break - which was nice. Again Paul was very knowledgeable and friendly throughout the tour. He knew where to stop for a bathroom break - at a very nice village market along the way - as well as the best spot to pick and eat wild blackberries. 
This trip is excellent, and provides visitors to Vancouver with other views of the areas around Vancouver - not just downtown. Paul is courteous and very professional. It was a pleasure to take this tour with him. I hope to try out his other Vancouver Island tour sometime soon.
Paul dropped us back to our home at the end of the day. The trip lasts all day, and is great value for the cost.
I highly recommend this tour with Paul and Into the Wild Cycling Tours.”

Natalie from Vancouver, Canada - Visited July 2016