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New rental service allows kayakers to explore the Campbell River estuary

The Campbell River estuary's serene waters and dreamy sunsets are now more accessible than ever thanks to a new kayak rental services
Ready to put their paddles to the waters of Campbell River's scenic estuary are Leah Hill, Laurel Cronk and Atlas Baikie.

The Campbell River estuary's serene waters and dreamy sunsets are now more accessible than ever thanks to a new kayak rental service.

Island Joy Rides is offering a unique opportunity for both tourists and locals to explore the stunning Campbell River estuary by offering kayak rentals at the playground at Tyee Spit. This new venture caters to paddlers of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced, and is suitable for ages 6 and up.

In addition to kayak rentals, Island Joy Rides will also offer guided Afternoon Paddles from 3 to 5 p.m. on select days. These estuary tours are tide-dependent, so booking in advance is recommended to ensure availability and the best experience. 

The service promises a fresh perspective on the natural beauty of our area. If you have company this summer or are looking for something different to do with the family, this would be a fantastic experience. 

The initiative has garnered support from the Wei Wai Kum First Nation and the City of Campbell River, reflecting a community-wide effort to enhance local tourism.  

Laurel Cronk, the owner of Island Joy Rides, has a long-standing history of promoting outdoor activities in Campbell River and the Comox Valley, where she has offered bicycle and kayak tours for 12 years. Her dedication to community involvement extends to her roles as Chair of the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association, an active member of the Rotary Club of Campbell River, and the spearhead of the Greenways Loop initiative. 

Joining Cronk in this venture is Leah Hill who has a background in outdoor recreation. 

“I am thrilled to offer new opportunities for people to get outside and appreciate the beauty of our community,” says Cronk. “The support we’ve received from our partners has been amazing, and I’m looking forward to sharing the joy of paddling with everyone. Having Leah Hill on board adds even more excitement to our offerings.” 

Cronk’s enthusiasm for encouraging outdoor recreation is evident in the diverse experiences she offers. In addition to the new kayak rentals, Island Joy Rides provides electric bike/bike rentals and self-guided tours to Quadra Island, guided Sunset Paddles, and the unique Paddle & Pedi experience in the Campbell River estuary. 

The kayak rentals at Tyee Spit are a testament to Island Joy Rides' commitment to fostering a vibrant outdoor culture in Campbell River.

For more information or to book a rental or guided tour, visit Island Joy Rides' website or email