A fun way to see Vancouver Island on two wheels! Sit back, relax and coast forever with Qualicum Beach Electric Bike Tours while taking in the sights!
I just went on a 3 hour bike ride and didn’t burn one calorie!
I know, I know… not something one usually brags about. But hey! I couldn’t resist riding my electric bike with the throttle fully cranked the whole way to the beach.
I’m always on the hunt for creative Vancouver Island dates Gretta and I can do together and we found one in Qualicum Beach Electric Bike Tours. After being suited up with helmets and oriented to our electric bikes in the parking lot we were ready.
I of course had to go all in and select the bike with the brightest colour possible including a basket in the front.
We were styling.
Never being on an electric bike before and no idea what to expect, we headed off with maps in our baskets on a self-guided electric bike tour from Qualicum Beach to Parksville. This would be much more difficult if we weren’t packing some electric batteries on the back of our bikes to go the distance.
Hitting our first straight away on the bike trail I fully opened up the throttle on my electric bike to see what this baby could do.
I was shocked at how fast I could get going.
You can really motor along cruising at a nice speed to get wind in your hair… if you have any that is. Gretta, on the other hand, decided to use the electric bike as an assist to her peddling so she could get some exercise. Of course I jeered her on several times to let loose until she eventually did and squealed right past me.
One of my favourite moments of the trip had to be when I passed a seasoned biking veteran donned in biking spandex while traveling up hill.
I glanced over and smiled, looking and feeling like Marry Poppins, and asked him what kind of motor he had on his bike.
He smiled back at me and slapped his muscular tree trunk legs with a nod. We had a good laugh together as Gretta shook her head in embarrassment for her husband.
We thoroughly enjoyed stopping at Morning Star Farm, home of Little Qualicum Cheese Works, on the way to Parksville and sampled some of their artisan cheeses.
So maybe I actually added calories on my 3 hour bike trip.
We found our turn around spot at the oceanside destination of Parksville Community Park and rode the bikes along the stunning boardwalk watching people enjoy a gorgeous day at the beach.
Everything was going perfectly when disaster almost struck!
On the way back to Pedego Electric Bikes in Qualicum Beach, a little red light came up on my handle bars indicating I was running low on battery.
Panicked thoughts of being stranded out in the middle of the bike path having no way to go back other than actually peddling flashed through my head.
One thing I failed to mention is these electric bikes are beefy and not your typical light-weight bike. Gretta’s electric bike wasn’t even close to running out of battery… maybe she was onto something with this half peddling business.
Thankfully my battery lasted our full time allotted for the tour and we returned safe and sound without me having to break a sweat and no calories burned.
Phew! That was a close one.
Whether you are a Vancouver Islander on the quest for a creative date or a vacationer wanting a fun little excursion, this Qualicum Beach activity is worth checking out.
Qualicum Beach Electric Bike Tours & Rental
Website: Qualicum Beach Electric Bike Tours – www.pedegoqualicumbeach.ca
Phone: Toll-free: (844) 738-9333
Email: [email protected]
Prices: $15 for 1 hour, $40 for 3 hours, $70 for full day.
Open: Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Location: Google Maps – Pedego Qualicum Beach Store – 702 Memorial Ave, Qualicum Beach
Traveling Islander Insider Tips:
• Pay the extra and go for the full day with Pedego Qualicum Beach Electric Bike Tours! Completely worth it so you have the freedom to go and do what you want for the whole day. Although, you may need to come back for a new battery depending on how much you peddle.
• If you have two younger kids you are in luck. We didn’t get to try it ourselves this time around but they had a three person electric bike too! Now that would have been fun. Next time.
• There is a bike path for about half of the way to Parksville so do expect to bike along the street on some points. Traffic was non-existent for us until we got closer to downtown Parksville.
• Another fabulous addition to our Vancouver Island Travel Guide and Qualicum Beach Travel Guide!