“We are dreamers and story tellers. We a group of passionate history junkies. We love Vancouver in all of its diversity. We appreciate scenic vistas and little known nooks and crannies. We are nature lovers. We are travellers. We take the road less travelled. We love meeting new people and showing them this beautiful corner of the country. We love to ride bikes.”
Growing up in the prairies of friendly Manitoba, Josh is a friendly, soft spoken kind of guy, who loves good music, food and the great outdoors. Armed with a degree in marketing and finance from the University of Manitoba and a backpack, he set off to travel the world. Over several years his travels took him to such places as Brazil to study capoeira, a Brazilian martial art/dance/music, a rural village in Japan to teach English, and to Cambodia where he worked for a non-profit and guided his first bike tour – a 3 week educational tour of the country.
Getting tired of the same old backpacker and tourist hangouts, he decided to start traveling by bicycle, taking him to remote parts of Asia that few outsiders have experienced. In 2009 he made it all the way to the border of Tibet after a 4,000km journey following the Mekong river from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The experience sealed his belief that a journey is truly about the people you meet and learn from along the way. Josh continues paying it forward, sharing what he knows about Vancouver with new friends who join his bike tours.
He is particularly interested in First Nations culture and history, pacific temperate rainforest ecology, and Vancouver’s food!
Dan hails from the Golden Horseshoe in Ontario. He spent several years running a community video shop and archive in Toronto. After a prolonged period in the hustle and bustle of city life, he started venturing outside of the sprawl on his bicycle. One thing led to another, and he found himself planning a self-supported, solo cycling expedition to Alaska. Several thousand kilometres later he arrived in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory with many a story to tell. The city captured his imagination, and he decided to tough out the Yukon winter and resume exploration from the seat of his bicycle in the spring. Travelling up the Northern Klondike and Dempster highways brought him through some beautiful rugged land and rekindled his interest in First Nations history and culture. Before continuing his travels south, he explored the Southern Klondike and Alaskan highways. His tour terminated in Portland, Oregon, the bicycle Mecca of North America. Dan has a passion for meeting fellow cyclists and travellers alike, embracing their stories and sharing his own.
Dan has a thirst for knowledge and is an avid reader and accomplished chess player. He has a deep interest in the arts, and will make a burrito that will knock your socks off. As a tour guide, Dan brings extensive historical and cultural knowledge of Vancouver and Canada. His friends (and even some of his adversaries) would characterize him as a real swell guy.
Matt Oliver – Tour Guide As a recovering “auto-holic” Matt traded in his automotive career and 4 wheels in 2009 for 2 wheels and foot power. Hasn’t looked back since. Originally from Ontario, Matt now lives in the West End of Vancouver his home for the last five years and counting. What he’s learned about this stunning city, he’s excited to share with you. He blends his love of local history with his passion for “Vancouver living” into stories “en and on” route. He’s a veritable “cycling historian.” #Cycling #History #Snowboarding #AllthingsVancouver #Foodie #AppleLover
Nick is forever trying to sustain that childhood sense of wonder and discovery. Coasting through the open air on a bike is a particularly efficient way to achieve this. Though it has been over a decade since he caught the ol’ freight train out west from Ottawa, he still considers himself lucky to have landed on the west coast. Climbing mountains to find complete solitude, then coming back down to join in the grand human experiment we call Vancouver – Nick finds beauty in that balance.
Music is his chosen window for understanding the world. Nick plays with local bands ranging from Latin jazz to old-school hip hop, and hosts a weekly global music show on CJSF community radio. He is fascinated with the intersections of cultural traditions, and believes that genuine openness can be achieved through musical exploration. While completing a degree in Communications and Anthropology,
Nick spent time studying in Paris, where he dusted off his French vocabulary and
acquired an insatiable taste for the unfamiliar. After visiting the hidden corners of
cities like Berlin and Amsterdam on bicycle, he is dedicated to offering travelers a
similarly thrilling experience of Vancouver.
Nick’s other interests include potato pancakes, the wisdom of ancient civilizations,
and disc golf.