Wild Rock Travel
Wild Rock Travel was born from a passion for riding bikes in amazing places. For the last 15 years, we’ve led groups of Canadians to some of the most iconic cycling destinations across Europe. Based out of Peterborough, Ontario, we pride ourselves in providing the cycling experiences of a lifetime.
Why travel with Wild Rock?
Our expert knowledge of the destinations we explore and our unique guiding style mean we can successfully lead very diverse groups. We make sure that all our tour guests have a positive experience. For many of our Signature Series trips we offer 3 different route and group options to choose from each day, so that friends or partners with diverse abilities or interests each enjoy the perfect ride for them. Riders who are happier on easier, shorter routes are taken on easier, shorter routes by an experienced guide whose only aim is to make it a great day on a bike. If you’re a stronger rider, you won’t be held back by your trip mates; you’ll ride in a more challenging group on a more challenging route. We don’t do cookie cutter routes where the only option for weaker riders is to get scooped up by a sag wagon of shame because the route their guide took them on was too hard or long. At the end of the day, everyone comes together over a great meal to share their own experiences.
We could tell you it’s because we’re better looking, more famous, or have a fancy sag wagon, but in the end it’s our compassionate guiding and intelligent route planning that brings our clients back to Wild Rock Travel, tour after tour.
If you are wondering why you wouldn’t just do a trip on your own, here are a couple of major benefits to working with a travel provider like Wild Rock Travel:
You take advantage of the experience we have so your days are spent on the best roads having the best rides, as opposed to stressing over route finding, route choice and logistics. We carry the load so your friends/partner are not stressing you about the arrangements you did or didn’t make.
We look after the finicky details like airport shuttles, where to eat, bike repair, bike storage, assembling your bike, packing your bike, rental bike pick up/drop off arrangements, etc.
Through our insurance and The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) you and your trip are insured. If, on the other hand, you organize a trip for your friends, you can personally be found liable for accidents/issues that may have been caused in part by your planning and arrangements… let’s just avoid that right from the get-go!
Your deposits and final payments are kept in a trust account in Ontario until the trip has been delivered. Compare this to sending deposits and payments overseas to an unknown business before the trip takes place.
Your time is important and precious. Spend it having fun and let us do the drudgery of all the background work.
Where it all began
Guiding and travel are at the very fibre of Wild Rock. Wild Rock began in 1992 in the minds of Kieran Andrews and Scott Murison. Wild Rock, the store, opened in fall 1992 and their instruction and guiding services began at the same time.
In the early days of Wild Rock, Scott and Kieran’s lives revolved around rock climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and skiing. Whenever they weren’t working in the store, they could be found taking people climbing on the local cliffs (both were certified rock and ice climbing instructors with ORCA and Adirondack). Their mountaineering and guiding experiences took them on trips to the Rockies, Appalachians, Mexican volcanoes, Ecuador, Argentina (including Aconcagua), Peru, Bolivia, Nepal and Pakistan (Broad Peak).
After 15 years of leading climbing-inspired journeys, the whitewater kayaking revolution began to take hold. This shifted the focus to leading groups on the rivers below the mountain peaks in Ontario, Quebec, US Appalachians, Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria and Nepal.
By 2002 the emphasis on dangerous and hard switched to just hard! Climbing and paddling were great ways to see the countryside, but the risks were just too high. Scott followed Kieran on the road cycling movement. In 2005 they lead their first European cycling tour in Mallorca. Ever since, Mallorca is a home-away-from-home for both Scott and Kieran and we offer several trips to this cycling haven each year. The fun doesn’t stop at Mallorca, however. Scott and Kieran spend some time seeking out smaller, more interesting roads and routes in Italy, France, Spain and California (not such a bad deal, eh?). These exploratory trips mature into well-crafted itineraries that offer our clients routes with the best views, lowest traffic, superb cafes, and, of course, options for a range of cycling abilities.
Now with over 15 years’ experience crafting cycling trips that bring clients back again and again, Wild Rock Travel is a reliable, professional, friendly and confidence-inspiring travel provider. Our goal is to help you Go Out and Play, here, and all over the world.
Wild Rock Outfitters is Peterborough’s leading adventure outfitter and bicycle shop. At 16,000 square feet, Wild Rock is the largest outdoor retailer in Central Ontario. For over 25 years we have been helping people in Peterborough and the surrounding area “Go Out and Play”! Plus, at no other travel company can you meet your guides in person when you go shopping for gear!
WILD ROCK OUTFITTERS
169 Charlotte Street
Peterborough, ON K9J2T7
Wild Rock has FREE PARKING - find our parking lot behind our store, just off George Street,