The BikeHike Story

TRISH_1990_cropped.jpgThe BikeHike story really begins more than 30 years ago... 

Travel had yet to teach me many significant life lessons, bring me out of my shell and connect me with the world. I was far from the savvy adventurer I am today. Actually, the notion of international travel was entirely foreign to me back then. I was busy living out a very average life in suburbia. Toronto was my world.

Until the world as I knew it shattered before my eyes. My mother died of cancer at 46, reminding me that life is precious but fleeting. Her final wish for me, her sheltered 17 year old daughter, was that I go out and see the world while I had the chance. Her greatest regret, she said, was never having made time to see the world before life, and then ultimately death, got in the way…

I had to learn this life-altering lesson about the importance of embracing life in the moment in order to set in motion the decisions, and travels, that would lay the foundation for BikeHike Adventures. 

It took me a while to formulate my plan, but by the time I was 20, I was ready to embrace the world, and I set out on my first real adventure. It wasn’t a grand adventure to see the world, yet, but it was enough to expand my world-view. I moved across the country to Vancouver, where I worked at Expo ’86 and witnessed the world coming to visit Canada. There, I began saving money for an even bigger global adventure I began dreaming up for myself. The grand plan was to spend a few years working my way around the world. After saving money in Vancouver, I launched my travels to various countries until I eventually ended up in Thailand, where I chose to live with a local family for two years, completely off of the grid in the countryside.

It was in rural Thailand that the seeds for BikeHike were planted, though I didn’t realize it until years later. From Thailand, I returned to Toronto and began working for an international travel company. That job quickly lead to my being based in Costa Rica for a couple years, while I guided trips there as well as throughout Central and South America. I always tell people that it was in Costa Rica that I learned the nuts and bolts of adventure travel, the essential industry know-how that would later make forming BikeHike Adventures possible. The spirit of BikeHike goes back further though, to my time in Thailand. It was there that I was first truly transported out of my comfort zone and out into the world. And, more than anything else, my time in Thailand taught me what it means to really connect with people and cultures. Thailand will always be an important, and precious, piece of the BikeHike story. 

In 1994, BikeHike Adventures was born...after I had gained enough travel and guiding experience, as well as some formal tourism training in Toronto. The vision was to create an adventure tour company that connected travellers to the communities they visited on a deeper level than what was possible through conventional travel tours. At the time, only a handful of adventure travel companies existed, and I hadn't encountered any adventure companies that deeply focused on connecting travellers to the destination. They all seemed to be more about the adrenalin of the physical adventure than getting to know the destination and its people. When founding BikeHike, I wanted to reverse that focus. So, since day one, connecting people to each destination has been a core value of BikeHike Adventures, and all of its tours. 

A few years ago, BikeHike adopted the tagline “connecting the world through active travel” as a way to better articulate BikeHike's focus. With this tagline, we hoped to better express that by biking, hiking and participating in related activities, the traveller is given a greater opportunity to connect to a destination. When you are getting around with your own muscle power, you just feel more grounded in that place and you can go deeper into the landscapes and communities than if you are using more traditional forms of transport. You see more places, meet more people, create more lasting memories...  And as someone who has always enjoyed staying active, I’ve also realized that not only is staying active on vacation healthy, but it’s also incredibly invigorating and spirit boosting when you experience new places while remaining active!

Now, 25 years after BikeHike Adventures’ first official trip (in Costa Rica), BikeHike runs tours in more than 30 destinations worldwide...and our address is back in Vancouver. However, the same founding values remain at the core of everything BikeHike does. BikeHike continues to be 110% - nay, 1000% - driven by the importance of staying meaningfully connected with this world. Connections REALLY matter. And we value connecting with BikeHike’s travellers as much as we value authentically connecting our travellers to the people and communities they visit. Basically, the bottom line at BikeHike is always about people, not numbers.  And I’m quite proud of that, I have to say.

So, now tell us your story...and where in the world you want to connect with next!

With you in adventure,
Trish Sare
Founder/Director, BikeHike Adventures

Below are some highlighted Costa Rica and Thailand trips, destinations extra close to our hearts here at BikeHike Adventures! 

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2799.00
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How far can you ride? Find out on this legendary Costa Rica cycling tour. The goal: to entirely cross the country of Costa Rica, from the Caribbean to the Pacific, solely by bike. 500 km / 300 mi.
  • Nov 15 - Nov 24, 2019
  • Feb 07 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Mar 13 - Mar 22, 2020
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2550.00
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This Costa Rica bike tour is an epic adventure that also includes hiking, rafting and kayaking to propel you from coast to coast, 235 km/150 mi from the Pacific to the Caribbean, entirely on your own steam. (Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Whitewater Rafting) 
  • Sep 07 - Sep 18, 2019
  • Nov 16 - Nov 27, 2019
  • Dec 21 - Jan 01, 2020
  • Jan 18 - Jan 29, 2020
  • Feb 08 - Feb 19, 2020
  • Mar 14 - Mar 25, 2020
  • Apr 11 - Apr 22, 2020
  • May 02 - May 13, 2020
  • Sep 05 - Sep 16, 2020
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3599.00
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This trip blends the best of two exhilarating destinations, Thailand and Cambodia. Along this incredible journey, you’ll meet hillside tribes, various ethnic groups and monks draped in brilliant saffron robes. Offering outdoor activities while immersing you culturally, this tour is an epic adventure trip through Thailand and Cambodia. (Biking, Hiking and Kayaking) 
  • Oct 23 - Nov 03, 2019
  • Feb 16 - Feb 27, 2020
  • Apr 08 - Apr 19, 2020
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3199.00
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Embrace Thailand adventure by exploring Bangkok, biking the Golden Triangle, visiting an elephant protection sanctuary, and hiking with local hill tribes. (Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Elephant Visit)
  • Sep 13 - Sep 22, 2019
  • Nov 08 - Nov 17, 2019
  • Dec 06 - Dec 15, 2019
  • Jan 06 - Jan 15, 2020
  • Feb 07 - Feb 16, 2020
  • Apr 10 - Apr 19, 2020
  • May 08 - May 17, 2020
  • Jul 03 - Jul 12, 2020
  • Aug 14 - Aug 23, 2020