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The North Island 1000


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The North Island 1000 - May 30 2020

(Photo: Continental Divide trail- Montana) (Photo: rugged mountains of Vancouver Island)

There is something about embarking on a journey where you don’t retrace your route on the way back. No time is wasted returning on roads you have already traveled on, your destination is always ahead of you and every turn is new territory.

(Photo: Paiute Trail. Rich field, Utah)

I felt this excitement when I took my kids on trips to the intricate trail networks in Utah, like the Paiute trail, and again when my daughter and I embarked on a 3 three week expedition up the Continental Divide on our dual sport motorcycles. Every day we woke up in a place we had never been before and left our campsite not knowing where the road would lead us or where we would end up. This allure of new trails and riding into the unknown has always captured my imagination and spurred my desire to create something like that in the beautiful back country I have right here at home, on Vancouver Island.

The United States has some famous trails, such as the Continental Divide, which is just over 3000 miles long. It is enjoyed by motorcyclists, bicyclists and hikers and is one of the original mixed use trails, established over 40 years ago. This is only one of many multi-use trails in the US, which has numerous developed multi-use trails ranging from 100-several thousand miles in length. Canada, however, seems to lack in this category, and it’s time we caught up.

Thus, the idea of creating a back roads loop was born. Here on North Vancouver Island, we have thousands of kilometers of gravel roads, ready to be linked for hikers, cyclists, motorcyclists and quad riders to enjoy. The North Island 1000 is a route that connects all the small towns of the north end of Vancouver Island. Particularly, we have been partnering with the quadding community, who’s motto, “See BC on an ATV,” captures the essence of the project.

I have traveled all over the USA and Canada and have been on some amazing trails. But we have the opportunity to create something incredible right here in our own backyard that will showcase the beauty of our Island and bring a tourism boost to the Northern communities along the way. Many people who visit our beautiful Island never make it past Campbell River, when in reality, the true, raw beauty of the Island begins once you venture Northward. So if you’ve never explored Northern Vancouver Island, here’s your chance. We are looking for fellow adventure seekers to join us on the inaugural ride of the North Island 1000 Route this coming May 30, 2020. For more information visit our website www.northisland1000.com.

(Photo: North Island 1000, Zeballos)

Route/ Trip Info:

The proposed route will start in Campbell River and proceed to all eleven North Island communities: Campbell River to Gold River, Tahsis, Woss, Zeballos, Port Alice, Coal Harbour, Holberg, Port Hardy, Port McNeil, back to Woss, Sayward and then finishing in Campbell River. We will use existing forest service roads which will be predominantly gravel. We may travel between 200-300 km per day, so it is important that anyone participating carries enough fuel for at least 200 km. As the number of hotels on the North Island are limited, participants may also want to bring camping gear along to provide flexibility along the route should circumstances arise that slow our progress.

(Photo: beautiful sights on Vancouver Island)

While temperatures are fairly mild at the beginning of June, Northern Vancouver Island is a temperate rain forest. Please leave all cotton clothing behind. Dress in quick-dry layers with a good quality rain suit. Plan on at least 3-4 days to complete the trip, although some may want to go at a slower pace, as there are many side trips to explore.

ATV riders must be plated, insured with ICBC road crossing sticker, third party liability, and have RCMP permit for riding on a designated route in the North Island communities in order to access food, fuel and accommodation in the towns along the route via public roads.

If you are interested in joining the inaugural trek/trip/journey of the North Island 1000 and you want to ride a quad, a side-by-side or a dual sport motorcycle, contact me at [email protected]. Hope to see you there May 30th, 2020!
A north island trail is a great news is the entire route going to be big bike friendly? There is literally months worth of exploring on the north island. San Joseph Bay.7 SanJo c.jpg


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filterwrench There is a route out of Campbell River to Gold River that is a challenge, but there is also an easier way to go. So yes the route could be done by big bikes.
Sounds good. I heard the section from Gold River to Tahsis was a challenge but that was last year the route may have changed or has been fix up by now. Are there GPX tracks available for the North Island 1000?