The North Island 1000

If you’ve never explored Northern Vancouver Island, here’s your chance: The North Island 1000 takes place on May 30

A side-by-side, dirt bike and quad line up for a photo in front of a “Welcome to Zeballos” sign.

The North Island 1000 is doable regardless of whether you ride a quad, dirt bike or side-by-side. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach

Date: May 30 to June 2, 2020

Location: Campbell River, B.C.

Route/ Trip Info:

The North Island 1000 is a 1,000 kilometre route that connects all the small towns of the north end of Vancouver Island. The inaugural group ride of the trail 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.

The trail uses existing forest service roads which are predominantly gravel. The group of riders embarking on the North Island 1000 may travel between 200-300 kilometres per day, so it is important that anyone participating carries enough fuel for at least 200 kilometres. 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 progress.

A map of the north of Vancouver Island with a red line highlighting where the North Island 1000 will travel through.

The inaugural group ride of the North Island 1000 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. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach

While temperatures are fairly mild at the beginning of June, Northern Vancouver Island is a temperate rainforest. Please leave all cotton clothing behind. Dress in quick-dry layers with a good quality rain suit. Plan on at least three to four 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, and have an 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 Graham Lindenbach at [email protected].

Hope to see you there!


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