“It’s been a few years since ATVBC has put on a face-to-face meeting on Vancouver Island, with the last one hosted in nearby Campbell River,” said Graham Lindenbach, Vancouver Island ATVBC regional director. “Gold River was chosen for this event because it has so much to explore.”
The 60 riders who attended the event were divided into four groups that went in different directions. Here are some photos of the places that they explored.
“With logging roads on all sides and surrounded with mountains, Gold River is a perfect location for exploring with ATVs.” — Graham Lindenbach — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach
“Muchalat Lake has over 40 campsites and is about 12 kilometres from town,” Lindenbach said. “Beyond Muchalat the Nimkish Mainline, which is one of the Island’s longest forest service roads, will take you all the way to Beaver Cove. The other way out of Gold River is the Head Bay FSR. 68 kilometres down this road will lead you to Tahsis. This is an extremely scenic route, with mountain views, caves, and lakes. There are so many roads to explore: Nasook, Tlupana, Conuma, Kleeptee, and Tsowwin, to name a few.”
Quadders take a break to check out the Madill 3800 log harvester on the side of the road. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach
“The first ride was out of Gold River to McCurdy Creek, traveling up and over an alpine pass near Big Baldy Mountain, and returning to the ocean at Muchalat inlet,” said Lindenbach. “From there, we took the Nasook mainline, riding over the headland to the log dump at Kleeptee Creek. There is the opportunity to take a side trip to the beautiful Cougar Creek Rec Site—a highly popular site for fisherman and campers alike. When you ride out of Gold River, the roads are steep and the views are plentiful.”
ATVBC hosted a face-to-face meeting in Gold River to explore that part of Vancouver Island. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach
After the event wrapped up, two groups of quads headed out on the North Island 1000 adventure route.
The 60 riders who attended the event were divided into four groups that went in different directions. — Photo courtesy Graham Lindenbach