|08-05-2011, 01:48 PM||#1|
Eat my shorts
Joined: Dec 2006
Location: Bee Cee
Northern Vancouver Island - remote communities and logging roads
I've been meaning for years to explore some of the remoter parts of northern Vancouver Island. I'd been to Port Hardy a couple of times and checked out all of the most accessible communities between here and there ('here' being the pansy-arsed southern end of the island!), but have never made the effort to do some real exploring. I took a few days off work this week and decided to do something towards sating my thirst for knowledge of what lies beyond the beaten path. In particular, I wanted to check out Holberg, Winter Harbour, Zebellos and Fair Harbour. Here are the links to a couple of maps:
There are supposed to be somewhere in the region of 30,000km to 40,000km of logging roads on this island, they're absolutely everywhere, and I'd really only been on very few of them. All four of those communities I mentioned above are accessible only by logging roads, so that would add to the fun (even though I am appalingly bad at riding gravel!), and I got to see several hidden gems that I hadn't expected to, too. That's the thing about these logging roads, some of them lead to absolutely nothing (and ultimately simply come to a dead end in the middle of nowhere), but others lead to beautiful lakes, beaches, views and all sorts of wonderful surprises.
I was gone for 4.5 days and rode approx. 500 km of dirt, covered 1,500 km in total. This whole island is paradise, but the north island has the added advantage of being far less populated, more rugged/remote, and isn't about to be paved to make way for more parking for Victoria Intl. Airport, which it seems is expanding rapidly these days. I've been there a couple of times lately and seen, ooh, almost a couple of dozen people there at once - staggering! Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that the north island is where it's at, and this trip only confirmed this for me. (According to the experts the whole darned island is about to be wiped out anyway by the 'The Big One' (earthquake/tsunami) which is a few hundred years overdue, so I had better get out there and explore it while I can)!
Ride Report: Canada North to South 2008 here
Drive Report: Ice Road Trucking 2005-2011 here
squonker screwed with this post 08-05-2011 at 04:11 PM
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