For Vancouver Island residents the “North Island” is viewed as that vast section of rustic and pristine land that extends from the City of Campbell River in the south, to the Municipal District of Port Hardy at the northernmost tip of the island. A vast and beautiful region of towering mountains, untouched forests, broad shimmering lakes and a pioneering attitude that is both welcoming and friendly. There are three main population centers on the North Island, collectively referred to as the “Tri-Port” communities of Port Hardy, Port Alice and Port McNeill. All of these towns are situated on Highway 19, dotted like pearls strung along the Highway’s meandering route.
Further to the west a number of smaller hamlets including Zeballos, Winter Harbour, Woss and Holberg offer their own unique charms. For adventurous travelers wanting to experience the North Island on their own terms, there is no better way than by renting a camper van from Van Ventures in Nanaimo and hitting the open road. The North Island has many fine camp grounds and a full range of services, so why not experience the region for yourself?