Driving on Logging Roads

Also called Forest Service Roads, this network of gravel roads, that connects us to the backcountry, was constructed primarily for the forest resource industry.

  • Be prepared – services in backcountry areas are few if any so, at minimum, be sure to bring emergency food and water, a first aid kit, warm clothes, a spare tire you know how to change and a tool kit
  • Let someone know where you are heading and when you expect to return
  • Always use caution when driving on Forest Service roads
  • Always buckle up
  • Stay alert, these roads are not maintained to the same standards as public roads
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible
  • Yield to industrial traffic, use a turnout if possible to pull off of the road and let the oncoming vehicle pass

Expect to be sharing these roads with industrial vehicles.

Expect rough surfaces, potholes, and in the case of deactivated roads, cross ditches.

See a full BC Forest Safety Council’s guide for safe travel on logging roads…


Cellular Phone Service

Expect to be out of your service provider’s range if you are heading into the backcountry.

You will find cell service available in most communities on Vancouver Island North, but if your travels take you outside of one of our communities, don’t count on it. The ruggedly beautiful Vancouver Island North region has many mountain ranges that interfere with cellular signals.