Vancouver Harley Davidson dealer Fred Deeley is given credit for starting the “300 Miler” in 1930. It was a true test of man and machine and in those days, held on gravel and dirt roads, with many riders finishing long after dark. Photos of the 1938 start, taken at Stanley Park, show a long line of smiling riders on Indians, Harleys and British bikes, wearing leather helmets and peaked caps, all with numbered vests bearing a sponsor’s name (“Export”).
In 1948 it was re-named the “Caribou Trails” and went through many changes over the years. Often it was held as a one-day enduro, sometimes a two-day ride, or a ride plus a field meet the next day. The Caribou Trails has always been a timed event with checkpoints along the route and the winner was whoever had the closest time loss between the checkpoints.
The 1980 Caribou Trails Run was the 50th running of this event and the start and finish was held in Hope, B.C. This was a CMA sanctioned event and we had riders from all across Canada and the U.S.A. This was the largest motorcycle Run ever held by our Club and at the time, the largest in the Province with over 1200 people, riders and passengers included.
The weather was perfect and the City of Hope out did itself to welcome us. The Stolo First Nations of Hope prepared a salmon barbeque for all the participants and in the evening there was a beer garden and dance.
The Caribou Trails was conceived as a challenging event and has retained the tradition of a 300-mile endurance ride that continues to this day. The Ride now alternates between a one or two day event with the Run taking different routes through the Province each year depending on the judgement of the Ride Coordinator.
Current Information on the Caribou Trails Run
92nd Annual GVMC Caribou Trails Run
The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club Invites You To Our 92nd Annual Caribou Trails Road Ride Saturday August 13th, 2022
MARK YOUR CALENDARS... Saturday August 13th, 2022 for a great motorcycling event.
Timed Event with checkpoints and Cash Prizes Ride over some of the best roads in the Lower B.C. Compete for prizes in an event that focuses on your love of riding. Route is approximately 500 km All makes, riders & styles of bikes welcome Bring along your buddies, and be ready to meet new ones
START LOCATION: GVMC Clubhouse - Unit 306 - 9785 - 192nd Street - Surrey - B.C.
What has been traditionally an overnight event became a one-day event due to road Closures, fires and expensive hotels. Sign-up for this event was from 7:00am until 8:00am with the first Rider out at 8:01 am. as this was a timed event. We had 14 Riders, 1 Passenger and 1 Supporter sign up for this event.
The day started with a Continental Breakfast that consisted of a selection of Tim Horton Muffins, a Fruit Plate of Oranges and two kinds of Grapes, Jam, Yogurt Cups, and Coffee.
Weather on the day started out cloudy but warm with the threat of occasional showers. In the Langley area, the sun came out at 10:30am but the Riders had quite a cold ride in some of the areas heading north but luckily no rain. The tie-breaker checkpoint was at the Hope Slide manned by Cheryl and Gerry Acton and Dave Seifert.
The Riders rode approximately 500 km with two breaks for gas and a 45-minute break for lunch. The route took them up to the Hope Slide, then on to Manning Park Resort and down to Boston Bar ending up in Langley at Andrea's Restaurant on 56th Ave where their total time for the Ride was recorded.
At Andrea's Restaurant, we all had a delicious dinner at 5:00pm with awards being presented at 6:30pm. First Place Rider was Phil Blackburn, Second Place Rider was Chris Carey and Third Place Rider was Jim Brooke. The Rabbit Award for the Fastest Time was given to Bill Wells and the Turtle Award for the Slowest Time was given to Guy Rodrique. First place Passenger Award for the best poker hand was won by Jahred Jamison.
All in all, a great Ride with no mishaps. Many thanks to the organizer Jim Sloat and his helpers Cheryl and Gerry Acton, Dave Seifert, Julie Blackburn, John Pearson, and Jackie Heppler.
We hope to see everyone out again next year bringing some buddies with you.