Posted by: cherylyoung | May 5, 2012

Cape Scott Prov…

Cape Scott Provincial Park is a truly magnificent

 area of rugged coastal wilderness that is located

 at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island,

563 kilometers from Victoria.

Established in 1973 and named after the site of a

lighthouse that has guided mariners since 1960,

 Cape Scott is characterized by more than 115

 kilometers of scenic ocean frontage, including

about 30 kilometers of spectacular remote


The park stretches from Shushartie Bay in the

 east, then westward around Cape Scott and

 south to San Josef Bay. Rocky promontories, salt

marshes and jagged headlands punctuate the

 fine-textured, white-sand beaches.


The most impressive of these beaches, Nels Bight,

 stretches more than 2,400 meters long and

 210 meters wide at low tide, and is one of the

 Park’s most popular camping destinations.


Other significant beaches include San Josef Bay,

Guise Bay, Experiment Bight, Lowrie Bay and

Nissen Bight.

Visitors can choose between a day hike or a

 backpacking excursion to explore the sandy

 beaches, rainforests and lowland bogs and

 muskeg of this wilderness park.


 For information about hiking trails, click here.


Anyone contemplating a visit to Cape Scott

Provincial Park should be prepared for such

adverse weather conditions as high winds and

 heavy rain, which are common at all times

 of the year.


Special Features:

Cape Scott Provincial Park is home to sea stacks,

 which visitors can access at low tide.


The eastern portion of the park contains a number

 of estuaries that are accessible only by boat.


Cape Scott is also fortunate to have some excellent

 examples of old-growth forest, including Sitka

Spruce in excess of 3 meters in diameter, and

Western Red Cedar of similar sizes.

Examples of these trees can be found throughout

 the park, including on the easy hike to

 San Josef Beach.


About 20 minutes north of the Eric Lake campsite

 is a Sitka Spruce that measures more than 7

 meters in circumference.


This is a popular spot for hikers to stop and absorb

 their surroundings, as well as take photographs.

Park Size: 22,294 hectares

The lighthouse and the Cape are outside the

 provincial park boundary and are private property

 belonging to the Department of National Defence.


The old trail and foghorn were built during

World War 2 by DND staff to give access to the

 beach, etc. but as the old structures, boardwalk

 and suspension bridges deteriorated, they

became dangerous and were removed by the

Federal Government.


BC Parks is not responsible for this trail and not

 allowed to trespass on this private property.

People contemplating a visit to Cape Scott

Provincial Park are reminded that the park is a

wilderness area without supplies or equipment

 of any kind.


Parts of the trail are very muddy. Holberg,

 located 16 km from the trailhead, is the nearest



Visitors should be in possession of suitable maps.

Even though Cape Scott is a wilderness park, a

 variety of tourist facilities are located nearby in

 Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Holberg and Port Alice.


Accommodation in these communities is limited, so

reservations are recommended.

Consult the Accommodation and Campground

 Directory published by Tourism British Columbia

 for names, addresses and other pertinent



Some links that may be helpful:

Cape Scott Provincial Park

Park access and closures:

Logging trucks are present on the gravel access

 road from Port Hardy to the Cape Scott Trail Head.


  Drive with caution and lights on at all times. 


 Always yield to logging trucks, it is best to pull to

 the side of the road and let trucks pass.


Bear Guidelines:

There are many bears throughout Cape Scott park.


  Make sure your dog is on a leash at all times. 


 When camping in this area to make sure food

and other attractants are stored in the provided

 bear caches and that your site is very clean.


Visitors should be well prepared to encounter a

 bear, or bears.


Please be bear aware and check out the

 Bear and Cougar Guide.




Ensure your vehicle is locked and windows are closed.


 Food and other attractants must be secured in

 the trunk of the vehicle.


Bears have broken into vehicles parked in the Cape

 Scott Provincial Park.


Get detailed hiking trail information and descriptions.

The boardwalk is extremely slippery when wet.


Please avoid hiking beside the boardwalk and off

 the established trail as this increases sediment

 flow and will damage the sensitive riparian



All campers and hikers should be prepared for

 extremely cold and wet conditions year round.


Please note:

 Water sources and availability are very limited.


Ensure you carry an adequate supply of water.




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