Posted by: cherylyoung | December 20, 2012

In the centre of Vancouver Island’s Nimpkish Valley,

the community of Woss is situated along a trade

route used for hundreds of years by native peoples,

a route that linked the east and west coasts of wild

and rugged North Vancouver Island.

In modern times, the Nimpkish Valley has been an

important source of timber, and home to the

longest working  logging railway in North America

(76 miles/122 km).

Wilderness hiking and camping abound in the densely

forested Nimpkish Valley, beckoning to adventurers.

From here visitors can venture off to many unique

outdoor areas, including lakes, caves, rock walls

and alpine trails.

Location: Woss is located on the Island Highway 19

in the Nimpkish Valley in North Vancouver Island,


Travelling distance from Campbell River is

80 miles (129 km), and 244 miles (394 km) from


View a Map of the North Island.

Woss Lake Provincial Park provides spectacular lake

and mountain scenery, and great opportunities for

hiking, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding and

wilderness camping – in the right season!

Visit the Nimpkish Valley Ecological Reserve and

marvel at what’s left of the area’s magnificent

old-growth trees – some are 360 years young!

In summer, tourists can ride along on ol’ Locomotive

113, the restored steam train that rumbles through

the valley.

The 135-ton monster is probably the last working logging

locomotive in North America, having hauled logs as

late as 1971.

Set in the Nimpkish Valley,

Schoen Lake Provincial Park  is one of the most

beautiful areas on the island.

Known for its superb scenery, the 8,430-hectare

park is a popular destination for wilderness hiking,

and offers great opportunities for boating, swimming,

fishing, backpacking and climbing in a rugged,

wilderness environment.

Schoen Lake is a wonderful place to relax and

unwind, and is ideal for fishing, swimming, boating

and paddling.

Hiking trails in the park are barely maintained and

provide numerous hiking opportunities, including

the Schoen Creek Trail and the Nisnak Lake Trail.

Hikers face a challenging climb on Mount Schoen.

Trails are vaguely marked, but as always, hikers

are rewarded for their efforts with panoramic


There’s romantic picnicking just south of the Adam

River Bridge on Hwy 19, east of Woss.

As you feast, enjoy the view of Mounts Romeo and

Juliet, the snowmelt from which fills Adam and Eve

Lakes, from which two rivers of the same names flow

east into Johnstone Strait.

Equally impressive is the sight of Jagged Mountain

and Mount Cain, which dominate the skyline north

of here.

Nearby Mt. Cain Ski Resort offers beginner to

advanced downhill and cross-country skiing

during winter.

At Mount Cain you’ll find untouched powder which

has built up over the week, virtually  no line-ups

for lifts and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of

a family oriented mountain.

With its Island interior location, Mt. Cain has drier

snow than other Coastal mountains and better

spring skiing conditions.

Just 15km south of Woss are the Upper and Lower

Klaklakama Lakes – you’ll find good paddling on

the lakes.

You’ll also find a small Forest Service recreation

campground at the south end of Upper Klaklakama

Lake, as well as a good picnic spot on Lower

Klaklakama Lake near Hwy 19, when you’re in need

of a break from driving.

Between Woss and Nimpkish, about 30 minutes

off the Island Highway on the Zeballos turnoff,

you’ll find Anutz and Atluck Lakes, as well as the

Little Huson Regional Cave Park.

If you’ve never experienced the sensation of spending

time underground, it’s like mountaineering in the

dark with the sight of a smooth, white world

revealed in the beam of your headlamp.

Little Huson’s caves are a good place to begin

caving or even to begin considering the possibility.

A short trail leads from the parking lot to a view

of several caves through which the Atluck River


A mere half-hour drive from Woss takes you to the

centuries-old community of Zeballos on Esperanza

Inlet, and the west side of Vancouver island.

North of Woss is the town of Port McNeill, a thriving

community on the northeastern coast of

Vancouver Island.

As well as being the centre of North Island logging

operations, the town’s sheltered harbour is also a

launching point for sportsfishing enthusiasts who

test their skills in the maze of waterways between

Vancouver Island and the mainland.





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