Lakes & Rivers
Cape Scott Park
Cape Scott Provincial Park is a rugged,
isolated, beautiful park located at the north end of Vancouver Island.
The park was created in 1973, Cape Scott has over 115 kilometers of incredible,
remote and scenic beaches, estuaries and trails for you to enjoy.
The park starts at Shushartie Bay in the east, then stretches westward around
Cape Scott running south to San Josef Bay.
White sand beaches dominate the park with
the most impressive being Nels Bight. This beach is more than 2,400 metres
long and is the Park’s most popular camping destinations.
Visitors can choose from day hikes to full
backpacking excursions to explore rainforests, lowland bogs and shorelines of
this wilderness park. For information about hiking trails, visit the
The eastern portion of the park
contains a number of estuaries that are accessible only by boat. You can wander
the beaches at these remote spots for days without seeing anyone.
Cape Scott is also fortunate to have some
excellent examples of old growth forest, including Sitka Spruce trees in excess
of 3 metres in diameter, and Western Red Cedars of similar sizes.
Many giants of these trees can be found
throughout the park, including on the easy hike to San Josef Beach.
Just north of the Eric Lake campsite is a
Sitka Spruce that measures more than 7 metres in circumference. This Spruce is a
popular Tree for hikers to relax under and just soak in the incredible beauty of
The first time that I hiked into the Cape
Scott area was in 1971, it was quite a journey then, you traveled through the
old homesteads where apples and cherries grew wild. I can still remember the
wonder that I felt the first time that I visited this remote, isolated and