Cape Scott Provincial Park and Area

Holberg, British Columbia

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The northwest part of Vancouver Island is a magical spot. It is incredibly wild and can receive some of the most severe weather the coast of Vancouver Island ever experiences. It is also one of the wettest areas on the island. Notwithstanding the harsh conditions, settlers attempted to form a community here at the turn of the twentieth century. Their story will unfold before you as you trek the same trails as these hardy people did more than 100 years before you. Expect to encounter mud on the trail unless the weather has been dry for some time. be Parks has recently improved portions of the trail through the construction of boardwalks over the roughest areas. However, the trail still contains sections that are not easy and are apt to be more difficult in wet weather. A significant portion of trail is on difficult terrain, roots or rocky paths; presence of mud during wet conditions. Fairly flat beach walking on sandstone or hard-packed sand. Special features: Sea stacks, sea caves, beach walks, remains of early settlement, lighthouse, wildlife viewing.

Cape Scott Provincial Park and Area Professional Review and Guide

"The northwest part of Vancouver Island is a magical spot. It is incredibly wild and can receive some of the most severe weather the coast of Vancouver Island ever experiences. It is also one of the wettest areas on the island. Notwithstanding the harsh conditions, settlers attempted to form a community here at the turn of the twentieth century. Their story will unfold before you as you trek the same trails as these hardy people did more than 100 years before you.

Expect to encounter mud on the trail unless the weather has been dry for some time. be Parks has recently improved portions of the trail through the construction of boardwalks over the roughest areas. However, the trail still contains sections that are not easy and are apt to be more difficult in wet weather. A significant portion of trail is on difficult terrain, roots or rocky paths; presence of mud during wet conditions. Fairly flat beach walking on sandstone or hard-packed sand. Special features: Sea stacks, sea caves, beach walks, remains of early settlement, lighthouse, wildlife viewing."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Holberg
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Up to 4 days or more, depending on sections chosen
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 102I069 (Helen Islands), 102I078 (Cape Scott), 102I079 (Rasmus Creek), 102I089 (Christensen Point), 102I09 (San Josef), 102I16 (Cape Scott)
Driving Directions: Directions to Cape Scott Provincial Park and Area

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May 2018