About the Park

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A True Backcountry Adventure

Venture into the wild to explore pristine rainforests, majestic remote beaches and unspoiled nature at its best. Explore amazing historical treasures, framed by breathtaking vistas, dotted along over one hundred kilometers of rugged hiking trails. If you seek adventure at its purest, nothing can quite compare to Cape Scott Provincial Park.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Hike over 100 km of pristine backcountry trails. Discover extraordinary kayaking, picture-perfect scenery, and traverse some of the most spectacular and remote terrain found on the Pacific Coast.

The San Josef Bay Trail

The San Josef Bay Trail

The San Josef Bay Trail is an easy 30 minute walk that leads from the trailhead to a beautiful white sand beach. Here you will find campsites and basic facilities. While it is not physically challenging, this day-hike offers rewards of another kind: breathtaking vistas, remnants of historical settlements and one of the most beautiful beaches in the province.

The Cape Scott Trail

The Cape Scott Trail

The Cape Scott Trail is a classic trek for beginners and intermediates alike. Hikers will venture into the rainforests, marshlands, and along wide stretches of abandoned beaches to experience the remote beauty of the park. It's approximately an 18 kilometer, 5 or 6 hour hike, from the trailhead to Nels Bight. Nels Bight is an ideal location to set up camp and explore the remote, sweeping beaches of Guise Bay, Experiment Bight and the Cape Scott Lighthouse. The area offers unlimited beach camping and basic facilities, including pit toilets, food caches and a ranger cabin which is staffed throughout the summer months. Set aside 2 or 3 days to give yourself enough time to really explore and enjoy the area.

The North Coast Trail

The North Coast Trail

For those wanting to take their backcountry hike to the next level, The North Coast Trail provides a highly challenging and unbelievably rewarding adventure. Spend 4-7 days hiking this 58 kilometer trail and experience the raw beauty of Vancouver Island's rugged north coast. Most people start the North Coast Trail by taking a water taxi from Port Hardy to Shushartie Bay, a scenic ride with whale watching and other great photo opportunities. This is a true backcountry adventure and is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the best coastal hikes in the world. This is no walk in the park: It's not recommended that you tackle the trail without previous backpacking experience.

Step into a Cultural Time Machine

Historic Cape Scott Park

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural history of the First Nations, and explore the forgotten fragments of a community of European settlers, lost to the harsh conditions that they braved as they sought to make this rugged land their home.

Experience Breathtaking Vistas

Scenic Cape Scott Park

Discover nature at its best. Giant old-growth rainforests, exciting wildlife, and striking sandstone formations pepper the sublime shores. Enjoy unlimited opportunities for beach camping, whale watching and taking in the panoramic sunsets of an untouched world.


Among the best coastal hikes anywhere in the world.

~ Philip Stone, renowned mountaineer, author of Coastal Hikes

Hiking the Cape Scott Park

If you really want to experience the raw, ravishing beauty of BC – especially its unkempt shorelines, breeze-licked rainforests and stunning sandy bays animated with tumbling waves and beady-eyed seabirds – this should be your number-one destination.

~ Lonely Planet

Hiking the Cape Scott Park
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