Plan & Prepare

How to get to Cape Scott Provincial Park and the North Coast Trail

  1. Fly or drive to Port Hardy

  2. Arrange a shuttle or drive to Cape Scott Provincial Park

  3. Book a water taxi for the North Coast Trail

    Water Taxi


Pacific Coastal Airlines

Cape Scott Water Taxi and Shuttle

Safety & Health

Cell phones do not work anywhere in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Always leave an itinerary at home with friends or family. Consider purchasing or renting a SPOT GPS locator, VHF radio, or satellite telephone for your trip.

Water can be found in the park in streams along trails and near camping areas. During dry periods, make sure to fill up water bottles as often as possible. All water within the park must be filtered, boiled or treated before drinking.

To avoid conflict with wild animals, store food items within the provided food caches or hang off the ground away from your campsite. Do not cook or store food in your tent.

Food Storage

Boardwalks are slippery. Expect rainy and muddy conditions and wear supportive footwear. Ankle and knee strains are the most common injuries in Cape Scott Park.

Driving to Cape Scott requires approximately 60 km of gravel road travel. These roads are well-maintained but it is common to encounter logging trucks. Drive cautiously and keep your headlights on at all times. Make sure that you have a spare tire in case of a flat.

Protecting the Environment

Pit toilets have been provided at camping locations along the trail. Do not throw garbage into the pit toilets – this interrupts the natural processes and makes the facilities smell bad. Pit toilets are cleaned by Park Facility Operators but user maintenance is strongly encouraged.

Cape Scott Park is a remote backcountry environment without any type of garbage service. If you pack it in please pack it out. Help us keep Cape Scott pristine and the wildlife safe.

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Gear Checklist

Gear ListPDF

Download Gear List for Hiking in Cape Scott Park (PDF)

Park Map

Park MapPDF

Download Detailed Park Map (PDF)

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