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Cape Scott Provincial Park

Open Now: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
Open today: 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.
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San Josef Bay

Wonderful spot! Terrible road on the 1 1/2 hour drive from Port Hardy - gravel and washboard for... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Wendy C
Vernon, Canada

Cape Scott was the perfect addition to our island visit. San Josef offered sheer, natural beauty... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Carole N
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Cape Scott Provincial Park is a truly magnificent area of rugged coastal wilderness that is located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island, 563 kilometres from Victoria. Cape Scott is characterized by more than 115 kilometres of scenic ocean...more
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Hardy Bay Rd | North Vancouver Island, British Columbia V0N 2P0, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Wonderful spot! Terrible road on the 1 1/2 hour drive from Port Hardy - gravel and washboard for the first 45 minutes - and watch for logging trucks! Lots of places to pull off and let them pass. Logging roads are well marked but good...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Wendy C
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Cape Scott was the perfect addition to our island visit. San Josef offered sheer, natural beauty with its extended (truly) sandy beaches, drift wood, clear waters and amazing evening skies full of stars/Milky Way. The hike from the parking lot (about 45 minutes) was made...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carole N
Reviewed July 18, 2018

I visited San Josef bay and camped there overnight. The trail is well maintained and an easy walk. The beach is gorgeous. There are quite a few camping spots inside the treeline. If you go past the sea stacks you can get to a second...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank MarkfromtheIsland
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The Cape Scott Provincial Park trails on the Northwestern end of Vancouver Island offer challenging hiking with rewarding beaches and views. We lucked out with the weather; while there were mudholes, the trails were not as soupy as they can be. Good gaiters, hiking boots,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Joanne S
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

San Josef Bay and it's beaches is awesome. Surely the rest of Cape Scott Provincial Park is as well. It's worth the 60km drive on gravel roads with bumps, holes and lots of dirt. But don't go there any other day as Sunday! Even then...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank Maren K
Reviewed September 25, 2017

We went in Sept. /17 . The road was tough ... I was really tired by the end of the drive out . I only hope that the car rental place does not look at the bottom of the car ! Lots of stones thrown...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Larry E
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hiked the North Coast Trail over the course of sevens days through this amazing park. Very isolated but in good company with all the wildlife living there. The Cape itself is a little busier than the East side of the park...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank 123repeater
Reviewed September 3, 2017

We did the North Coast Trail reverse of most- start at Cape Scott Trail head and only went as far as Cape Sutil, leaving the last 16km overland mud stog off. Due to increased traffic on the Cape Scott trail portion from hikers from the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Teresa H
Reviewed July 16, 2017 via mobile

My partner and I adventured to San Josef Bay backcountry campsite for 6 nights. The gravel logging road was approx 55km from Port Hardy was very active and connects P.H. to small communities like Holberg [convienence/gas station/liquor store (limited supplies, do not rely on them...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Amanda K
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

All I can say is WOW! What a view! You start off on a very rough bumpy gravel road and will continue on for about 1.5 to 2 hours.. be mindful of the logging trucks and fast flying vehicles! We did see smaller vehicles make...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Michelle P
July 6, 2017|
Response from HWMinthePNW |
There are not. Fill up in Port Hardy, get a jerry can if you're very worried or you drive an insane beast of a gas guzzler. Keep in mind that Port Hardy is a small town - things close early!