Cape Scott Provincial Park

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The Cape Scott Provincial Park is named for its namesake lighthouse site which was named for David Scott, one of the principal backers in trading voyages to the area in the late 1700's. Pioneers attempted to settle in the area which is now the park in1897 and again in 1910 but harsh climate conditions forced them to leave. Remnants of the settlements still remain in the Hansen Lagoon area.

This 21,849 hectare park is a rugged scenic area on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island. The nine beaches of the park total a length of about 23 kilometres. The forest is composed of mainly red and yellow cedar, lodgepole pine, hemlock and fir with an underlying ground cover of salal, salmonberry, huckleberry and fern. Animal and birdlife inhabiting the park include deer, elk, bear, otter, cougar, wolves, Canada geese and other waterfowl species. Seals and sea lions can be seen on the offshore islands.


At Port Hardy follow 67 km of logging roads to the parking lot and entrance of the park. There are no facilities within the park. Visitors must pack supplies and garbage in and out.


Camping - Popular wilderness camping areas include near San Josef Bay, Nels Bight, Nissen Bight and Guise Bay. Camping on the beach is recommended. Drinking water is not always available and should be boiled or treated before being consumed.

Boating - Canoe and car top boat launch facilities are located on the San Josef River near the eastern boundary of the park.

Cape Scott Hiking and Trails - An extensive trails of varying length and difficulty lead through the park and to its notable features.


Necessary facilities and supplies are available at Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Holberg and Port Alice. Vehicle campgrounds are located on the road before the park entrance.

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