About the Park

The park offers more than 115 km of scenic ocean frontage, including about 30 km of spectacular remote beaches. There are many bears throughout Cape Scott and visitors should be well prepared for wildlife encounters and changing weather. Day hikers can explore San Josef Bay, an easy 3 km one way hike from the trailhead. More adventurous hikers can take the 18 km one way trek up to Nels Bight, a great base camp location to explore Experiment Bight, Guise Bay and the Cape Scott Lighthouse. Or try the challenging North Coast Trail, a 58 km one way hike, which takes you along the spectacular northern coast of Vancouver Island. Please visit www.capescottpark.com for more information and to try a virtual hike.

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Backcountry camping – $10/adult/night
Backcountry camping – $5/child/night


Designated campsites include Eric Lake (11 tent pads, food caches and pit toilet) and locations along the North Coast Trail (Shushartie Bay, Skinner Creek, Nahwitti River, Shuttleworth Bight and Laura Creek). Wilderness camping is allowed on all beaches throughout the park. Limited facilities include pit toilets and food caches.


Hike-in only, located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. The trailhead is located 64 km west of Port hardy via public highways and private, active logging roads.


22,294 ha.

Available activities & amenities at this park ↓

Park Amenities

  • Wilderness / backcountry / walk-in camping

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Toilets

  • Campfires allowed

  • Boat Launch

  • Pets must be on leash

Park Activities

  • Swimming

  • Canoeing / kayaking

  • Fishing

  • Wildlife Viewing

  • Hunting

  • Winter Recreation

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