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Cape Scott Provincial Park

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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San Josef Bay...pristine!

We traveled to San Josef Bay from Port McNeill, BC over the Victoria Day holiday. The travel took... read more

Reviewed May 27, 2019
Beth H
Seattle, Washington
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
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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

About a 2hr drive on a logging road, wasn’t comfortable bringing a small car on the road. amazing beach views. the hike in is very easy to the beach from parking lot and paths were so well maintained people had wagons to bring belongings to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kathryn R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying at a B&B outside Port Hardy so took a drive out here on a weekend when there were no logging trucks to contend with. There is about 36 miles of gravel road and narrow bridges to get there but it is very...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed May 27, 2019

We traveled to San Josef Bay from Port McNeill, BC over the Victoria Day holiday. The travel took about 2 hours each way...30 minutes on a highway and 1 1/2 hours on a logging road. A large sign at the beginning of the logging road...More

Date of experience: May 2019
4  Thank Beth H
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
3  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
1  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
4  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
3  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
3  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
2  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
1  Thank 123repeater
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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!