I drove the 1.5 hour road from Port Hardy area, to the end of the road with Pat P., who submitted the previous review of mostly the San Josef Heritage Park, and the road to get there. I just wanted to add to her accurate review.
The Heritage Park adjoins the Cape Scott Park. If one wants to launch their kayak or other small boat, one drives into and through the Heritage Park, into the tight woods on a short bumpy, possibly muddy road to get to the river. The river level is affected by the tides, and differs accordingly. It is a fairly small river, with lots of vegetation. Recommendation is to park in Heritage Park where there is plenty of room, and the owner, Doug will watch over the car. I have no idea if there is much vandalism history at the Cape Scott Park, parking lot...but peace of mind for a minimal fee would be worth it to me. Just meeting Doug, the owner for 25 years is worth it alone! A nice guy living quite remotely.
The other thing I really enjoyed was the 45 minute walk from the parking lot to San Josef Bay. A easy, wide trail with bridges, and is considered wheelchair approved (we saw wheelchair tracks in the beach sand to prove some had been there). I made a point of looking around and up to see the wonderful trees along the walk. I was amazed seeing old trees which in earlier life, began on a "nurse log", but were no longer there, leaving the large trees propped up on amazing roots. The beach is a very wide, shallow sandy beach to stroll on. I immediately thought how nice this would be to camp on in sunny warm weather like we had. We didn't walk to the caves and places in the cliffs further down the beach (1/2 mile or so?).
I would have loved to talk more with Doug about his creating his park. I found it lovely with lots of cut grass, woods, and some huge trunk remnants in the woods, and a nice stream flowing through. He threw fish feed into the stream outside his house, and we watched the horde of fish taking it in. Also loved the talking Ravens.
Just remember to bring water. The stream might be ok, or use a filter to be sure, but there is no development anywhere along the stream, and the appearance was fine.
The telephone number I listed is the owner, Doug. His listed mail address is Box 38, Holberg, BC VON 1Z0.
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