The 60 km North Coast hiking and Cape Scott hiking trails, at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, is the newest addition to the wilderness coastal hikes available in British Columbia. Hard work by dedicated volunteer trail breakers and construction crews resulted in this newest hiking gem being accessible to backpackers in 2008.
Cape Scott has been a destination hike for many years for those looking to enjoy solitude on spectacular white sandy beaches and dunes. Cape Scott’s scattered relics, old fencing, and planked roads present a look back in time to an early 1900s Danish settlement, and a military radar base during WWII. First Nations presence is believed to go back for 1000s of years. Archaeologists have found a midden on the sand dunes that reflect First Nations use of the area. Middens are mounds containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse.
The North Coast Trail with its temperate old growth rain forest, pebble and sand beaches, links with the existing 16 kilometer Cape Scott Trail, to offer hikers an exceptional coastal wilderness experience. Besides the beautiful beaches and old growth forest, there are lowland bogs and meadows, tidal pools, sea stacks, sea caves and the many interesting rock formations. Wildlife is plentiful as well, with sea birds, otters, sea lions, gray whales, black bears, wolves and even the occasional cougar.
This is fast becoming a favourite with hikers.
Origin:Vancouver or Nanaimo, BC Physical Rating: Strenuous
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