Before dinner, we had a stove operation lesson and after dinner we had a food storage lesson. The estuary is a great place to watch for birds and other wildlife. Birds dominated the wildlife scene as usual and we were always glad to see so many of them. The evening was misty and windy, so we claimed cozy tent pads in the forest rather than camp on the cold beach. Access to the Shushartie Bay trailhead is by water taxi from Port Hardy. We made sure to drink lots of water at camp when while resting. Mike passed two day hikers, 19 backpackers, and six kayak campers during his week in Cape Scott Provincial Park. Sometimes they foraged in the same areas at the same time. I made it all the way to the Stranby River, noticing a huge quantity of sand and seaweed far upstream. The raven alarm clocks woke us up. Cape Scott Park website: www.capescottpark.com San Josef Bay Trail – 5 km round trip, out and back Cape Scott Trail – 15 km one way, plenty of camping options North Coast Trail – 58 km one way, start at the Cape Scott Trailhead or Shushartie Bay Raft Cove – 4 km round trip, out and back, beachfront camping available Water is located at the east side, close to where the trail exits the forest. We arrived at our destination, exhausted from hours of slogging along the coastal route. The North Coast Trail officially ends at Nissen Bight. The First Nations crossed this narrow peninsula, portaging canoes to avoid treacherous waters around the cape. Listen carefully to Captain George’s safety instructions. The property lies about 1-1/2 miles on the west coast south of the main hiking trail. Tweet. Wildlife viewing included several eagles, hermit thrushes, Pacific wrens, Steller’s jays, a loon at camp, and jumping fish! Distance: 8.9 kmDuration: 7 h 59 minPeak: 245 mGain: 359 m. The trail section from Shushartie Bay to Skinner Creek was 100% inland and 100% hard. Hikers may extend their North Coast Trail hike with side trips in the Cape Scott Trail core area. [Download] Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail: Hiking Vancouver Island s Wildest Coast Paperback. Our first cable car adventure occurred at wide, tidal Nahwitti River. The North Coast Trail is just one backpacking trip I've done. There were tons of opportunities for amazing photos. Sunset and mist made an incredible double rainbow that spanned the forest and the bight…a perfect end to our last evening on the North Coast Trail. Here are a few extra tips to make your water taxi experience better: Cape Scott Water Taxi service will start July 1st and run through until Mid September. A black bear foraged in the estuary at Shushartie Bay on our first day. Each year, thousands of backpackers and nature lovers head to the northern limits of Vancouver Island, bound for the jewel of the region: Cape Scott Provincial Park and the recently completed North Coast Trail. A chapter on the plants and animals of the North Coast will also help hikers appreciate the incredibly rich wildlife of the area. The North Coast Trail guided tour is the new crowning jewel coastal BC hike. Keep your pack weight as light as possible. Westbound backpackers do not typically spot land mammals in Shushartie Bay. It's approximately an 18 kilometer, 5 or 6 hour hike, from the trailhead to Nels Bight. 100 were here. Bald eagles, hawks, sanderlings, ravens, crows, jays, and seagulls were with us on most days. Avoid this zone! Each year, thousands of backpackers and nature lovers head to the northern limits of Vancouver Island, bound for the jewel of the region: Cape Scott Provincial Park and the recently completed North Coast Trail. The North Coast Trail is a 43.1 km (26.8 mi) wilderness hiking trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 0:25 [Download] Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail: Hiking Vancouver Island s Wildest Coast Kindle. Our black bear viewing occurred early in the morning at Nels Bight, on our day-trip to the Cape Scott Light Station. The book also includes a lot of "extras" including suggested itineraries, UTM coordinates, and regional information for making the most of your trip. Recommended for only experienced hikers, I was able to blaze through this adventure in ultralight style in 3 days. There is also an old trail from the original Cape Scott Settlement, heading due south to within half a … Hiking later in the summer season meant that some of the creeks were now dry. Mud levels were low. Nels makes a great basecamp if you want to add the Cape Scott Lighthouse to your North Coast Trail adventure. 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Part trail map, part field guide, part regional history, Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail is the first comprehensive guidebook about one of Vancouver Island's most iconic destinations. Nahwitti River Camp has forest tent pads, or you can camp on the beach. Stow trekking poles on or inside your pack. You will feel it again soon on our next trip. We opted for warm and cozy recovery activities instead. We cruised through more easy boardwalk over the upland bog, checking out the bonsai ponderosa pine (a.k.a. The warm summer weather meant that we took special care to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. We even saw a group with a wheelbarrow full of supplies trundling down to the beach! There is also an old trail from the original Cape Scott Settlement, heading due south to within half a … This historic area was the site of a past Danish settlement. After a comforting hot lunch at the Scarlet Ibis Pub in Holberg, we lurched along the soaked roads back to Port Hardy. The weather was perfect the entire week, with only a few showers on the first day. The shuttle took us all back to Port Hardy where warm showers and more food awaited. mabidiwe. The total hiking distance is approximately 59.5km. Outside of these dates, transport must be arranged on an individual basis, which can come at a higher cost, but can also offer more solitude if that’s what you’re after. [Download] Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail: Hiking Vancouver Island s Wildest Coast Paperback. There was lots of time for photos and relaxing. If your looking for adventure or freedom backpacking is the answer!!! Our strolling happiness was short-lived as we scrambled up a rope into the dense jungle. BC Parks charges each person $10 per night to hike the North Coast Trail. 4K Shares. 0:08. Distance: 12.7 kmDuration: 8 h 35 minPeak: 11 mGain: 25 m. We love the warm-up walk along Shuttleworth Bight with 2 km of hard flat sand first thing. He took everyone’s pictures next to the trailhead sign for the scrapbook. Representing Spain and Germany, the ladies loved the frequent whale sightings best of all. We dried our gear under sunny skies in the clearing beside the lake. Whales were not as abundant this week. 0:08. Canada's most remote backcountry experience. Shuttleworth Bight is a massive beach that beckons hikers to stay an extra day. The trip takes approximately 60 minutes and drops you right into the wilderness. Carry full water bottles (there is no drinking water until Skinner Creek). The trail. A BC Parks Facility Officer and his team were camping at Laura Creek in between their trail maintenance work. We probably scared a bear, said the Parks Facility Operators that were camping there too. After George motored away, the only sounds were croaking raven friends, wind in the trees, and crashing waves. Increased prices for the 2020 season. We happily retreated to the sheltered Irony Creek tent pads for the night. Water sources between camps may be sparse during dry summers. On our last day we finally woke to real rain! 2007. They offer great views down the river banks from the middle of the span. The beach camping is excellent. This trail is a step back in time about 25 years to what the West Coast Trail used to be. There is also a ranger cabin at this spot. When trips start at this marine trailhead, the water taxi engine noise temporarily pushes them into the forest. The total hiking distance Shushartie Bay (from water taxi) to San Josef Bay & Cape Scott Trail parking lot is a minimum of 59.5km (37mi). We disembarked the Sea Legend I and began our hike. Soon we saw the blue and fog appear through the trees. November 11, 2019 Filed Under: Coastal, Trail Guides, Trip Reports Tagged With: Backpacking, British Columbia, Canada, Cape Scott Provincial Park, Vancouver Island. Our group gathered with other backpackers to share stories of the trail over a (legal fog-zone) campfire and hot dinner. Be prepared for all kinds of weather! To skip to a specific topic of interest, use the quick links below for easier navigation. We usually set up camp on the west end to be close to the “facilities” and make a trip for water afterwards. After a leisurely breakfast and camp breakdown, we packed up and hiked Shuttleworth Bight by 1000 h. The skies started to clear and we enjoyed cruising the wide open flat sand towards the west end of the beach. 0:31 [P.D.F] Thomas Kinkade s Cape Light: A Christmas Secret (Cape Light Novel) [A.U.D.I.O.B.O.O.K] The Surespan bridge replacement affected hiker access from the Cape Scott Trail Parking Lot during the weeks of Jun 3-7 and 10-14. Sand dunes with grasses were a beautiful feature of this area, complete with more Danish artifacts. It is rugged, challenging, and intimate in its remoteness. From here there is a well-cut hiking trail, it is approximately 14 miles (23 kilometres) to the Cape Scott Point. The guide is not waterproof, so keep it in a Ziplock bag! Skinner Creek Camp was busy in the core zone, but our group set up camp east of the creek. There was the feeling of anticipation as we hung out near the dock, waiting to board the Cape Scott Water Taxi. Purple fireweed near the east end of Shuttleworth Bight was our beacon. North Coast Trail describes coastal hiking routes in Cape Scott Provincial Park at the northwest tip of Vancouver Island, BC. Laura Creek Camp is a welcome sight after a hard day of beach slogging. 36 photos North Coast Trail day 4. After hiking through the meadows at Hansen Lagoon, we arrived at Nels Bight by 1540 h. Twelve school kids and two teachers from White Rock were camping there. The North Coast Trail is a 43.1 km (26.8 mi) wilderness hiking trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. We liked Irony Creek Camp (13 km), with tent pads among pretty Sitka spruce trees and a good water source. The total hiking distance Shushartie Bay (from water taxi) to San Josef Bay & Cape Scott Trail parking lot is a minimum of 59.5km (37mi). San Josef Camp is very popular due to trailhead proximity. The grip of mental focus released as we transitioned into recovery mode. The trail head of Cape Scott Park is located 68 km West of Port Hardy via logging roads. Water is a more convenient here as well. We were real coastal hikers now, decked out in full rain gear, plodding and slipping along boardwalks, old corduroy road, and mud puddles. After setting up, Mike and I hiked the kilometre back to the water source near the eastern camp, collecting eight litres for our group. Other marine mammals included sea lions and harbour seals. The main challenges to avoid this week included heat exhaustion and dehydration, especially when hiking the long beach sections. Christensen Point was an important and scenic landmark. You will be hiking in a temperate marine climate. Her descriptions of each section are meticulous. I saw the cormorant sitting there still, watching the sea from his home. I saw a strange deep pool filled with a miniature kelp forest and hundreds of pale jellyfish. We took short breaks in the open bog areas to hunt for carnivorous sundew flowers. Our team enjoyed dinner at Laura Creek and retired to our tents. Our team bypassed the sketchy rope obstacle between Tripod Beach and Cape Sutil. The Cape Scott Trail systems and North Coast Trails are remote and require solid trip planning. We enjoyed our final dinner together and evening activities included walking the bight, reading, or stretching our bodies. 17 photos North Coast Trail day 2. Courtesy Harbour Publishing. As you will see in the map legends,the maps indicate completed trail sections in green, sections of the route using roads in yellow, proposed/projected sections of trail in olive green, and sections over water in blue. It was a classic west coast day with tree silhouettes in the fog. The cable car will be in sight. As always, birds were daily companions, including Swainson’s thrushes, varied thrushes, hermit thrushes, eagles, ravens, hummingbirds, crows, Steller’s jays, robins (a type of thrush), Pacific wrens, and hunting ospreys. Our route comprised an endless series of small, gorgeous crescent beaches and short forest sections. Carry it back to the urban. Our team was beat and fell asleep to the surf crashing on sand. Light showers turned the cool evening damp, signalling an end to the evening entertainment. We’re still finding sand from the beach! New birds observed that day included: Anna’s hummingbirds, cedar waxwings, chickadees, and loons. Whales spouted all the time now, in fact they became our most common wildlife sighting. We had light rain for the day, coating everything in water. The Cape Scott Marine Trail adds to the adventurous nature of the landscape by adding a designated water route that snakes the coastline, then turns back inland at Quatsino Sound. We also passed the Community Hall ruins and an old well. Day 1: Shushartie Bay to Skinner Creek 8.1km (5-7 hrs.) Wild animals were constant companions on the Cape Scott Trails and North Coast Trail. Unlock the secrets of northern Vancouver Island with this comprehensive guidebook about Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail. Old fence posts sagged under their own decay. There were showers overnight, but the drips stopped before we exited the tents. Irony Creek Camp is probably the most premium site on the North Coast Trail. Jubilation washed over us once again as our feet hit the hard packed sand at Cape Sutil. The Holberg Road, off Hwy 19, just south of the Town of Port Hardy, is the access point for the Cape Scott Trail. It’s useful spot to wait if you can’t solve the Tripod tide problem until the tides are lower. Welcome to our North Coast Trail Guide! Testimonials. Go to Wild Coast Magazine or John Baldwin.ca online for a great map and description of the Cape Scott North Coast Trail. The mix of sand, pebbles, cobbles, and sloped angles drained our energy. Michaela French. George, the captain, was a total professional. Views from the Cape Scott Light Station on June 9 showed the full fury of crashing waves at the cape. Cape Scott North Coast Trail Progress Report November. We saw eagles, porpoises, and a black bear foraging on the beach. There are also man-made wooden structures such as ropes and boardwalks in various states of decay. An alarm was set for our final day to hike 17 km to the Cape Scott Trailhead on time to meet North Coast Trail Shuttle van. The trail was easy and open for the most part, with a few rough and bumpy sections to keep us focused for a bit longer. Otherwise, the rest of day involved hiking along the coastline. We followed the wolf tracks once again, and even saw a small black bear foraging in the sandy eelgrass. North Coast Trail. A long beach march took us towards Irony Creek Camp. Water and storms shaped a massive berm of cobbles and pebbles with dry rivers of boulders. Water was trickier to obtain that day; many of the creeks had dried up or had very low flow. Cape Scott North Coast Trail Progress Report December, 2004. In that fuzzy place where you know you are almost done, almost back to a hot shower and a comfortable bed, I get a lump in my throat and tear up. Nahwitti or Cape Sutil). The big tree that fell years ago across the trail was still there…a project low on the BC Parks maintenance list! One more pub dinner was eaten in Port Hardy over great conversation, reminiscing about the trip of course! Day 1: Shushartie Bay to Skinner Creek 8.1km (5-7 hrs.) Because the river is tidal, drinking water must be collected upstream at high tide. When it was my turn, I did my best to confidently descend like I’d done it a million times before. Solo hiking requires excellent trip planning, a high level of fitness, extensive knowledge of the route, and a solid emergency plan. The North Coast Trail is a 43.1km extension to the original Cape Scott trail. Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Trailhead: 15.4km – 5 to 7 hours. It is the easiest section of the North Coast trail and also the most maintained. We study the weather before our trip using a few different resources. Our camp at Nels Bight was incredible. Here is a fantastic HD video of The North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park: Posted by CapeScottPark at 9:38 AM No comments: The minimum recommended one way hiking time is 5 days; although, it is more commonly completed in 6 to 8 days. Our first welcome sight was John Tidbury and the famous North Coast Trail Shuttle. Cape Scott Park and the North Coast Trail Canada's most remote backcountry experience. You may have to walk a little farther to the food locker or water source, but an extra leg stretch is always good. The official camp - with pit toilet and food cache - is 1 km down the beach. Previous campers had erected a rustic kitchen area, complete with windbreak, log benches, and storm-debris sculptures. After waiting our turn and crossing in teams of two, we entered the forest again. The team drank lots of water at camp and during rest periods. The main challenges to avoid this week included heat exhaustion and dehydration, especially when hiking the long beach sections. There is a BC Parks Facility Officer cabin (yurt) at this location. The day was sunny and hot, eagles and ravens were talking to each other, and we were the cleanest we would be for a week. After explorations, the group shared a late picnic lunch on the logs while a raven watched from the trees above. The Basics: Distance: 59.5 km (including about 16 km which is part of the Cape Scott track). It felt so good and cleansing to be in the cold ocean, body-surfing the waves, sand scouring my muddy skin. Our tired legs and feet were relieved to finally arrive at the expansive Laura Creek Camp (25 km). Maria Bremner has been an avid hiker, nature enthusiast and writer all her life. We observed a lot of bear activity during the trip. Artifacts near Fisherman Bay included the remains of an old wharf where the Danes tried (and failed) to ship supplies. The weather started out foggy and cool, but transformed into sunny and warm. Every step required intense mental focus. The zone is a gorgeous beach about 1 km in length. Because Mike camped at Shushartie Bay the night before his water taxi departure, he observed the local animals over a period of several hours. 2015. This route is very challenging, and not recommended for beginners. 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