One of Cape Scott Provincial Park’s special features are its sea stacks, which can be seen and accessed at low tide. 11 tent pads, located in the forest, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is not as strenuous as the past sections but can be difficult and is the final stretch of the North Coast Trail! Hansen Lagoon: Length 14.7 kilometres from the trailhead. Nissen Bight Camp The North Coast Trail ends at the eastern end of the beach at Nissen Bight. You also agree to receive email updates on new posts and offers. Day 4 -Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Lighthouse & Back to Nels Bight (23 km) Day four promised to be another long day, we intended to hit the Cape Scott Lighthouse and return to Nels Bight. Sea Otter Cove is only passable at mid to low tide. This area is also a good base for those exploring the rest of the park. This is a popular spot for a picnic or rest. The park is characterized by 40 miles (64 km) of scenic and rugged ocean frontage from Nissen Bay in the north to San Josef Bay in the south. My understanding was that the Cape Scott Trail had very minimal elevation change, and I found that to be very true. Cape Scott Provincial Park is located about 563 kilometres from Victoria. I passed through an old pioneer village with artifacts and the foundation of one of their homes. When we finally arrived at Nissen Bight, with sore wet feet, bed sounded like the best option. I woke up on Day 5 to fairly optimistic looking skies. Other significant beaches include San Josef Bay, Guise Bay, Experiment Bight, Lowrie Bay and Nissen Bight. Average one-way hiking time: 45 minutes. Lucky visitors may sometimes spot sea otters, an endangered species, in the bay. Nissen Bight/Nels Bight Junction: Length 13.1 km from the trailhead. Facebook. Left takes you to San Josef Bay 1.7km, which was where we were headed on this day. Distance: Then official North Coast Trail is 43 km (Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight) plus a mandatory 15 km exit on the Cape Scott Trail (Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Trailhead). Visitors should be prepared to encounter wolves and bears within the park. Nels Bight is the most impressive of the 9 beaches in the park, at 2,400 metres long and over 200 metres wide! Email. When you reach the Nissen Bight cutoff, the trail splits in two, one leads to Nissen Bight’s and the other to Nels Bight. The public may visit the lighthouse, which is outside the provincial park and federally operated. The park is also home to excellent examples of old-growth forest. The remains of the second dyke built by the settlers could also be seen. I realize day hikes to the lighthouse is longer from Nissen but I am not too concerned with that. Day 6 - July 18, 2015 - Nissen Bight to Nels Bight, then up to Cape Scott Lighthouse and back This day was cloudy on and off, but finally beautifully sunny as we sat on the long white sandy beach of (very busy) Nels Bight. Planning to spend two nights at either Nissen Bight or Nels Bight and dayhike from there. Visit the sand neck, Guise Bay, Experiment Bight or even the Cape Scott Lighthouse (7 km from Nels Bight) if you’re feeling up to it at this point in your journey. In total I hiked 5.8 kilometres to the first beach – Nels Bight. Fisherman River: Length 9.3 kilometres from the trailhead. Day 4, Aug 20, Laura Creek to Nels Bight – about 13km, 3 hours 2 hours to Nissen Bight, 1 hour to Nels Bight Rain stopped in the morning but started again when I got moving. We are looking for less campers if that makes a difference. Average one-way hiking time: 5 hours. This is a popular camping destination with a beautiful sandy shoreline. Cape Scott is a Mecca for hiking enthusiasts, and hikers should be prepared and knowledgeable for coastal hiking. Continue north along a rough section to Nissen Bight, a popular camping area, or turn west and travel to Nels Bight and the other beaches on the route to Cape Scott. Continue north along a rough section to Nissen Bight, a popular camping area, or turn west and travel to Nels Bight and the other beaches on the route to Cape Scott. The section between Laura Creek and Nissen Bight heads inland and features many boardwalks and bridges. The park is characterized by 40 miles (64 km) of scenic and rugged ocean frontage from Nissen Bay in the north to San Josef Bay in the south. Fisherman Bay was where the Cape Scott Store and Post Office was located during the second settlement attempt. Nissen Bight junction to Nels Bight beach (13.1km to 16.8km) The path splits again with one route to Nels Bight and Cape Scott, the other to Nissen Bight and the North Coast Trail. Turn left for Nels Bight. Nissen Bight West from Mapcarta, the free map. Planning to spend two nights at either Nissen Bight or Nels Bight and dayhike from there. Eric Lake: Length 3 kilometres from the trailhead. As soon as I hiked to the end of Nissen Bight and got onto the Cape Scott Trail, I knew I was going to be on a very different sort of trail for the rest of my hike. Normally, when you go into Cape Scott Park, your objective is to get to Cape Scott and buy a souvenir there, but since Daddy … Back to these later. View their backpacking trail video here. There were all kinds of remnants of the settlements. Nissen Bight: Length 15 kilometres from the trailhead. Left takes you to San Josef Bay 1.7km, which was where we were headed on this day. Average one-way hiking time: 4.5 hours. This area has a beautiful sandy beach, however there is no year-round drinking water or facilities available. Cape Scott: Length 23.6 kilometres from the trailhead. Nels Bight, about midway between the eastern boundary of the park near Nissen Bight and the Cape Scott Lighthouse, is a fine-textured white sand beach, 2,400 meters long and 210 meters wide and considered to be the most impressive of the nine beaches in the park. Average one-way hiking time: 5 hours. The next morning, with the rain lightening up we finished packing up camp and set out to Nels Bight. My original plan had been to hike all the way to the lighthouse and camp at This is a popular camping destination with a beautiful sandy shoreline. Today, people come to Cape Scott Provincial Park for its unparalleled hiking and camping opportunities. Nels Bight, midway between the eastern boundary of the park near Nissen Bight and the Cape Scott Lighthouse, is a 3km-long (1 3/4-mile), white-sand beach; it's considered the most impressive of the nine beaches in the park. Nels Bight: Length 16.8 kilometres from the trailhead. Cape Scott Provincial Park is located about 563 kilometres from Victoria. However, the park is open all year round for those that don’t mind winter camping opportunities. The landscape changes again at Hansen Meadows, where 20th century settlers cleared the land in preparation for farming. Follow us on social media and keep up-to-date with the geographic and travel quarterly magazine of British Columbia. There were more remnants of the old settlement here, including quite a few fence posts that were still standing. The beaches of Cape Scott Park are incredibly beautiful and well worth the hike in. Any recomendations out there? The Cape Scott North Coast Trail (grand opening May 10, 2008) is a 43km extension of the existing Cape Scott trail. Contributed by: Karysa Brossoit and Jackie Johnson of @backpackingplanet. These are memories you’ll want to keep forever. I have to admire the courage of the people who chose to settle in such a hostile and remote area. Hansen Lagoon is a stopping place for Canada geese and a variety of waterfowl traveling the Pacific Flyway. From this point the route gains elevation quite quickly until you reach the summit of Mt. It was strange to be done with the near-isolation too. The climbs that did exist on it were fairly gradual, and it was really easy to hike fast after days of having to watch every single step I took. Just before Nissen Bight a small side trail leads to Fisherman Bay. San Josef Bay: Length 2.5 kilometres from the trailhead. It's a two-person wide, flat gravel path which winds back and forth and up and down small hills through the old growth forest. The main features of the park which catch people by surprise are the underpopulated string of beautiful sandy beaches - San Josef Bay, Nels Bight, Guise Bay, Experiment Bight and Nissen Bight Beaches. Near the junction are several historic features including the burial site of an adopted son of the local schoolteacher. However, the water source is a creek at the eastern end of the beach. Experiment Bight: Length 18.9 kilometres from the trailhead. Day 4 -Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Lighthouse & Back to Nels Bight (23 km) Day four promised to be another long day, we intended to hit the Cape Scott Lighthouse and return to Nels Bight. Unofficial sites can be found elsewhere but … Nissen Bight – 41.3 km. The following information comes from the BC Parks website, http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cape_scott/hiking.html. Cape Scott is a wilderness park, and backcountry camping locations are available. The trail from the parking lot to I treated all of the water that I drank on my NCT hike and my Juan de Fuca hike, but this water was a little colourful, and I don't think I waited the full 30 minutes I was supposed to before I drank it. The lot is about 64 kilometres west of Port Hardy, and can be reached by car through a combination of public highways and private, active logging roads. Contributed by: Karysa Brossoit and Jackie Johnson of @backpackingplanet. Fresh water at Nels Bight is of a shade of silt similar to Cape Sutil's. Details. Remember to boil, filter or treat all drinking water before consuming. The trail forks here – go straight ahead to Nissen Bight, or left to Nels Bight and Cape Scott. Night 3: Shuttleworth Bight Night 4: Nissen Bight (bypassing Laura Creek) Night 5: Guise Bay (Our Favourite) Night 6: Nels Bight. Nissen Bight West from Mapcarta, the free map. Day 7-Nels Bight to Erik Lake: Distance 13 km It is time to head back to civilization. It is smaller than Nel’s Bight and sees far fewer visitors. The first dyke they built was destroyed during a particularly bad storm, so they built it again, paying attention to tides, prevailing winds, and other things that I barely have any kind of a grasp on. In a way it was a little sad to be done with the NCT. Day 5/6-Nissen Bight to Nels Bight: Distance 6 km A great place to take a well-earned rest day, explore the magnificent beach, and a one of the easy Cape Scott trails. The minimum one-way hiking time is about 5 days, but most hikers take 6 to 8 days to complete the trail. With a beautiful sandy beach stretching more 2,400 metres long and 210 metres wide at low tide, Nels Bight is the most popular camping destination in the park. The most impressive of these beaches, Nels Bight, stretches more than 2,400 metres long and 210 metres wide at low tide, and is one of the park’s most popular camping destinations. In total I hiked 5.8 kilometres to the first beach – Nels Bight. Nels Bight is the most impressive of the 9 beaches in the park, at 2,400 metres long and over 200 metres wide! Nissen Bight Nels Experiment Bight Bight Guise Bay Hansen Lagoon William Lake Eric Lake Brink Lake Port Hardy Lowrie Bay Cape Russell San Josef Bay Cape Scott San Josef Trail ... Sayward Junction 168 km 2 ½ hours Campbell River 232 km 3 ½ hours Courtenay 292 km 4 hours Nanaimo 387 km 5 hours On day two, we had to do a six kilometre hike from Nissen Bight to Nels Bight, since Nels Bight is a good place to start to go to the actual cape. The trail itself was clearly an old settler's road in places. Start typing to see results or hit ESC to close, http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cape_scott/hiking.html, http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/cape_scott/, Guided Kayaking Trips: the perfect COVID-19 escape. Average one-way hiking time: 7 hours. The thought of bad weather was a little less daunting at this point, knowing I only had one more night on the trail before I could look forward to a warm, dry bed in Port Hardy. More than 100 years ago this area was the main settlement of the Danish pioneers, who grew crops and hay here on the open meadows. Nissen Bight is 15km from the trailhead. There are 11 wilderness campsites, and fees are applicable during the main camping season from May 1 to Sept. 30. The lot is about 64 kilometres west of Port Hardy, and can be reached by car through a combination of public highways and private, active logging roads. The Federal Government has removed the suspension bridges and closed all public access between the lighthouse and foghorn at the Cape itself. North Coast Trail: This trail is an extension of the original Cape Scott Trail, stretching 43.1 kilometres, with a total hiking distance of about 59.5 kilometres. Some mud pits were on … Eventually the trail descends and an elaborate staircase leads to the beach at Nissen Bight. Nissen Bight West is a campsite in British Columbia. The trail`s transition from rugged to easy becomes evident when heading towards the junction from Nissen Bight. Average one-way hiking time: 7.5 hours. Nissen Bight/Nels Bight Junction: Length 13.1 kilometres from the trailhead. Hiking through this area felt like taking a walk through the past. View their backpacking trail video here. Trail to Nissen was easy inland with minor ups and downs. Near the junction are several historic features including the burial site of an adopted son of the local schoolteacher. Explore: San Josef Bay & Cape Scott Provincial Park. In all, Cape Scott Provincial Park is a stunning area for a day hike to San Josef, or a multi day trek to Nels Bight, Nissen Bight and the lighthouse, full of lush plants along the trail, many animals from squirrels to bears, and beautiful beaches perfect for camping. I can't confirm what got me sick (to be honest it could have been the expired hummus), but it was definitely a lesson to be more careful in the future. The trail runs along the north coast tip of Vancouver island, then joins up with the old Cape Scott trail at the end of Nissen Bight bringing the total length of the trail to about 58.5km. The Cape Scott Lighthouse Trail and the Lowrie Bay Trail are briefly described separately, as is the North Coast Trail, which runs along beaches and through forest from Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight. It's a two-person wide, flat gravel path which winds back and forth and up and down small hills through the old growth forest. We were rewarded when we arrived though as we spent a Nels Bight as well. I saw more people in a few hours on the Cape Scott Trail than I had seen on the entire NCT. Day 6 - July 18, 2015 - Nissen Bight to Nels Bight, then up to Cape Scott Lighthouse and back This day was cloudy on and off, but finally beautifully sunny as we sat on the long white sandy beach of (very busy) Nels Bight. The most impressive of these beaches, Nels Bight, stretches more than 2,400 metres long and 210 metres wide at low tide, and is one of the park’s most popular camping destinations. Night 3: Shuttleworth Bight Night 4: Nissen Bight (bypassing Laura Creek) Night 5: Guise Bay (Our Favourite) Night 6: Nels Bight. To avoid bears that are searching for food at low tide, make sure you set up camp in the designated camping locations, and avoid camping close to the shoreline areas. Any recomendations out there? Cape Scott Nissen Bight or Nels Bight . You will be sent an opt-in email to confirm that you would like to receive emails from us. Together they combine for over 100 kilometres of white sand wilderness camping bliss. Average one-way hiking time: 8.5 hours. The route to Sea Otter Cove is accessed via San Josef Bay’s second (western) beach. Average one-way hiking time: 3 hours. Some aspects of the trail are frustrating, but those are the aspects that make it a unique adventure. Since 2016, Cape Scott has been experiencing high wolf activity, and dogs are a high-level attractant for wolves and other large carnivores. 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