The pacific winds will blow their freshness to you
and the storms their energy.
Nature’s peace will flow and all your cares and
worries will drop off like autumn leaves.
May you never forget the magic of Cape Scott.
~BC Parks Welcome sign at Nels Bight
Leaving the populated Southern Vancouver Island in the rearview mirror, the remote Northern Vancouver Island is an escape to the rugged coastal wilderness. At the most northern point on the island, weary travelers restore their soul in the magic of Cape Scott.
Cape Scott Provincial Park provides several hiking trails for day trips and the popular North Coast Trail multi-day trip. The Cape itself is a lighthouse station and can be reached using the hiking trails within the park. The Cape Scott ranger cabin was re-built in 2014 on Nels Bight to house the summer park operator contractors, typically during July and August. Outside of that time, the cabin is free for public use on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cabin is reached using a mostly flat 18km trail to Nels Bight, passing through rainforest, mud, flooded fields and boardwalks, ending with a dramatic entrance onto the expansive sandy beach called Nels Bight.
The cabin has sleeping pads available for use, and a toasty warm wood stove. There is an outdoor table for cooking but users must bring their own stove and cooking and eating utensils. The cabin has a loft sleeping area with space and sleeping mats for up to 10 people.
There are many further hiking options from the cabin, the most popular is out to the Cape Scott lighthouse station.