San Josef Bay - Cape Scott

Type: Backcountry/Backpacking

Open: Year round

Fees: 
May 1 to September 30
$10 per person/night
$5 per child/night
Self-registration vaults are located at the San Josef River boat launch and trailhead or you can use the Backcountry Registration System.
No fee in winter

Reservations: No

Toilets: Pit
Showers: No
Potable Water: No, water is available from streams but needs to be boiled, filtered or treated
Pets: Yes, but there are wildlife concerns
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Make fires below the high tide line, burn only driftwood (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No/
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description: 2.5 km from the trailhead. Less adventurous hikers can leave the backpack at home and still get a taste of Cape Scott's unique terrain and spectacular Pacific Ocean vistas along this well-maintained gravel trail, which ends at the sandy shore of San Josef Bay in the southeastern corner of the park. Average one way hiking time: 45 minutes.

Things to Do: 

Beach - San Josef Bay has an amazing sand beach, with sea stacks, caves, and ocean views.

Boating - BC Parks’ boat launch is accessed via San Josef Heritage Park, but it is a BC Parks facility. It is for canoes/kayaks and small car-toppers only. The San Josef River is tidal at this spot so don’t plan on using the launch at low tide or you may be hauling over gravel bars.

Fishing - Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations.

Hunting - Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags.

Hiking - Information about hiking in Cape Scott Provincial Park

Swimming - In the ocean in San Josef Bay. Please be aware of sometimes intense surf conditions and possible riptides.

Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: 0

Map: Park Map

Website: BC Parks

Search for San Josef Bay on the Interactive Google Map


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