Open: Year round
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
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)
|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