Cape Scott Provincial Park - backpacking trip

Victoria Club Tread
Victoria Club Tread
Public group
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Cape Scott Provincial Park is a truly magnificent area of rugged coastal wilderness. Conditions are unpredictable, usually very wet, muddy and slippery. Wild life encounters are possible; bear, wolf and cougar, among other animals, make their home in this region. We may also see whales or other marine animals in the ocean and probably eagles in the sky.

This will be a 4 day backpacking trip and is best suited to those with recent backpacking experience and appropriate gear. If you have not backpacked with the organizer before, you MUST contact her and describe your experience otherwise you will be removed from the event. The pace will be moderate to maximize our enjoyment and ensure that everyone has a great experience.

Our itinerary will be as follows:

August 1 - drive from Victoria to Port Hardy, o/night in hostel
August 2 - trailhead to Nels Bight - 17-18km
August 3 - day hike to lighthouse (optional) - 13km
August 4 - Nels Bight to Nissen Bight - 6km
August 5 - Nissen Bight to trailhead - 15km - o/night in hostel
August 6 - drive from Port Hardy to Victoria

We will cover a maximum of 52km in 4 days (option offered to skip one hiking day). The terrain is easy to moderate but can be very muddy and very slippery. You should be confident in your ability to cover up to 20km/day.

A few considerations:
- if applicable, please ensure that you are able to take the required vacation from work
- mileage cost will be between $70-90 per person (depends on cost of gas at time of departure, number of vehicles, and number of hikers) 1140km of travel
- there will be 2 nights of accommodations in Port Hardy, one night on each end of the trip, $80-90 per person
- there is a $10/night cost per person on the trail
- everyone will be responsible for their own personal expenses, meals, equipment, etc
- maximum cost of transportation and accommodations: $210 per person

A mandatory planning meeting will take place approximately 10 days before departure. At that meeting we will discuss equipment needs, equipment sharing and we'll confirm all details; be aware that good, waterproof footwear is required - minimalist footwear will NOT be acceptable.

Note: Hikes are lead by volunteers who have no special training such as first aid, survival, etc. Participants are expected to be competent hikers who accept the risks and hazards associated with an outdoor activity, along with the regular use of rough and steep trails in isolated areas and adverse conditions. If you are not a current paid member of Club Tread, you will need to sign a personal liability waiver.