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Cape Scott Provincial Park (Cape Scott Park)
 

Area: 255 sq km. Location: The park covers the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Terrain: Cape Scott is characterized by scenic ocean frontage, including many beaches. Rocky promontories and headlands punctuate wide sandy beaches. 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 that is 2.4 km long and 200 metres wide; this is considered the most impressive of the nine beaches in the park. Trails range in length from two to thirty kilometers and from a pleasant stroll to a challenging and demanding test of skill and stamina. The incessant rain results in muddy and difficult trail conditions. Seabirds and mammals, including deer, elk, bear, otter, cougar and wolves inhabit the park.

  History: The area was first inhabited by three native tribes, the Yutlinuk, the Tlatlasikwala, and the Nakumgilisala. The Yutlinuk died out in the early 1800s. In the mid-1850s, the Nakumgilisala and Tlatlasikwala amalgamated and moved to Hope Island. In 1954, numbering only 32, they joined with the Koskimo people and moved to Quatsino Sound. Today they are collectively known as the Nahwitti. From 1896 to 1907 about one hundred Danes established a tiny settlement at Fisherman Bay and farmed the meadow lands near Hansen Lagoon. Their intentions were to establish a self-governing, culturally distinct farming and fishing community, but the Provincial Government feared a backlash and withdrew their land lease and promise of building an access road. Following this decision, the settlers abandoned their farms and dispersed into the surrounding fishing and logging communities. Today, there are no inhabitants in the area.

Top Trips
Hiking the Vancouver Island North Coast Trail Klaus Haring

Top Photos
Nissen Bight at sunset Kevin Teague
WW II Road to Cape Scott Lighthouse Mike Wickett
Nissen Bight: Cape Scott Mike Wickett


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