San Josef bay day hike
This day tour to the wild west coast of northern Vancouver Island is full of adventure and offers guests an authentic way to experience this off-the-beaten-path destination. It is a moderate hiking tour down to the beach that is approximately 45 minutes each way on a beautiful and well-maintained trail that is in a protected, old-growth forest.
Big Trees and Pristine Beaches
The tour begins with a hike through an old rain growth forest. In the forest you will see, smell and touch old growth trees that are at least 800 years old. You will experience many ecosystems and will have the opportunity to see what an untouched forest looks like in coastal British Columbia. At the beach there are stunning sea stacks that have been created by water surging through the sandy passages. These are iconic and create a perfect backdrop for pictures. There are also sea caves, tidal pools and a huge sandy beach to explore. The best part about San Josef Bay is that it is never busy! Even in the summer you will always feel like you have the place to yourself.
Scenic Drive & Wildlife Viewing
The San Josef Bay hiking tour begins with a comfortable drive in our climate-controlled 15-passenger van. During the drive always make sure to keep your eyes peeled as there is a good chance of seeing black bears and other wildlife. Upon leaving Port Hardy we will be travelling on active logging roads and will pass through the historic logging town of Holberg. We will make a quick stop at the Scarlet Ibis Pub in Holberg where guests will have access to washrooms and the pre-ordered boxed lunches will be picked up.
About 30 minutes down the road we will come to the Cape Scott Provincial Park trail-head. From here we will walk approximately 45 minutes on a well-maintained trail that goes through old-growth stands of forests and swamps. There is an outhouse at the trail head and the beach.
History & Horticulture
The area is loaded with local history and is on the traditional lands of the Tlatlasikwala First Nations. There was also attempts of a Danish settlement from 1887 to 1910 that were unsuccessful due to the remote and harsh climate. Your tour guides will have information on local flora, fauna, and history.
Swimming & Beach Activities
The beach at San Josef Bay is expansive and tranquil, and offers guests a variety of west-coast activities. This beach is the perfect place for exploring the enchanting sea-stacks and sea caves, looking in tidal pools, beach combing, enjoying water sports, building a sandcastle, or just relaxing on the sand with a book. The photo opportunities are endless.
We will provide everyone on the bus with a life jacket. When the weather is appropriate we will have a beach fire, and would love to take groups on beach combing walks and help with water sports.
8:30am – Depart from Port Hardy
10:15 - 11:00am – Hike down to San Josef Bay
11:00am – 2:00pm – Individual time to explore, participate in guided walks of the area with guides, lunch and chillaxing.
2:00-3:00pm – Hike back to the van
4:30pm- Arrive back at Cove Adventure Tours office in Port Hardy