San Josef Bay Day Hike
This is a moderate hiking tour down to the beach that is approximately 45-60 minutes each way on a beautiful and well-maintained trail through an old-growth forest. The trail has very little elevation gain and is suitable for people of all ages who are comfortable walking.
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing things to see at San Josef Bay are the sea stacks. These are ocean-eroded sea stacks that have developed over time from water surging through the sandy passages at high tide slowly eroding the softer rock, leaving behind only the harder formations. Our small & intimate group sizes make exploring the beach and sea stacks fun and informative. Our knowledgeable guides will lead guests to the areas of interest and provide interpretation and tidal pool walks.
Scenic Drive & Wildlife Viewing
The San Josef Bay hiking tour begins with a comfortable drive in our passenger van from Port Hardy to the Cape Scott parking lot. During the drive always make sure to keep your eyes peeled as there is a good chance of seeing black bears, black-tail deer, eagles 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.
Upon reaching the Cape Scott trail head we will walk approximately 45-60 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. In total, the day can end up being approximately 10 - 12 kilometers of walking depending on how much exploring the group would like to do. The trail to the beach is 2.7 kilometers each way.
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.
The beach at San Josef Bay is expansive and tranquil and offers guests a variety of west-coast activities. Follow your guides on an interpretive walk along the sandy beach, through the sea stacks, tidal pools and sea caves. Enjoy a homemade, picnic lunch from the Market Street Cafe while sitting among the sea stacks. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, osprey, harbour seals, sea otters and the plethora of intertidal creatures. The views are vast and the photo opportunities are definitely endless.
8:30 am – Depart from Port Hardy
10:15 - 11:00 am – Hike down to San Josef Bay through the old growth forest.
11:00am – 1:45 pm – Individual time to explore, participate in guided walks of the area with guides, lunch and chillaxing.
1:45 -2:00 pm – Hike back to the van
4:30pm- Arrive back in Port Hardy