• Driving on Logging Roads

    Also called Forest Service Roads, this network of gravel roads, that connects us to the back-country, was constructed primarily for the forest resource industry.

    • Expect to navigate independently, there may not be directional signs
    • Expect to be sharing these roads with industrial vehicles, always stay alert and use caution
    • Yield to industrial traffic, pull over immediately and let the oncoming vehicle pass, use a turnout if possible, back up if necessary – make eye contact with the drivers of large trucks or heavy equipment and follow any hand signal instructions they provide
    • Expect rough surfaces and potholes, slow down and drive to road conditions
    • Before heading out, ensure your vehicle has a full tank of fuel, a working spare tire and the tools to change it
    • If the road is dusty and you have limited visibility, wait for dust to settle before continuing
    • Buckle up, always drive with your headlights on, even during the daytime

    See a full BC Forest Safety Council’s guide for safe travel on logging roads…

    See Western Forest Products industrial road information site…


    The Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations is planning a capital upgrade of seven bridges on the San Josef Main Forest Service Road during June 2019. The road will be CLOSED to the public and industrial traffic during the following periods:

    • June 3 – 7, 2019
    • June 10 – 14, 2019
    • June 17 – 21, 2019

    There will be NO ACCESS to Cape Scott Provincial Park during the following periods:

    • June 3 – 7, 2019
    • June 10 – 14, 2019

    There will be NO ACCESS to Raft Cove Provincial Park during the following period:

    • June 3 – 7, 2019
  • Cellular Phone Service

    Expect to be out of your service provider’s range if you are heading into the back-country.

    You will find cell service available in most communities on Vancouver Island North, but if your travels take you outside of one of our communities, don’t count on it. The ruggedly beautiful Vancouver Island North region has many mountain ranges that interfere with cellular signals.

  • Leave No Trace Camping

    Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.

    • Plan ahead and prepare
    • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
    • Pack out what you pack in, and dispose of waste properly
    • Leave what you find
    • Minimize campfire impacts
    • Use food caches where available
    • Respect wildlife
    • Be considerate of other visitors

    Hike only on designated trails and use tent pads when setting up your camp.

    Cook with a gas stove instead of an open fire and do your washing at least 200 feet from natural water sources, using phosphate free and biodegradable soap.

    When you’ve got to go, and there is no outhouse available, make sure you are at least 200 feet from any water source, campsite or trail.

  • Be Aware on the Water

    Pay close attention to the weather and travel carefully:

    • Winds can build suddenly
    • Rough waters can pick up quickly
    • Dense fog can be common in this region during the summer months
    • Travel in the morning or early evening to avoid afternoon winds
    • Use VHF marine radios to receive weather updates
    • Be aware of ocean swell and large exposed crossings
    • Understand nautical charts and tidal predictions
    • Ensure you have the required navigational and safety equipment

    Minimize Marine Impact

    • Use nautical charts, navigation equipment and depth sounders to anchor in water deeper than 10 metres
    • Do not motoring through areas of shallow water where marine plants are abundant
    • Land on beaches away from seagrass meadows and kelp beds or avoid landing at extreme low tides

    Marine Navigation

    • Canadian Hydrographic Services (CHS) produces nautical charts and navigational products to help ensure safe marine navigation
    • Most vessels of any kind in Canada have an obligation to carry and use official charts and publication and keep them up to date
    • Visit charts.gc.ca to access CHS charts for the waters around Vancouver Island North