Cape Scott Park gets upgrades

The Province is acquiring more lands to grow Cape Scott Provincial Park and providing updated facilities for park staff and the public.

PORT HARDY—The Province is acquiring more lands to grow Cape Scott Provincial Park and providing updated facilities for park staff and the public.

The main access point to Cape Scott Provincial Park is on private land owned by the Anglican Diocese of BC, which also holds another parcel of land within the park boundary. Combined, the two parcels of land total 4.5 hectares.

Although the land value is estimated at more than $100,000, the Anglican Diocese offered the lands to the Province for only $2,000. The Province is purchasing the lands, growing the size of Cape Scott Provincial Park to more than 22,300 hectares in size.

“We acquired these properties over 100 years ago and now no longer need them,” explained Peter Daniel, asset manager, Anglican Dioceses of BC. “Both properties are surrounded by provincial park land. We were happy to make an accommodation with the Province so that they could add to the park inventory.”

As well, construction of the new Nels Bight Ranger Cabin is now complete in Cape Scott Provincial Park. This cabin serves as a remote base and accommodation for park staff who, in the summer months, operate and maintain this popular park.

The new Nels Bight Ranger Cabin is double the size of the original structure built more than 30 years ago. The cabin provides more space for staff and the public to move about the main area, which includes a woodstove for warmth and to dry gear. There are also two small bedrooms and a loft sleeping area, available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis from September to June. A large deck with a roll-out tarp keeps the cooking area dry with plenty of room for food prep and camp stoves.