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Visit the Cormorant Channel Park Page Visit the Telegraph Cove Town Page Visit the Alert Bay Town Page Visit the Lower Nimpkish Park Page Visit the Port mcNeill Visit the White Ridge Park Page Visit the Gold Muchalat Park Page Visit the Santa Gertrudis - Boca del Infierno Park Visit the Weymer Creek Park Page Visit the Artlish Caves Park Page Visit the Georgie Lake Page Helper Creek Recreation Site Visit the Big Bunsby Park Page Visit the Claude Elliot Park Page Visit the Nuchatlitz Park Page Visit the Catala Island Park Page Visit the Rugged Point Park Page Visit the Dixie Cove Park Page Visit the Quatsino Park Page Visit the Lawn Point Park Page Visit the Schoen Lake Park Page Visit the Echo Bay Marine Park Page Visit God's Pocket Marine Park Visit the Marble River Park Page Visit the Raft Cove Park Page Visit the Winter Harbour Town Page Visit the Sulphur Passage Park Page Visit the Sydney Inlet Park Page Visit the Bligh Island Park Page Visit the Brooks Peninsula Park Page Visit the Robson Bight Park Page Visit the Nimpkish Lake Park Page Visit the Woss Lake Park Page Visit the Tahsish-Kwois Park Page Visit the broughton Archipelago Marine Park Page Visit the Cape Scott Provincial Park Page Visit the Nootka Sound Page Visit the Woss Town Page Visit the Tahsis Town Page Visit the Zeballos Town Page Visit the Quatsino Town Page Visit the Holberg Town Page Visit the Coal Harbour Town Page Visit the Sointula Town Page Visit the Port Alice Town Page Visit the Port Hardy Town Page Scott Islands Provincial ParkQuatsino SoundKyuquot SoundEsperanza InletNutchatlitz InletYuquot (Friendly Cove)Ferry Information on the Port Alberni, Bamfield, Ucluelet RouteFerry Information Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

This North Island Map contains many links to our pages on Towns, Lakes, Parks, Campgrounds and ferry routes. Each green triangle is a link to a Park. Click on a live area of the map to link to the desired page.

As 97 percent of the population lives on the southern half of Vancouver Island, outdoor recreationists in search of solitude come north. Much of Vancouver Island once looked as the north still does today.

Thanks to recent government protection, some of the remaining wilderness, such as Brooks Peninsula, a stubby 14 km long projection on the northwest coast of the island, has been preserved. Other places, such as the most northerly tip of the island, are sheltered by the elements from the preying eye of industry.

Cape Scott Provincial Park is one of the wildest, windiest, most woebegone locales in the province for human habitation. Journeying to Brooks Peninsula or Cape Scott is only for those whose mettle has been tested by the repeated exposure to the bellows and blast-furnace of nature in the raw.

You do have to travel farther afield here in order to penetrate the cloud-laced valleys, coastal rain forest and the open ocean waters of the sounds like Nootka and Kyuquot. Some of this landscape's mysteries lie tucked away inside the vaulted domes of underground caverns. Afloat in a sea kayak on an open sound, or deep inside the Quatsino cave system, be prepared to experience a blend of connectedness and jubilation, isolation and terror, when adventuring here. One thing is guaranteed: at the end of the day, you'll sleep well.

Gentler conditions prevail in the sheltered waters of Johnstone Strait, where the kwakwaka'wakw First Nations are the traditional gatekeepers. To experience a tranquility that passes all description, paddle these waters where whales rub and salmon run in summer months.

Getting There
The top half of 450-km long Vancouver Island is served by a maze of logging roads and Highway 19 (North Island Highway), which links Campbell River with Port Hardy, the southern terminus of BC Ferries' Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Routes. BC Ferries links the north and central coasts (Prince Rupert and Bella Coola respectively) with Vancouver Island at Port Hardy.

Travel to ports in Nootka Sound and neighbouring Kyuquot Sound to the north is via MV Uchuck lll, a working freighter based in Gold River that provides a year-round passenger and freight service.
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