San Josef Day Hike


Tour Highlights

Alder Bay RV Park & Marina is pleased to offer this program in partnership with Cove Adventure Tours.

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing things to see at San Josef Bay are the sea stacks. The sea stacks at San Josef Bay are some of the only ocean-eroded stacks on Vancouver Island, and are certainly the most extreme. Water surging through the sandy passages at high tide has slowly eroded the softer rock, leaving behind only the harder formations. In some spots, this effect has left behind the sea stacks, a remarkable feature, but one found fairly commonly around the world. 

Scenic Drive & Wildlife Viewing 

The San Josef Bay hiking tour begins with a comfortable drive in a 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. 

Hike Details

From the Cape Scott Provincial Park trail-head, we will walk approximately 45 minutes on a well-maintained trial 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.

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, beach combing, enjoying water sports, building a sandcastle, or just relaxing on the sand with a book. The photo opportunities are endless. 

Tour Schedule

8:30 am – Depart from Port Hardy (pick up from Alder Bay can be organized for additional cost)
10:15 - 11:00 am – Hike down to San Josef Bay
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 


$145/YOUTH (12 + UNDER) + TAXES


San Josef Bay Tour