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Day Hikes

We offer day hikes to Raft Cove, San Josef Bay & Ronnings Garden, Hecht Beach, Grant Bay, as well as a tour of local karst features. More information is available on our FAQ page.

Karst Tour - Book It!

Karst is a distinctive topography in which the landscape is largely shaped by the dissolving action of water on carbonate bedrock (usually limestone, dolomite, or marble).

Join us on our new tour this 2011 season. Northern Vancouver Island is rich in caves and karst features. Our knowledgeable guides will ensure a safe and educational wilderness experience through exploring the richness of karst features in this area. On this tour we will focus on significant surface karst features such as springs, sink holes, underground rivers, and caves. A portion of the day will be spent viewing and learning about surface karst features and a portion will be spent in karst caves. This trip is suitable for all ages.

Raft Cove - Book It!

Raft Cove is an intermediate hike over a rough 3 km trail through a west coast rain forest. An hours hike brings you to a spectacular sandy beach. The beach itself is 1 km in length, bordered on the far end by the Mac Jack River. Beach hiking can be done in the other direction for quite a distance. Raft Cove is great spot for surfing as well as beach combing.

San Josef Bay & Ronnings Garden - Book It!

This day trip is an excellent hike for everyone. San Josef Bay is the site of one of northern Vancouver Island's first early settlements, around 1912. Nothing is left of these early settlers but the odd fence post and some parts of the original trail network connecting to the settlements of Cape Scott and Sea Otter Cove. The broad expanse of white sand makes it one of the most popular beaches on the north island. Two beaches make up the bay, separated by a rocky outcrop of sea stacks and sea caves.

Ronnings garden began in the early 1900's by Bernt Ronning . Bernt imported all kinds of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers from around the world, and created a beautiful garden. His most prized specimens were the two monkey puzzle trees which he grew from seedlings, male and female, and they have been the starting point of several hundred of the monkey puzzle trees in North America and around the world.

At the end of the second beach is the trail to Mt. Saint Patrick, a difficult hike, but the view is stunning on a clear day with a 360 degree view of the area.

Hecht Beach - Book It!

Hecht beach is as difficult as Raft Cove and can be fairly demanding at times, with some small rocky headlands and the gravel beaches. The hike is well worth it, as Hecht beach is one of the best collection beaches for beachcombing on the west coast of the north island. The coast can be explored in either direction for many kilometres.

Grant Bay - Book It!

Grant Bay is an easy hikes on the west coast. A short, well maintained trail winds through the forest, emerging onto one of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast. The beach is made up of fine white sand and is bordered on either side by rocky headlands. On this hike we will also be visiting the small fishing village of Winter Harbour to walk the boardwalk that follows the coastline of the community.

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