Port Hardy to Shushartie Water Route

Vispine logoThe Vancouver Island Trail utilizes the water route between Port Hardy and Shushartie Bay, as do most other users of the North Coast Trail.

Water taxi services are available to hire in Port Hardy – see North Coast Trail Shuttle – Cape Scott Water Taxi.

The VI Trail hiker needs to decide whether to be taken by water taxi to Shushartie and hike westwards to Cape Scott or to be taken to the Cape Scott area and hike back to the east to Shushartie Bay.  If you end up in Cape Scott, you will have to hike out to the Cape Scott Trail trailhead on the San Josef River and arrange ground transport through Holberg back to Port Hardy – see North Coast Trail Shuttle – Vancouver Island North.  If you end up at Shushartie, you can arrange to be picked up by the water taxi and returned to Port Hardy.  There are logging roads between Shushartie Bay and Port Hardy, so an alternative would be to arrange other ground transportation (or hike) back to Port Hardy by road.

Building a coastal trail from Port Hardy to Shushartie Bay would be a difficult and expensive proposition because of its remoteness, dense vegetation and soft, low bearing-strength soils.  Consequently, this is a low priority for VITA at this time.

If the water taxi is not available, an alternative is to hike logging roads via Georgie Lake to near Shushartie Bay and then find a way around the Bay to the NCT trailhead.  VITA does not endorse the use of any unauthorized trails within the Park.