Wilderness communities
Rich in outdoor adventure

The hamlet of Woss sits in the heart of the Nimpkish Valley’s rich timberlands and recreational wilderness. Thick forests, clear lakes, and mountainous terrain offer a wealth of choices for outdoor adventures. Boating, wilderness camping, mountaineering and hiking are popular at nearby Woss Lake Provincial Park and Schoen Lake Provincial Park.

Area Highlights
  • Population of approximately 200
  • Visitor Centre
  • Schoen Lake Provincial Park
  • Little Huson Cave Regional Park
  • Nimpkish Lake
  • Mount Cain Ski Area
A unique railroad community

This small, friendly logging community – a great spot for gas, food and lodgings mid-way between Campbell River and Port Hardy on Highway 19 – has the distinction of being home base for the only currently operational railroad logging operation in Canada (and also the longest-running such enterprise on the continent). Steam Locomotive 113, built in 1920 for rail logging, resides locally and is a historic treasure that honours the past of this community

Water sports

Nearby Nimpkish Lake offers many outdoor recreation opportunities and holds particular appeal to water sport enthusiasts and has become a popular windsport destination, attracting windsurfers and kiteboarders to the southern lakeshore. Mountaineers head up Pinder Peak and Rugged Mountain. Rookie cavers enjoy the easy “walk-in” limestone formations at Little Huson Regional park. Schoen Lake Provincial Park has lakeside hiking trails and a rough alpine route that leads to Mount Schoen’s wildflower meadows. Woss Lake, Lake Klaklakama and Anutz Lake all offer great campgrounds and ample wildlife.

Woss, & The Nimpkish Valley
Mount Cain

Skiing on Mt. CainThe turn off to Mount Cain Ski Area is just minutes away from Woss. During the winter months, the mountain operates as a community run, family oriented ski operation that is virtually free of line-ups. Open on weekends only, the untouched snowfall accumulates all week long leaving the slopes steeped in Vancouver Island’s best powder. The downhill experience here includes two T-bar lifts, one beginner’s handle tow, 18 runs and 457 metres of vertical drop. Cain Café cooks up homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. And slope-side accommodations available in rental cabins, day lodge hostel rooms and the new group hostel building, which opened for the 2009/10 season. During the summer months, Mount Cain’s high alpine meadows and forests are excellent for hiking and wildlife viewing.

Getting here & Getting around

Woss is located 129 kilometres or 1 hour and 20 minutes north of Campbell River. Mount Cain is 25 kilometres before Woss, or 30 minutes.

For information on Vancouver Island North see Drive BC provincial highway information.

Mount Waddington Regional Transit
Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
1-800-550-4997 or 1-888-787-1874
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