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Woss Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
This rugged, undeveloped wilderness park is located on northern Vancouver Island, south of the community of Woss and north of Zeballos.
One of the most pristine wilderness parks on the Island, the landscape includes the southern portion of Woss Lake, as well as very steep forested slopes above the lake and the permanent snowfields and north facing slopes of Rugged Mountain, part of the Haihte Range.
There are no recreation facilities in Woss Lake Provincial Park, but adventurous visitors with a boat, canoe or kayak can enjoy various activities ranging from backcountry hiking, skiing and mountaineering to camping, fishing, First Nations and nature appreciation and hunting.
Woss Lake Provincial Park is home to a picturesque waterfall, which can be viewed at the south end of Woss Lake looking southwest toward the Tahsis divide. This waterfall cascades a few hundred meters into a creek that flows into the lake.
Established Date: July 12, 1995
Park Size: 6,634 hectares
Know Before You Go
- This park contains few developed facilities. There are a few wooden tent pads at the south end of the lake, as well as a composting toilet and shelter which were installed by the Namgis First Nation.
- This park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping and day-use in the area.
- The nearest phone, store and tourist info centre is located in the town of Zeballos.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
- There are no digital maps or brochures for this park.
Nature and Culture
- History: Woss Lake Provincial Park was created in 1995 as part of the Vancouver Island Land-Use Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: Woss Lake Provincial Park is within the traditional territory of the Namgis First Nation. The park contains a portion of a First Nations traditional cross-island trade route known as the Grease Trail, which made its way over the Tahsis divide. Culturally modified trees (CMTs) have been identified in the park.
- Conservation: Woss Lake Provincial Park is a very steep, forested, seldom visited wilderness area. The park contains Roosevelt elk populations, a salmon fishery and potentially, habitat for the endangered Vancouver Island marmot. The park also contains a nameless, intact secondary watershed of 1,600 hectares that drains into the head of Woss Lake. This unnamed drainage contains valuable Chinook salmon and steelhead spawning habitat and a sensitive delta area with a variety of rare plant species.
- It also protects representative old-growth forest landscapes, a complete watershed of a major tributary at the south end of Woss Lake, and is dominated by Rugged Mountain and the glaciers and snowfields of its north-facing slopes. The pristine old growth forested slopes above Woss Lake and the scenery offered by Rugged Mountain and its glaciers – the largest on Vancouver Island – are of provincial significance.