Woss is located on northern Vancouver Island 129 km (80 miles) north
of Campbell River and 60 km (37.5
miles) south-east of Port McNeill
on Hwy 19.
Woss is a small community situated in the heart of the Nimpkish
Valley whose economy revolves around logging, servicing other components
of the forestry industry and tourism. The Nimpkish River is located
just south of the hamlet with a one lane bridge crossing the river
on way to a small airport.
The main commercial enterprises for the local residents in Woss
are at the Woss Service. The store offers a basic selection of general
items, gas service station, post office, liquor outlet, as well
as supplying one of the local eateries, called The Kawasa Café.
The Kawasa Café has a varied selection of food and drinks,
including burgers, pizza and a warm cup of coffee.
Other businesses at Woss include the Rugged Mountain Motel which
features large rooms and comfortable living quarters, a local drinking
establishment called the Lucky Logger Pub which offers great pub
food and usually has lots of friendly people to talk to.
Things to see around Woss include the historic old No. 113, an 80-year
plus retired steam train. A real treat for train historians No.
113 was once part of Woss' longest-running logging railway service
in North America.
Woss Lake is located around 5 km (3 miles) south of the community
of Woss. At Woss Lake you can find some good fishing during the
summer time as well as great canoeing or kayaking. Just remember
to be prepared if you do go out on the lake as sometimes the wind
can come up suddenly and it can prove to be quite dangerous.
Lake Provincial Park
Woss Lake Provincial Park situated on the south side of the lake
offers an undeveloped wilderness area with beautiful lake views,
snow-capped mountains including Pinder Peak and Rugged Mountain
found near the south end, wilderness style camping and remote hiking
Cain Ski Resort
For one of the greatest ski and snowboarding hills in British Columbia,
you have to come to Mt. Cain Ski Resort which is located south of
Woss. The turnoff to Mount Cain is located 8 km (5 miles) from Woss.
From here you have to drive 16 km (10 miles) generally uphill along
a rough gravel forestry road to some of the best powder found in
Trucks and Equipment
If you like there is a bus service from a lower parking lot near
the Hwy 19 turnoff to the resort. Please remember that Mount Cain
is only open during the weekends not on weekdays. Also the road
up Mount Cain is restricted during the week with only forest equipment
and logging trucks allowed to use it.
Zeballos is another small logging community
which happens to be situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island
at the end of Zeballos Inlet. The turnoff to Zeballos is located
just north of Woss on Hwy 19 just before Nimpkish Lake, usually
around 25 minutes from Woss. Along the 42 km (26 miles) Zeballos
Road, you'll run across access to Anutz and Atluck Lakes both fishing
lakes, as well as the Little Hustan Regional Cave Park.
Hustan Regional Cave Park
For your enjoyment Little Hustan Regional Cave Park features incredible
caves carved out of the limestone bedrock. There are some which
has spectacular underground rock arches for you to view and examples
of some Atluck River boreholes and unique geological formations.
Access to the Little Hustan Regional Cave Park is via the road to
Zeballos around 30 minutes from Hwy 19 turnoff.
Situated nearby to Woss are a number of very beautiful lakes with
road access. These include Bonanza Lake, Lake Klaklakama, Hoomac
Lake and Vernon Lake. One favourite also situated in the spectacular
Nimpkish Valley is Atluck Lake. The lake features five slightly
treed campsites set in a very serene mountain setting. There is
a gravel beach and boat launch at Atluck Lake where you can fish
for Dolly Varden, Cutthroat Trout, Char and Rainbow Trout.
Lake Provincial Park
One other lake featuring a provincial park close by to Woss that
you might want to explore is Schoen Lake Provincial Park. This park
is considered by some to be the most beautiful on Vancouver Island.
The turnoff to Schoen Lake is via the road into Mount Cain then
on the very narrow gravel Davie Road into the provincial park.
Camping at its Best
At Schoen Lake you can find remote wilderness camping, great fishing,
some excellent scenery of Mount Schoen and wildlife viewing - all
set in an old-growth forest. The nice thing about Schoen Lake Provincial
Park is that the wilderness camping is all vehicle-accessible on
a first-come, first-served basis.
Just a reminder, the countryside around Woss is quite remote so
be prepared for any hazard or possible dangerous situations. Please
practice good wildlife and environmental habits, pack out what you
pack in, plus be very bear and cougar aware.
Remember if you are exploring the area by forestry road that these
are private logging roads with the very high probability of encountering
heavy equipment and logging trucks. Please remember logging trucks
have the right of way so drive with your lights on as vehicles must
use pullouts and yield to logging trucks at all times. Please also
remember tire chains are required during the winter time.