Beach Clean Up at Cape Scott

Although many of our volunteer projects are multi-day projects involving significant planning and coordination of people and resources, other times volunteer contributions can be as simple and spontaneous as a walk through the park. We recently received an inspiring story from a couple of park visitors who spend some time camping at the beautiful Cape Scott Park located at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.

“As a youth I grew up as a Venturer Scout and was awarded The Queens Scout award in 1991.  Part of this was community service Cape Scott cleanupand also environmental service.  We always tried to leave any campsite in better shape than when we found it and it’s ethos that’s still very present for me today as it was then.

We were trying out our new blow up paddle boards on a multi-day trip to see if they are usable instead of kayaks.  We didn’t make our goal of Lowrie Bay on the first day so we ended up camping at this beach just short of Sea Otter Cove instead. The following day we made it to Lowrie Bay to find a crew of volunteers cleaning up ocean waste on the beach there.  Being inspired by the other crews and with all the time in the world we figured it would be worthwhile to do something.  It sure made us feel empowered and the bears, sea lions and seals that visited us at that beach will appreciate it too.”

Our volunteers vary from organized groups with longstanding connections to BC Parks, to park visitors inspired by the natural beauty of our BC Parks; all of our volunteers have a common goal of protecting, preserving and/or improving our special places and park system. If you are interested in getting involved with a volunteer group and/or project, check out our Volunteer Partners website for a list of our volunteer partners:


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3 responses to “Beach Clean Up at Cape Scott

  1. Jarrett

    I love the BC Parks Facebook page!

    And, the Volunteer Partners network links to all the groups throughout the five regions. It’s so interesting to see what going on throughout the province, and it provides considerable networking contacts.

    Our provincial parks are exceptional; I believe each park needs exceptional volunteer stewardship.

    Best, Jarrett

  2. Lloyd

    When did the cleanup at Cape Scott take place in 2015?
    What is the approximate date in 2016?

    1. BC

      We are just in the initial planning stages for 2016 projects. They typically take place in Aug – September (good weather and least disturbance to breeding sea birds) – the scope of these projects is usually very funding dependant and can vary from year to year. We will likely have a couple of groups as well as some individuals that will volunteer their time and clean up beaches in Cape Scott and the North island.

      Living Oceans Society – a very organized group, have focussed on Cape Scott and may reach further into the Scott Islands next season. We are in the initial stages of planning projects for next season. lots of information on this and other clean ups can be found on their website under “Clear the coast” initiative.

      BC Marine Trails Network Association – these folks are also tentatively planning a cleanup in Cape Scott and/or Raft Cove – they worked hard in Lawn Point Park last season. This group usually tries to do their clean ups in their beloved kayaks and therefore focus on beaches that are more remote, but accessible by kayak.

      Surfrider Foundation – this group was not active on the north island last season, but have been in the past and are very active mid island… Tofino, Uclulet, Sombrio… surfing beaches.

      Let us know if you are interested in volunteering, we’d be happy to connect you with any of these groups.