Outdoor Recreation

Sayward is a ‘Friend of Nature’ for obvious reasons. Here are just some of the amenities and activities available in the area.

Village of Sayward Campground

The Village of Sayward Campground is the only municipal campground on northern Vancouver Island. It is located at H’Kusam Park in the Village of Sayward, and features magnificent views of the ocean and mountains. This is a small and quiet campsite with washrooms, but no electrical hookups. Click here for more information.

Private Campgrounds in Sayward

If you require additional amenities, there are privately-owned campgrounds in the Sayward area that may be able to accommodate you. These include:

Other Campgrounds

Many provincial, regional, and private campgrounds can be found between Campbell River and Cape Scott.

For more information about provincial campgrounds, please visit the BC Parks website.

Campgrounds located on Crown lands are managed by Recreation Sites and Trails BC. The closest of these is Elk Creek Campground, located on Highway 19 just north of the Sayward junction. Other nearby campgrounds include the Forest Service sites at McCreight, Pye, and Stella Lakes, all located off Highway 19 southeast of Sayward, with access via Rock Bay Road.

To reach McCreight Lake from Campbell River, follow Highway 19 north about 37 km (23 miles). Turn right onto Rock Bay Road. McCreight Lake is the third recreation site on the left, about 6-7 km from the highway. Both Pye and Stella Lakes are located short distances south on Rock Bay Road, and their respective turnoffs are well marked.

Mt. H’Kusam

Hikers can spend the day on the trail up Mount H’Kusam, called “Bill’s Trail” by the locals, since it was begun and developed by Bill West-Sells. The 8-hour return trip to the summit (peak at 5,261 feet) will reward you with sweeping views of the area, including the Village of Sayward and Kelsey Bay, as well as the Salmon River estuary and wildlife reserve. Stop at the Sayward Futures Society located on the old goverment dock for visitor information, maps, and directions to the trailhead.

The Kusam Klimb

The Kusam Klimb is a wild and rugged 23 km loop heading up and over Mount H’Kusam and down the Stowe Creek watershed. Starting at sea level, participants pass through some of the most spectacular scenery on Vancouver Island with views of mountain peaks and the Johnstone Strait as they negotiate their way over the well-developed trail. Are YOU tough enough? For more information, visit the Kusam Klimb website.

Mount Cain

Mount Cain Ski Resort is located northwest of Sayward, 25 minutes west of the Sayward Junction along Hwy 19. It’s a 16 km drive on a gravel road from the highway to the day lodge (at 3,900 ft), with chains being mandatory on the last 10 km. Mount Cain offers a unique experience for skiers, snowboarders and back-country explorers, with virtually no line-ups for lifts, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The community-run Mount Cain is located in a regional park, and is ideal for families and snow enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Mount Cain resort usually opens from November to April. For more information, please visit the Mount Cain website.