Cain Ski Resort
is located in a regional park and is run by a non-profit society,
the Mt. Cain Alpine Park Society. It is Vancouver Island's only
community-owned and operated ski and snowboard facility. Situated
on the north end of Vancouver Island, Mount Cain offers a unique
experience for skiers, snowboarders and backcountry explorers.
Cain you'll find untouched powder which has built up over
the week, virtually no line-ups for lifts and the friendly,
welcoming atmosphere of a family oriented mountain. With its
Island interior location, Mt. Cain has drier snow than other
Coastal mountains and better spring skiing conditions. Mount
Cain has the highest base elevation of any coastal ski hill
in British Columbia, Alaska and Washington State. Mount Cain's
peak elevation is second only to Whistler.
is accessed from the Island Highway 19 and is located 8 km
south of the Woss turnoff. It's a 16-km ride on a gravel road
from the highway to the day lodge. Roads are regularly maintained
by the mountain's maintenance department, assisted by the
forest companies. The driving time from Port Hardy to Mt.
Cain is 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 1-1/2 hours from Campbell
From The South: From Nanaimo, take the Inland highway north
to Campbell River, then continue northward on Hwy 19. After
passing Campbell River, in a little more than an hour, look
for the blue highway signs signifying both Mount Cain and
Schoen Lake Provincial Park. If you make it to Woss, you've
passed the Mount Cain turnoff. Turn left onto a gravel road
and follow the signs to Mount Cain.
From The North: The Mount Cain turnoff is about a 50-minute
drive south of Port McNeill, and about 5 minutes (8km) south
of the Woss turnoff. Look for the blue Mount Cain and Schoen
Lake Provincial Park highway signs on your right, then follow
the access road signs to Mount Cain.
day when the ski hill is in operation:
Uphill traffic only from dawn until 1:00 p.m.
Downhill traffic only from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
of chains is mandatory, so make sure you have chains that
fit and you know how to use them. The use of chains may be
required for going both up and down the access road. Actually
putting tire chains on is often required for all vehicles,
including 4x4ís with good snow tires. Towing services are
not available. Requiring a shovel on the Mount Cain road is
also always a possibility, as you may need to dig your own
car out of the snow.
metres from the highway cutoff you will see the Mt. Cain base
parking lot. This is where you can catch the Mount Cain Shuttle
Bus. It leaves at 8:30 am for the ski hill and departs from
the lodge at 4:15 pm. First come/first served. Please call
the Mount Waddington Transit Office for more information:
Cain Alpine Park Society
Box 1225, Port McNeill BC, V0N 2R0
6622 or (250) 923-3170
December (snow permitting) to early April (conditions permitting).
a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The hill is open on Mondays
when school groups are scheduled. On these Mondays, only the
lower T-bar and handle tow will be in operation. Full-day tickets
are sold at half-day rates. Visitors should call the Snow Line
or check the web site to confirm operational Mondays.
cm (38 ft)
m (1,499 ft)
m / 4,301 ft.
m / 5,800 ft.
- The majority of the lower runs are groomed while the majority
of the run accessed from the upper T-bar are left ungroomed
for sheer powder pleasure.
T-bars and 1 Beginner's Handle Tow
- The area surrounding the Mt. Cain Alpine boasts some of the
best cross-country, backcountry skiing, and snowshoeing on Vancouver
Island. The terrain ranges from gentle sub-alpine trails to
mountaineering steeps easily accessible from the parking lot.
There are 15 kms of marked trails and logging access roads.
Light touring equipment is recommended for sub-alpine trails.
For the mountaineer there are three peaks at 1,500m within a
trails, Day lodge, ski shop, ski school, on-hill accommodation,
ski and snowboard rentals, cafe and pubs. Mt. Cain now has a
shuttle bus, leaving from the base of the mountain (just off
the Island Highway, about 70 kms northwest of Sayward). It seats
20, first come, first serve, and makes 1 round trip per day.
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