Woss Lake Provincial Park is situated south of the community of Woss on northern Vancouver Island.
The park shelters elk populations, a salmon fishery and potential habitat of the endangered Vancouver Island marmot, only found on the island.
Woss Lake Park also protects representative old-growth forest landscapes and a complete watershed of a major tributary at the south end of Woss Lake.
The park contains part of an historic trade route from the upper Tahsis River through the divide to Woss Lake. This historic route is currently used as a motor biking trail.
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Woss Lake Park is dominated by Rugged Mountain and the glaciers and snowfields of its north-facing slopes. The seldom visited 6,634-hectare Woss Lake Park is a very steep forested wilderness area. The park offers spectacular lake and mountain scenery, with opportunities for hiking, mountaineering, skiing, snowboarding and wilderness camping – in the right season!
Rugged Mountain is the highest peak in a compact and impressive group of peaks attracting alpine climbers both in winter and summer. Logging operations in the Nomash River valley to the west of Rugged Mountain have developed roads on the western side of the range almost to the very base of Rugged Mountain itself. A steep hike and scramble from the upper part of this spur allows hikers to reach the main glacier in 3 to 4 hours. Experience in glacier travel is required to go further.
Woss Lake Provincial Park is located south of the community of Woss on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Access to the park is generally by boat from a launch at the north end of Woss Lake. Walk-in access to the northern portion of the park is possible from logging roads on either side of Woss Lake. Access to Rugged Mountain is through a steep and strenuous hike from logging roads outside the park in the vicinity of Zeballos Lake to the west.
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