Looking to uncover a hidden gem before summer hits BC? There are a handful of ‘hidden’ coves and beaches known for their rugged beauty, but few are more wild than Raft Cove Park.

This ‘undeveloped, rustic’ park is situated in the small oceanfront town of Port Hardy (the traditional territory of the Kwakiutl First Nation), which has a rich Indigenous history dating back over 8,000 years.

According to Tourism Port Hardy, the area is home to many ancient totems and houses that have stood the test of time. The surrounding nature trails lead to unspoiled sandy beaches and surfing hotspots.

The ‘wonderfully scenic’ park is known for its long, crescent-shaped beach, which features a long spit and sandy bay. Day trippers and backpackers alike can enjoy exploring the rugged coastline – though be sure to pack your rain gear and layers regardless of the time of year, as Raft Cove is exposed to the Pacific weather systems.

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Photo via BC Parks

In addition to surfing and hiking, the park is a popular spot for wilderness camping and fishing, according to BC Parks. During low tides, visitors can walk over rock and beach to the north and south of Raft Cove, nearing the edge of the Pacific.

The beach is accessible via a rugged 2 km road cutting through coastal old-growth of beautiful hemlock, western red cedar, and Sitka spruces.

Note that this route is not maintained, and can be challenging to access during muddy conditions.

So there you have it, wilderness explorers! It’s time to put Raft Cove on your map if you haven’t already!

Raft Cove Park 

Where: Port Hardy, BC