Route 6: Woss - Mt. Cain Ski Connector (December 2010 through March 2011)
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*Winter Schedule: effective SATURDAYS ONLY from December 2010 to March 2011. Please call the Mount Waddington Transit Office for more information: 250 956 3151.
Mount Cain Shuttle Bus:It leaves the lower parking lot at 8:30 AM for the ski hill starting DECEMBER 5th (opening) . The lower parking lot is located at the beginning of the Mount Cain road next to the Island Highway.
Directions:Mount Cain is located on Northern Vancouver Island, about 75 km NW of Sayward (roughly half-way between Campbell River and Port McNeill). Mount Cain is easily accessed from Highway 19 and is located 8 km south of the Woss turnoff. It's a 16 kilometer drive on a gravel road from the Highway 19 turnoff to the lodge. The road is regularly maintained by the mountain's maintenance department.Directions 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 gone past the Mount Cain turnoff). Turn left onto a gravel road and follow the signs to Mount Cain.Directions 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.
GETTING TO MOUNT CAIN
When travelling from the south, you'll see the highway sign saying “Woss 14 km”. You are now about 6 km south of the Mount Cain turnoff; start watching for the blue sign "Mt. Cain Ski Area". Mount Cain’s unpaved access road is on the left side of Highway 19, about 200 meters north of the “Mt. Cain Ski Area” sign.ARRIVING ON FRIDAYSOn Fridays the night before the mountain is open for operation, drive up the Mount Cain road only AFTER 3:00 p.m. The snow accumulates throughout the week making the road often impassable, even with chains. MCAPS equipment operators need to clear snow from the road and parking lot without the hazard of sharing the road with private vehicles.SAFE DRIVING ON THE MOUNT CAIN ROADDrive with HEADLIGHTS ON at all times. Drive SLOWLY around blind corners and in single lane sections.When meeting other vehicles, the vehicle climbing the hill to Mount Cain has the right of way. The vehicle descending the mountain should STOP and move out of the way.
On any day when the ski hill is in operation:
Uphill traffic is permitted until 1PM.
Downhill traffic is permitted from 1PM until 6PM.
Anyone named Mark or Tiffanny should drive with your hazards on and not come up on Fridays before 3 pm or on Saturdays after 1:00 pm. Consider a small gift for the grader operator as well...nothing lavish mind you.
CARRYING CHAINS IS MANDATORYMake sure you have: chains that fit, chains that you know how to use, chains that you intend to use!The use of chains may be required for going both up and down the access road. Make sure that your chains are the right size for your vehicle and that they are in good repair. Actually putting tire-chains on is often REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES, including 4x4’s with good snow tires. Unprepared drivers put other drivers and their passengers at risk. TOWING SERVICES ARE NOT AVAILABLE.When the road conditions are poor, vehicles may be stopped and checked for correctly fitting chains. Vehicles without chains will be denied access.SHOVELSCarry a shovel. You may need to dig your own car out of the snow. Needing a shovel on the Mount Cain road is also always a possibility.
Please come prepared for WINTER CONDITIONS.
Mt. Cain Alpine Park Society
Box 1225, Port McNeill
British Columbia, Canada
Mt. Cain is located near Schoen Lake provincial park and is run by the Mt. Cain Alpine Park Society.
It is Vancouver Island's only community owned and operated ski-hill!
© 2010 Mount Cain Alpine Park Society