Holberg, The Door to Cape Scott
In 1897 settlers carved a home out of the rugged Cape Scott
area. By 1907 most settlers had moved to "West Arm"
(later to become Holberg). In 1909 when the post office was
to be established "West Arm" became Holberg. Danish
settlers named their homestead after Baron Eluting Holberg,
an important Danish historian and writer. Their farms spread
throughout the area, eventually the Danes and their farms
disappeared but remnants of their settlement are still found
in sections of the never-completed wagon trail...now the hiking
trail to Cape Scott.
as an important logging town and later as a Canadian Air Force
Today, Holberg residents tend the
surrounding forest and maintain area salmon spawning streams.
Holberg is a haven for every kind of nature activity and a
Services at Holberg
include the Scarlet Ibis Restaurant and Pub (excellent food),
a fuel station,
convenience store and a motel.
Take a challenging
eight hour (27 km) hike through an exquisite old growth forest
to Cape Scott Provincial Park's windswept
beaches at the top of Vancouver Island. This 15,070 hectare
park offers unparalleled Wildlife viewing; bear, wolves, cougars,
deer and a large variety of seabirds and an annual migration
of Trumpeter Swans.
For an easy hour
hike San Josef Bay offers beautiful views
of the west coast, birds and wildlife. Kayak in sheltered
Holberg Inlet...surf the big waves at Raft Cove...and
a short drive takes you to rugged Cape Palmerston
(called 2 minute beach by the locals as that is how close
it is to hike the trail) to watch the pounding Pacific surf.
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