If rustic living, hard physical labour, frequently miserable weather and the possibility of encounters with wolves, bears and cougars sounds like your idea of a good time, then you may just be cut out for the job of park operator at British Columbia's Cape Scott Provincial Park.
Located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Cape Scott is a backcountry-lover's dream — a rugged 22,000 hectares of old-growth forest framed by sandy, wind-carved beaches. Every summer, a helicopter delivers a small crew of operators to the park, where they'll remain for the next three months. Daily life consists of providing information to visitors, maintaining the park's trails and boardwalks, and being on call to respond to emergencies. With no cell service or Internet, distractions are few, and conditions can be harsh, but veteran employees of the park say they find a season at Cape Scott rejuvenating.
In the May/June issue of Canadian Geographic, which hits newsstands in eastern Canada April 23 and western Canada April 30, photographer Matt Law provides readers with a glimpse at the rigorous training park operators undergo before the season opens. Here's a sneak peek at his photo essay.