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West Coast Trail

PO Box 280, Ucluelet | 2040 Pacific Rim Highway, British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-726-3500
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Camping
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Owner description: West Coast Trail has the reputation of being on of the most excutiating treks in North America, rewarding you with stunning backdrops in a cultural and historical landscape. West Coast Trail is a hiking trail that follows along the southwestern shoreline of Vancouver Island. It has infamous weather, where thousands of people come to storm watch. In fact, the weather and tides have been the demise of many catastrophic shipwrecks up until the late 1800's, making the area known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific". Beached survivors often met their makers once they made it to the jagged shoreline, provoking the government to rough-in a trail that is to this day isolated, physically challenging and potentially hazardous. West Coast Trail is not for the faint of heart, but welcomes those ready to take on the 75km challenge, explore the environment and learn a great deal about themselves, both mentally and physically. Can you conquer it?!

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Castegar, BC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

When we hiked: Saturday, May 10 - Friday, May 16th, 2014 My husband and I hiked the trail with my brother-in-law who traveled from Holland for the adventure. So, there were three of us, all at or over 45 years old. For me, it was the best holiday of my life. I loved it and think of it often. It... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Many hikers spoke so highly of the WCT, I decided I must check out this trail on Vancouver Island. This was by far the most expensive hike I have ever gone on, so I thought it would be worth it. I traveled on the Victoria Clipper to Victoria from Seattle, stayed in a hostel in Victoria the first night, took... More

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Puerto Natales, Chile
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Blisters and Bliss is actually the title of the best guidebook there is for backpacking the WCT in either direction. Both Wayne Aitken and David Foster, co-authors of this trekking guide were excellent sources in helping me prepare for one of the most amazing backpacking trips of my life. Wayne was my contact the first time I did this trek... More

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Moraga
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

With eight friends I hiked the West Coast Trail in the second half of July 2014 from North to South. We spent six nights on the trail. This hike is difficult, often exhausting and, at time, hazardous. Try to time your hiking so that you can hike along the shoreline when possible as this is both easier hiking and offers... More

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Wayzata, Minnesota
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25 reviews 25 reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Make no mistake, this trail is not for the faint-hearted, the beginner hiker, the out-of-shape, and people afraid of heights. The distance alone (45 miles) should give most people pause. Add in deep mud, steep climbs, tons of tree roots, lots of ladders, sand you sink into, and the resulting blisters you can't help but get, and you'll get the... More

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British Columbia, Canada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
41 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was the third time I have done the Trail and it was great to see so many kids, mostly in the 11-14 year-old range. We did the north part of the trail and came out at Nitinat for time reasons. The highlight is the simple act of spending time with family with the added bonus of meeting lots of... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I did this trek in mid June through a tour operator (Sea to Sky Expeditions). It is an absolutely beautiful trek, alternating beach and shelf hikes, and forest hikes. THis is not a trek for the novice hiker. It also requires a good physical shape, since a good physical shape might be the deciding factor between "surviving" the trail or... More

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Halifax, Canada
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Hello all, I've been living in BC for two months now and I only have two more months left. After having travelled to the interior, I've decided I wanted to take on the West Coast Trail at some point over the summer. I'm living in Victoria, so what would be the ideal starting point for me? I'm planning on doing... More

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
23 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I hiked the WCT with two friends over 7 days from May 11-17, 2014. I am a very experienced trekker though significantly older than my two companions. We hiked the trail from south to north, arguably getting the hardest part out of the way first -- and this proved to be very true. On the last day of the hike... More

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Test your self on the best hiking trail on the west coast of North America and maybe the best oceanside hiking trail in the world. Wolves, cougars and killer whales are the primary carnivores along this route. Humans are still just trespassing. Whales roll on the beaches you hike across, scraping barnacles and pests from their skin. Pack as light... More

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