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Address: British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: +1 250-726-3500
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West Coast Trail has the reputation of being on of the most excutiating...

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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Challenging and rewarding

"Are you nuts? You are going to die over there, you know?! Why didn't you tell me earlier, I would have convinced you not to go!" These was the reaction my friends had when I told... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

"Are you nuts? You are going to die over there, you know?! Why didn't you tell me earlier, I would have convinced you not to go!" These was the reaction my friends had when I told them I was going to do the WCT the upcoming weekend. I always found people's descriptions of the WCT to be exaggerated; I did... More 

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Canada
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66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The West Coast Trail is less of a trail and more of a multi-day, muddy, treacherous, obstacle course punctuated by campgrounds and beaches. It is not an easy trek and should not be taken lightly or without serious planning. There are beautiful sections and mind numbing, seemingly endless sections of mud and roots. Don't be fooled by the short distance... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not for glamping nor is it for someone who isn;t mentally or physically fit for an advanced technical hike. It is hard and it is beautiful. There are many many ladders, some of them ranging to 50+ ft length. It is wet and cold and very muddy. It goes up and down the side of cliffs. You have... More 

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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

This was an amazing adventure with great beaches. However I did the Juan de Fuca trail directly afterwards (to really challenge myself) and I felt that the scenery and beaches on this trail were equally beautiful. The Juan de Fuca trail only cost $10 per person per night compared with an entry fee of $184 for the WCT. I feel... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

I love this trail, and always despise it at times. It is challenging to the core emotionally, physically and mentally. You will learn alot about yourself if you attempt this and I highly recommend it. Do train though.

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Sarasota, Florida
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This trail is not for everyone. It takes planning, strength, multi day backpacking knowledge and experience, carefulness, attention, lots of grit and determination and a bit of good luck to hike the whole 75 km trail. You have to watch every step you take and treat everything like you are stepping on ice. We even had very nice weather and... More 

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Brisbane Region, Australia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

What a, great trek 6 days, 7 days would be that bit nicer to really enjoy byt with the bus schedule we decided to push through. The fact we only had 1 rainy day and a pretty dry trek we really enjoyed the challenge of this trek. Saw plenty of wildlife whales, eagles, humming bird, otters and even a black... More 

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VICTORIA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

Like the GR20 in Corsica, Castle Mountain tramp in Tasmania or Melford Sound in New Zealand, the West Coast Trail is one of those "walks of a life time". You need to make a reservation. They limit the number of people who walk the trail each day. However, you can take as long as you want to walk, and the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I had a great 5 days on the trail. But I'm really glad that: 1) I'm fit and 2) I had a partner to carry the heavy items. Also glad I went during the dry season. Pack your cash for the restaurants along the way to save some weight. I dropped a size from 7 hours of hiking a day,... More 

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Nijmegen
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is a world-renowned premium wilderness trek in Pacific Rim National Park, which I completed solo in 6 days (5 nights) late september/early october 2015 in fine weather starting from Pachena Bay Trailhead and finishing at Gordon River Trailhead for 76km/47mi through temperate rainforest along the coast. It's suitable for people who are already accustomed to multi-day hiking trips; if... More 

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