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West Coast Trail

British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-726-3500
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A fun adventure for any experienced hiker

This is not a trail for beginners or even intermediate hikers. It's over 75km of gruelling terrain... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Vancouver, Canada
Multi day backpacking adventure - a bucket list item!

The full trail is a 75kms trail Most people do it from 5-7 days. There is now mid-point access at... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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Reviewed 3 days ago

This is not a trail for beginners or even intermediate hikers. It's over 75km of gruelling terrain including delapidated boardwalks, rotting ladders and slippery rock shelves along the beach. The campsites have lots of tent space, pit toilets and food lockers, but the trail is...More

Thank MissingCubaAlready
Reviewed 1 week ago

The full trail is a 75kms trail Most people do it from 5-7 days. There is now mid-point access at Nitinaht Narrows for a 3-4 day adventure. It requires PERMITS ahead of time for Parks Canada - reservations open in January if you want preferred...More

Thank Sylvie B
Reviewed June 13, 2017

My partner and I started at the south end of the trail and hiked north. The south end(port renfrew) has a much more challenging terrain compared to the north. I would recommend starting in the south!! We spend 6 day/5 night and found that to...More

Thank jenl162017
Reviewed May 24, 2017

I had wanted to do the West Coast Trail for a very long time. When I finally got to do it, I loved every second. I did moderate conditioning to ready myself but nothing too crazy above my regular fitness routine. My friend and I...More

Thank SpevialKev
Reviewed May 22, 2017

The West Coast trail is an icon of the hiking / backpacking community in Canada. I've completed the trail 4 times in 1983, 86, 99 and 2006, first two with my father, the last two with my children when the youngest to go at the...More

1  Thank Kevin M
Reviewed May 6, 2017

I hiked the WCT more than 30 years ago with another university student. It was the most grueling and physically challenging hike of my life. I recall we took the original legendary MV Lady Rose from Port Alberni to Bamfield. We had chosen to start...More

Thank funpig07
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

If your mind can easily adjust to all trail conditions and weather. Your generally fit then you will love this trail. Did it at slow pace in 6 days with 4 days of rain. If you feel that this is still better than at home....More

Thank Coffeehiker
Reviewed January 24, 2017

You can do the full trail or just parts of it. It is a daunting trek and you should be fully prepared for what you are getting into. There are some easy parts but there are some very challenging parts, too. The nature, however, is...More

1  Thank TravelOften1968
Reviewed December 29, 2016

I did this trail last summer in 5 days and it is among my best experiences. It is a challenging hike but not as difficult, if you feel you are not in good shape plan for 7 days+ and you should be fine. I started...More

1  Thank Torfeh K
Reviewed November 13, 2016

This was the first time I had backpacked more than 2 days. I'm in decent shape for a mid thirties guy, and this tested my limits physically. Many people each year have to be evacuated or choose to boat out at the halfway point. I...More

4  Thank jeffreyquint
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February 7, 2017|
Response from InsightCanada | Reviewed this property |
I've hiked both and the WCT was much more difficult in my opinion. But the Rockwell was a better hike overall given the beautiful scenery. The WTC is more challenging because of: (1) the challenging trail; (2) the weather... More
January 10, 2017|
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Response from Tripgids |
Hi girls, My wife Rita ( 61 ) and me Andre ( 71 ) from Belgium did the trail last year with MBguiding from Victoria BC. A wonderful experience... But, don't expect luxury. It's backcountry hiking with many hazards: ladders... More
January 7, 2017|
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Response from ilaura_st | Reviewed this property |
Hi, ChrisofCalgary! It's not quite so. Meaning that what goes up must come down. I would say it's quite equal. A lot of people decide to go from the north just because there are less ladders and a false idea that your... More