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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.

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Great trek for fit people

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... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
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80 reviews
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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. Then you belong outside. Good luck

Thank Coffeehiker
Johannesburg, South Africa
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615 reviews
282 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
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 breath-taking.

Thank TravelOften1968
North Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 from South and traversed to North and I was happy that I did that way.... More 

1 Thank Torfeh K
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 describe it as a 50 mile obstacle course through forest, mud, sand, boulders, ladders, and... More 

3 Thank jeffreyquint
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is my second year doing the WCT. Year 1 was drought and no mud holes. It was a piece of cake compare to this year even though at the time I thought it was gruelling. The mud and the rain this year multiplied that emotion. Day 4 we took the day off and enjoyed the beach to ourselves until... More 

Thank Joan W
Brantford, Canada
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2016

I'd have to agree with one of the comments around "Less Trail, More Obstacle Course". If you are looking for a nice backpacking trip to see some lovely outdoors this shouldn't be your first choice. If you are looking for a challenging hike in muddy, uneven difficult terrain then this would be your first choice. Don't get me wrong the... More 

4 Thank RM001
Calgary, Canada
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 22, 2016

"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 

Thank ilaura_st
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76 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed September 18, 2016 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 

Thank InsightCanada
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 10, 2016

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 

Thank Crimesoftheheart
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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