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West Coast Trail

British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-726-3500
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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... read more

Reviewed September 22, 2016
Calgary, Canada
Less Trail, More Obstacle Course

The West Coast Trail is less of a trail and more of a multi-day, muddy, treacherous, obstacle... read more

Reviewed September 18, 2016
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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 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...More

1  Thank ilaura_st
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...More

Thank InsightCanada
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...More

Thank Crimesoftheheart
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...More

2  Thank Dean A
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.

3  Thank ashley s
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...More

10  Thank Lifeisagr8adventure
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...More

2  Thank Huddo193
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...More

1  Thank M J
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...More

6  Thank KJBD05
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...More

3  Thank evwtrip
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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