Hiking The West Coast Trail

The MOST popular hiking trail in British Columbia.

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The rugged West Coast Trail winds 47 miles along the remote Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island. While in this temperate rainforest, be prepared for unusual river fords, and crossings via pully cars and rope bridges. The entire route is a five to seven day trek with slippery, muddy, rocky trail conditions. This difficult trail is not recommended for children under twelve years old.

When hiking the West Coast Trail, start from either Port Renfrew or Bamfield.

Note: all hikers on the West Coast Trail are required to have a Trail Use Permit while on the trail. All overnight users of the West Coast Trail (WCT) must participate in an orientation session. Orientation sessions are offered at 9:30AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:30 PM at both WCT Information Centres.

Overall, West Coast Trail is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in British Columbia.

West Coast Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Pachena Bay Information / Registration Centre (250) 728-3234; Gordon River Information / Registration Centre (250) 647-5434; West Coast Trail Map from Crown Publications (250) 386-4636.

Recommended Book:  "West Coast Trail And Juan De Fuca Trail" from Ian Gill

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Resort At Quait Bay (250) 726-8235

Luxury Loding:  Yellow Point Lodge (250) 245-7422

Reference Source:  click here http://www.westcoasttrailbc.com/

GPS:  48.577367, -124.412243

Date Published:  12/30/2015

Date Updated:  8/4/2016

ID:  9128

West Coast Trail Hiking Map


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