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West Coast Trail

British Columbia, Canada
+1 250-726-3500
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Beautiful multi day hike

My partner and I started at the south end of the trail and hiked north. The south end(port renfrew... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2017
Victoria, Canada
Amazing summer journey!

I had wanted to do the West Coast Trail for a very long time. When I finally got to do it, I loved... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2017
Vancouver, Canada
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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 13 June 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

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Reviewed 24 May 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 23 May 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 6 May 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 4 March 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 24 January 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 29 December 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 14 November 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
Reviewed 26 October 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...More

1  Thank Joan W
Reviewed 2 October 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,...More

5  Thank RM001
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8 February 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
11 January 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
7 January 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