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A great adventure for experienced backpackers

The WCT is rugged. It is tough. It can test and try your endurance and grit. If you survive it you... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
frombeautifulBC
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Awesome hike on Vancouver Island!

My husband and I did this backpack from September 6 - 10 2018. We had planned on 5 nights, but... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
RoseW1474
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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...more
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 December 2013

Hi All, I am looking to do the WCT in July/August 2014. I am now planning on hiking solo but have also been looking at tour companies as an option. Would any of you have opinions either way? Have any of you hiked it alone?...More

94  Thank Carli C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 September 2014

Many hikers spoke so highly of the WCT, I decided I must check out this trail on Vancouver Island. This was by far the most expensive hike I have ever gone on, so I thought it would be worth it. I traveled on the Victoria...More

36  Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The WCT is rugged. It is tough. It can test and try your endurance and grit. If you survive it you will be better for it because it takes determination. This is not a good trail to cut your teeth on, it is dangerous for...More

Thank frombeautifulBC
Reviewed 4 October 2018

My husband and I did this backpack from September 6 - 10 2018. We had planned on 5 nights, but finished in 4. We went from Gordon River to Bamfield - deciding to do the harder (southern) section first. We had excellent weather on the...More

1  Thank RoseW1474
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We had all the odds stacked against us in the first few days of our hike. Packs that were well over the desired weight for our size, starting late in the day which resulted in hiking after dark, two days of rain and starting from...More

Thank Anna T
Reviewed 16 August 2018

I am about to do the WCT for the 5th time in 12 years. I always go northbound. So, yes, I am a fan! Here is why: 1. Camping on the beach! Every night. Fires permitted, even in no-fire season. Bear caches and outhouses are...More

Thank GregT895
Reviewed 31 July 2018

Three of us hiked the northern part from Nitinaht lake to Pachena Bay end of July. We stayed the night before at the Nitinaht motel (basic but adequate), attended the orientation at 8 am the following morning (next door in the visitor centre, serves coffee...More

1  Thank MelanieP1
Reviewed 30 July 2018

I do not recommend this hike. As a Canadian I am embarrassed by the dilapidated condition of the infrastructure (wooden walk ways, bridges, ladders and cable crossings).Many (especially 1/3 of the walkways) are so dilapidated and treacherous that they are the greatest hazard on the...More

1  Thank hpmdoc6
Reviewed 23 July 2018

A challenging walk. Recommend at least 6 night to enjoy it fully wear gatiers as very muddy in sections and rember you took on the challange

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 17 May 2018

I did this trek years ago, it has always been a special memory for me because the entire trek is unbelievable. The camp spots are all along the coast and facing the pacific. You cannot get a more serene coastal track elsewhere.

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

This is a review of a "Comfort Camping" package offered by westcoasttrail.com, which enters the West Coast Trail from the middle rather than from either end. The package is highly recommended as a great way to experience the heart of the West Coast Trail for...More

3  Thank Architectandmusician
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The West Coast Trail is the most rewarding hike I've ever done. It's also the hardest - by far. Plan for a 7 day hike and you won't be disappointed (or surprised). We hiked from South to North and the first 3 days were definitely...More

2  Thank Wanderer336
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bluebuggy2018
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Response from MelanieP1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it was very easy but you do have to spend the night in Nitanaht village beforehand, there is no way around that. Orientation is at 8am and after that you are taken to the boat that takes you to the trailhead. We left our... More
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8 February 2017|
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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
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