The West Coast Trail, is a 75 km long backpacking trail following the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.
No average walk in the park, completing the West Coast Trail is a heroic journey of discovery. Trek 75 kilometers from start to finish, through an untamed and animated coast, and temperate, inland rainforest, where new adventures meets every sunrise. Hiking the trail is a journey best undertaken with an expert at your side.
The West Coast Trail (WCT) is a coastal wilderness component of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It has the reputation of being on of the most grueling treks in North America. It is isolated, strenuous, physically challenging and potentially hazardous. It is also extremely rewarding due to the spectacular scenery and unique setting.
Embark on an epic journey of the soul. Challenge yourself to a wilderness hike where few have gone before. Trek beneath the canopy of an old growth forest of trees so tall, they’re almost impossible to comprehend. Drift off to sleep on a broad, sandy beach, the song of the ocean filling your ears. Explore tidal pools, mysterious rock formations, and spectacular waterfalls. Cross suspension bridges over gaping gorges in a pristine wilderness you once only dreamed of. Discover the legendary allure of hiking Canada’s West Coast Trail, experiencing life on the edge few others get to witness.
There are some places still left in this world that only the most intrepid travelers will ever experience. British Columbia’s West Coast Trail is one of them. Its coastal rainforest and windswept beaches hold countless stories – of ancient trading routes for local First Nations, of shipwrecks and sailors, and the Graveyard of the Pacific. Constructed as a lifeline for those who dared sail beyond the reefs and breakers of Vancouver Island’s southern coast, today, the West Coast Trail is considered the hike of a lifetime – a bucket-list experience.
Every person using and hiking the West Coast Trail requires a Trail Use Permit regardless of the number of nights on the Trail. This includes landing anywhere on the Trail by boat or kayak and day-hiking. All WCT users must have a Trail Use Permit in their possession. Hikers without a permit will not be permitted to complete their hike and will not be provided ferry services. Users without Permits are subject to enforcement.
1. To obtain guaranteed hiking dates, hikers may reserve ahead starting april 1, by calling Hello B.C. Reservation Services at the following phone numbers:
1-800-495-5688 (within Canada and USA)
250- 387-1642 (outside North America)
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Bear and Cougars:
Remember this is bear and cougar country so please take the usual wildlife precautions.