The West Coast TrailThere are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. The two main entry points are at Pachena Bay in the north(Bamfield) and Gordon River in the south(Port Renfrew). Port Renfrew is located a 2 hours drive from Victoria and Bamfield is quite a bit further and more challenging to get to and find.

Hike the West Coast Trail

 Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 1 Pachena to Darling Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 2 Darling to Tsusiat Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 4 Carmanah to Walbran Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 5 Walbran to Cullite Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 6 Cullite to Camper Hiking Route West Coast TrailDay 7 Camper to Thrasher West Coast Trail CampsitesMichigan Creek at 12k West Coast Trail CampsitesDarling River at 14k West Coast Trail CampsitesOrange Juice Creek at 15k West Coast Trail CampsitesTsocowis Creek at 16.5k West Coast Trail CampsitesKlanawa River at 23k West Coast Trail CampsitesTsusiat Falls at 25k West Coast Trail CampsitesCribs Creek at 42k West Coast Trail CampsitesCarmanah Creek at 46k West Coast Trail CampsitesBonilla Creek at 48k West Coast Trail CampsitesWalbran Creek at 53k West Coast Trail CampsitesCullite Cove at 58k West Coast Trail CampsitesCamper Bay at 62k Thrasher Cove - West Coast Trail CampsitesThrasher Cove at 70k

If you are coming from the Nanaimo ferry terminal, the driving time to the Pachena Bay trailhead near Bamfield takes 3.5 hours. The stretch of terrible logging road from Port Alberni alone takes 2 hours! When you consider where to start and finish the West Coast Trail, transportation practicalities should be high on your list of importance. The Pachena Bay trailhead is far more remote and challenging to get to than the Gordon River trailhead.

The Gordon River trailhead is extremely easy to find from Victoria. Simply drive out of the city following the highway signs to Sooke and/or Port Renfrew. In two hours you will arrive at the very small town of Port Renfrew and quickly spot signs to the West Coast Trail. None of this route is on gravel roads and almost the entire drive is scenic and interesting.

If you are taking one of the BC Ferries over from Vancouver you have three options. You can sail from Tsawwassen ferry terminal(Vancouver) across to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal(Victoria). From Tsawwassen you can also take a ferry up to Departure Bay(Nanaimo). In North Vancouver you have another ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay that takes you to Departure Bay(Nanaimo) as well.

BC Ferries get very busy in the summer months and growing demand has overwhelmed the Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay ferry terminals. With the ferries being older and the infrastructure inadequate, you tend to get absurdly long waits that you don't tend to get a the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay terminals. Departure Bay in Nanaimo is particularly bad as you regularly see two ferries come and go as you wait for a third. All the while the lineup is backed up well into the residential streets of Nanaimo!

If you are driving to the West Coast Trail, you have two options. Park at one end of the trail and take the West Coast Trail bus to the other end and hike back. Or you can hike from your car and bus back after finishing the trail. Taking the bus at the start of your hike seems like a better option as when you finish the trail you will be quite tired, hungry and not eager to wait for a bus to take you all the way back to your car. Parking for the West Coast Trail requires some careful consideration as well. Because locals know that a car parked will be unguarded for a week, there has been quite a shameful history of thefts from both trailheads.

Hike in Victoria

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Victoria Hiking Trails

Huge Douglas-fir trees and tremendous views are the highlights of this beautiful Provincial Park just 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, near Sidney.  ...
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Grass Lake(aka Grasse Lake or Grassie Lake) is a moderately difficult trail to a beautifully remote lake far in the wilderness of Sooke.  Popular for ...
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Mount Tolmie is another beautiful, easily accessed mountain in Victoria with 360 degree ocean and city views.  On a clear day you can spot Mount Baker far ...
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Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a beautiful park running along the Saanich Inlet just a short drive from downtown Victoria.  Accessible from Goldstream Park ...
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Goldstream Provincial Park and Mount Finlayson are beautiful places that are definitely a must-see on any visit to Victoria.  Huge coastal rainforest trees ...
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Clayoquot Hiking Trails

At 53 metres, Virgin Falls is quite an impressive sight.  You walk through the short, two minute forest trail to reach it and it fills your view.  It is ...
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The Nuu-chah-nulth (aka the Wickaninnish Trail), has the amazing distinction among all the other beach hikes in the Tofino-Ucluelet corridor, in that it is flanked ...
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Hot Springs Cove is a wonderful day trip from Tofino.  Lots of whale watching companies offer whale watching/hot springs tours for very reasonable prices.  The ...
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Meares Island was the centre of dispute in the 80's when the Nuu-chah-nulth protested Macmillan Bloedel's intent to log the island.  The Nuu-chah-nulth ...
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Radar Beach is one of the countless places that makes this part of the world so amazing.  It is difficult to get to due to it having an unmarked trailhead, ...
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The West Coast Trail

When shipping in and out of Juan de Fuca Strait rapidly increased in the mid 1800's and alarming and costly number of ships were lost, the need for a ...
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The West Coast Trail is incredible. Everything about it is amazing. From the wildly, incomprehensibly enormous trees to endless jaw dropping views. And ...
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The West Coast Trail hiking season is confined to just five months due to the dangerously stormy weather during the winter months. In the winter the days ...
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There are three entry/exit points for the West Coast Trail, however the midway entry/exit point at Nitinaht Narrows is for hikers only hiking part of the trail. ...
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There are lots of options to getting to the West Coast Trail. The trail is linear so you have to arrange to get to the trailhead as well as from your exit ...
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The West Coast Trail is a very tough hike. About one out of one hundred hikers don't make it, they need to be rescued. That's why there are so many fees. ...
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