- Name West Coast Trail
- Distance de sentier 75 km, 47 milles
- Durée en jours 7 jours
- Début de sentier Bamfield
- Fin de sentier Port Renfrew
- Classement Traildino MW, Marche modérée, sentier de randonnée
- Classement Traversée de montagne T1, Randonnée
Bamfield - Port Renfrew, 75 km (47 miles), 7 days
France has its Tour du Mont Blanc, England its Coast to Coast Path, and so Canada has its own top trail: the West Coast Trail along the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. This trail is probably the best known and one of the most popular in the country.
With a length of 75 km, this trail might seem short and easy. Forget it. It is an extremely rugged wilderness trail. A trail for those with perseverance and condition. Take your time: the average schedule for walking the entire trail is a week. Because of its popularity, many improvements have been made to tackle the most difficult passages.
What do you get? The trail follows the Pacific coast, in the Pacific Rim National Park. These troubled and reef infested waters hide dozens of shipwrecks, invisible to the eye. The trail owes its existence to the many disasters, which gave this area the name Graveyard of the Pacific. In 1906, to do something for the rescue of shipwrecked sailors, the government built the Dominion Life Saving Trail.
The trail goes through old woods, bogs, over sandy beaches and pebble beaches. There are rivers and waterfalls, caves and tidal pools. The tides of the sea pose serious risks, and you will have to carry a tide table and appropriate maps with you. Wildlife includes cougars, black bears, wolves, orcas, gray whales, seals, sea lions, and eagles. Do not be put off: before you start you must complete a mandatory orientation course and you will learn how to deal with the dangers.
At regular intervals are camping facilities. Everything else, you have to carry on your back. Hiking season is May through September.