THE SEA TO SKY ADVANTAGE
- 25 years of leading expeditions.
- Special hotel rate in Vancouver, including free airport shuttle.
- Food drop to reduce backpack weight.
- Readings and anecdotal storiesl.
- Certified guides with Wilderness First Aid.
- Diversified, tasty menu with meals prepared by our guides.
- Top of the line equipment including tents.
- Trip origins set to save costs and simplify travel logistics.
- Comprehensive package of conditioning and equipment/clothing information.
- On going preparation support from our office.
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WEST COAST TRAIL ITINERARY
A complete itinerary along with maps, clothing and equipment list, will be issued
Note that itinerary listed is Port Renfrew to Bamfield.
the point of origin and return, national park user fee, camping fees, food drop, trail ferry fees, cooking
gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, meals/snacks/beverages on
the expedition, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite
phone, and professional guides. We can provide sleeping bags, sleeping
pads, and backpack if required.
: Transportation to point of origin, transfers,
accommodation and food other than included in the itinerary, gratuities,
and personal equipment.
: All meals while on the backpacking portion of
Arrival in Vancouver. This denotes the day or days
spent in Vancouver before the listed start date of the trip.
Meet at B.C. Ferries Tsawwassen Terminal.The ferry crossing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island is approximately 1.5 hours. From Swartz Bay, it is about two and one half hours to Port Renfrew. After registering at the trailhead office, we will stay in Port Renfrew. The time will be used to get to know our traveling companions and discuss the trail ahead.
We will return to the West Coast Trail registration
office and be transported across the Gordon River by boat to the trailhead.
Our destination is Thrasher Cove. Although just 6 km away, the terrain is
such, that it will take us most of the day. There are no scenic rewards other
than those provided by the forest, creeks and occasional waterfall. You will
sample your first set of ladders and see a donkey machine.
Thrasher Cove presents your first opportunity to enjoy beach camping. Although
a small cove, it provides water and an excellent view of Port San Juan and
Port Renfrew across the water.
The morning tide will determine whether we will follow the beach to Owen Point or return to the trail. The beach hike, although characterized by huge boulders, is easier and shorter than the trail. The shelf near Owen Point has sandstone bluffs, caves and caverns, unusual rock formations and surge channels. Many hikers believe it resembles a moonscape. We will eventually leave the shelf because of impassable headlands and sample the beauty and denseness of a west coast rain forest.
Camper Bay is our destination. The campsite is located by a creek and flanked by magnificent sandstone bluffs.
Our day will once again be spent in rain forest. Although
this is a difficult and usually muddy section of the trail, it offers an opportunity
to really appreciate the lush, vibrant beauty of a rain forest.
At Sandstone and Cullite Creeks we will encounter another series of ladders.
From Cullite Creek we will pass along a boardwalked bog that features some
interesting flora, including stunted cousins of hemlock, spruce and cedar.
Our campsite is Logan Creek. It is famous for its spectacular suspension
bridge and, of course, more ladders.
We will cross the suspension bridge this morning. Although somewhat imposing and ominous as viewed from the creek, it is less so during the crossing. A short morning of rain forest and bog will bring us to Walbran Creek. We now leave behind the most difficult section of the trail and begin that section characterized by mostly beach and shelf hiking.
At Bonilla Point we will see the Carmanah Lighthouse in the distance. Time permitting we will stop to see the beautiful little waterfall at Bonilla before moving on to our campsite at Carmanah Creek, a short distance ahead.
We will pick up our food drop just down the beach and then move
on to Carmanah Point Lighthouse for a visit. Below the lighthouse is a rock
favoured by sea lions. From the lighthouse we will hike a sandy beach to the
Cribs. The Cribs features a natural breakwater. This breakwater is well worth
exploring for its many tide pools. Depending on the tide, we will either hike
the beach or leave it behind to follow the trail as it edges its way along steep
cliffs. The views will not disappoint you. We will descend to beautiful sandy
beach near the Cheewhat River. After crossing the Cheewhat River we will climb
Cardiac Hill (you’ll understand why it’s called that ) and finally make camp
on Stanley Beach. Stanley Beach has some interesting features, including petroglyphs,
surge channel, abandoned house, blowhole, and honeycombed rocks.
The trail from Stanley Beach to the Nitinat Narrows is completely
boardwalked. The Narrows, because of its depth and current, must be crossed
by boat with the assistance of the local natives. The section of trail from
the Narrows to Tsuquadra Beach is considered by many to have the most spectacular
views. Eventually we will arrive at Hole in the Wall, a wave worn hole cut into
the rock at Tsusiat Point. Tsusiat Falls, just up the beach, is our campsite.
Tsusiat Falls is considered by many to be one of the major highlights of the
From Tsusiat Falls we will hike to the Klanawa River and our last
cable car crossing. We will follow the beach until Trestle Creek and then head
into the forest. We will stop where the trail overlooks the shelf. In 1906 the
S.S.Valencia went aground here in a violent storm. The battering waves eventually
broke the ship apart and 126 passengers and crew lost their lives. This tragic
event was the catalyst for creation of the Life Saving Trail which would later
become the West Coast Trail. Returning to the trail we will cross two suspension
bridges and our last ladder. We will eventually emerge from the forest at Tsocowis
Creek. It is all beach and shelf to our campsite at Michigan Creek.
With the exception of a visit to Pachena Lighthouse, our last day
on the trail will be uneventful. From Michigan Creek the trail will be entirely
through rainforest. The route follows an old supply road. It is considered the
easiest section of the trail. The end of the trail is at Pachena Bay. We should
be there by noon. We will drive to Port Alberni for lunch and then on to the
ferry terminal. We should arrive at the ferry terminal by early evening and
be back in Tsawwassen late at night.
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