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What Our Guests Say

  • We truly had a fantastic hike! We appreciate all the organizing and coordinating in making it a wonderful time. Thank you for all of your lugging and slugging! It was an unforgettable time!

    --Carol, Carla, Liz, (Ontario) and Sabine (Austria)
  • I also very much appreciated both your help (and patience!). It was definitely an incredible trip and one I won't ever forget.

    --Tracy, British Columbia
  • The guides were very very professional and I felt very safe in terrain which is different from North Yorkshire. They produced meals from those rucksacks which my husband thought I was pulling his leg. We did see some envious looks from fellow campers too.

    --Kate, Scarborough, Great Britain
  • Thank you for an excellent West Coast Trail trip. I really appreciate all your hard work and guiding skills. It is what made the trip so memorable.

    --Kevin, Northwest Territories
  • We had a great time and all the aches and pains were worth it!! By the time we got back to my house we were feeling great. Elaine felt very proud of herself. Anyhow, I think you are amazing guide and I hope we didn't wear you out!

    --Denise and Elaine, Calgary

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The Tour

The West Coast Trail is the classic coastal hiking trip. Travel through breathtaking coastal temperate rainforest, on sandstone sea shelf, and through woody trail. This 75 km backpacking hike was made as a stranded mariners' lifeline. Exploring the tide pools and hiking the beaches can make the trip unforgettable, but sighting the whales and other wildlife living in this area is the gravy on top. Throw in the history and geography and you've got an unforgettable nine day hiking adventure that will stay with you for the rest of your life. The West Coast Trail is full of wonderful surprises: from the burger stand in the middle of the trek to the two Canadian Coast Guard lighthouses right off the trail, you will be fed with experiences that leave you full and happy.

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Itinerary

This is our typical itinerary. (Because we are travelling in wilderness, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a tour actually runs.)

This trip begins in Vancouver or Victoria, where we will arrange your pickup to drive to the beginning of the trail.

Day 1-Travel Day: Pick up and drive to Port Renfrew. Set up camp, attend the WCT orientation, dinner.

Day 2-up by about 6:00 to be ready to walk to the ferry across Port San Juan to the trailhead. Hike 6 km to Thrasher Cove, lunch on the way. Camp and dine on the beach.

Day 3-after breakfast, pack up and begin the day by crossing the boulders toward Owen Point (tides permitting). Round the bend for lunch on the sea shelf. Continue after lunch on the trail to Camper Bay for the night's camp. 

Day 4-up early for breakfast to make the long day to Walbran Creek. If the tides are right, we cross surge channels on the shelf and hike up Sandstone Creek to the inland trail. After lunch somewhere around Logan Creek, we continue to Walbran, arriving late in the day. Dinner this day is well earned.

Day 5-the shelf walking of this day goes fast as we travel to Carmanah Creek, set up camp, lunch, rest and head to Chez Monique's for a special dinner. After dinner, back to Carmanah Creek to bed for the night. Sort food from the food drop.

Day 6- Day 6 sees us pass Carnanah Lighthouse early in the day. As we carry on, we travel the magnificent Cribs Creek area with its long surf beach. This is a truly incredible place. After a lunch, we carry on to our next beach campsight for dinner and sleep.

Day 7- A little later morning to catch the ferry across Nitinat Narrows, possibly with a brief crab interlude at the ferry, leaves us with the rest of the day to get to Tsusiat Falls or Klanawa Creek to camp, depending on the group.

Day 8- The hiking gets progressivley easier at this end of the trail and we alternate between inland trail and beach/sea shelf walking for the day as we travel to Darling River or Michigan Creek for the last night. Lunch is usually somewhere around Tsocowis Creek. The evening at Michigan usually involves a lot of reminiscing and good conversation around the fire. Packs are lighter and spirits are high.

Day 9- Off after breakfast by about 7:30, we travel the last 12 km of easy trail to the Pachena Trailhead to catch our bus back to the populated world of lattes and showers. Drop off is usually between 5:00 and 9:00 pm (depending on final destination).

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What's Included

Coastal Bliss provides the essential elements of the trip for you:

West Coast Trail sample menu
  • Transportation from and to the departure location
  • All kayaking gear
  • Dry bags to keep your things dry
  • All park fees for the adventure
  • Professional guides
  • All meals (except on any travel days)                   SAMPLE MENU
  • tent (shared)
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide

We can't provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Water Boots or shoes
  • Some food (on travel days)
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent)

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Getting There

If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return.

You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.

Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)

Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)

Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals.  Tel: 1 250 758-2133

BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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Where to Stay

Vancouver Pick up & Hotels

Accent Inn, Vancouver Airport
10551 St. Edwards Dr. (off Hwy #99)
Richmond B.C. V6X 3L8
Ph: 604-273-3311 Fx: 604-273-9522
email: accent@accentinns.com

Guests can receive a 10 % discount at Accent Inn if they identify themselves as guests with ‘Sea to Sky Expeditions’

Naniamo Pick up & Hotels

Pick up: Departure Bay, Duke Point Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations:

Best Western Dorchester Hotel
Address: 70 Church, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, V9R 5H4
Phone: (250) 754-6835
Website: www.dorchesternanaimo.com

Painted Turtle Guesthouse
Address: 121 Bastion Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia CANADA, V9R 3A2
Toll Free: 1-866-309-4432
Phone: (250) 753-4432
Website: www.paintedturtle.ca

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Preparing

How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.

Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready. We've also included a couple of infographics to help you along.

 

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Need Gear?

We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it. 

Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.

Kayaking Tours:

Item  Cost
 Sleeping Bag Rental  $55.00
 Thermarest Rental  $15.00
 Rental Bundle 4-sleeping bag+sleeping pad+water booties  $65.00
 Helmet Rental  $10.00
 Water Booties Rental  $10.00
 Wetsuit Rental  $20.00

 

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Sometimes it is just not worth buying new gear, or carrying something with you over a long distance. With the current costs of taking luggage on flights or the costs of buying something that you just won't ever need again, it is helpful to have an option. Our rental gear is just that option to help you on your journey.
Novice: Beginner kayakers welcome.