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What Our Guests Say

  • I just wanted to let you know, that I enjoyed the hiking trip very well, everything was nice. It was the first time in my life, that I did an outdoor trip like this. Thank’s for your always good accompany.

    --Susanne, Germany
  • 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
  • You helped to make this difficult trail manageable by sharing your hiking experience and provision of excellent meals though out the tour. We enjoyed Gary’s historical readings along the trail and general knowledge of the area. We will be back to hike the West Coast Trail with you in the future.

    --Lynda & Jeanna, Kamloops, BC
  • 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

Cape Scott Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful and intriguing hiking areas in BC. Travelling through ancient, coastal, temperate rainforest and on sand and cobblestone beaches, enjoy the glorious Cape Scott Provincial Park at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island.

The Cape Scott hike is a scenic tour through a number of coastal ecosystems. Dominated by hemlock, cedar, and sitka spruce, the trail passes through large stands of each tree species. The upland trail areas travel through coastal marsh and bog ecosystems full of small, but intricately beautiful plant species. At the shore, the trail winds through and around many pocket beaches adorned with sea stacks and caves, watched over by eagles from their aeries.

Cape Scott is full of hiking trails leading to a number of incredible historical and geographical features. There is time on this trip to explore the beauty of Cape Scott Park, with side trips to Nels Bight, Hansen Lagoon, and Guise Bay.

Just outside the park, past Guise Bay, is the Cape Scott Lightstation, one of the few remaining attended lighthouses in Canada. Exploring the trails gives the chance to imagine how a group of Danish pioneers tried to survive here before vacating the area after 10 hard years, leaving only the names of the areas we will visit. The history of this area is fascinating, and the views are unbeatable. Come see for yourself!


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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 Nanaimo, where we will arrange your pickup to drive to the beginning of the trail.

Day 1-Travel Day: Guides and clients meet in Nanaimo at one of our pickup points (point of origin). The journey up island to Port Hardy takes 5 hours. From Port Hardy, after a check on equipment and other needs, we drive the 67 km of logging roads to the Cape Scott Provincial Park lot. We begin our tour with the journey to Eric Lake or Fisherman's Creek, to camp for the night.

Day 2-Hike in to Nels Bight
We continue our hike along the relatively flat area of the Cape, exploring some of the historical sights along the way, ending at Nels Bight, where we set up a base camp for the next day.

Day 3-Day Hike to the Cape Scott Light Station
With so much to explore at the Cape, we take off toward the lighthouse, looking at the sites available, travelling around Experiment Bight, across the sand neck to Guise Bay, then to the lighthouse. After a visit, we return, taking a different route after returning to Guise Bay.

Day 4-Hike to Nissen Bight
The other side of Nels Bight is another day's exploration. We hike back out, stopping to explore Hansens Lagoon, on our way to Nissen Bight. This area sees fewer people, and is frequented by bears and wolves. We set up for another day hike the next day.

Day 5-Day Hike to an upland bog lake.
Travelling up from Nissen Bight, we catch the end of the North Coast Trail, stopping for a morning snack at the lake. We return, to pack up and begin the journey back out in the afternoon, returning to either Fisherman's Creek or Eric Lake for the night.

Day 6-Last explorations and the hike out.
This is the last day of the tour. We explore the area of Eric Lake, then pack up to hike out to the parking area, where we load and begin the drive back to civilization. The tour ends with your return to the departure location.

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What's Included

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

West Coast Trail sample menu
  • Transportation from and to the departure location
  • All park fees for the Cape Scott Provincial Park
  • Professional guides
  • All meals (except on travel days)                   SAMPLE MENU
  • tent (shared)
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide

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

  • Hiking Boots
  • Some food (on travel days)
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Backpack (available for rent)
  • 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 Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)-this is the preferred departure location

Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)-commute to Nanaimo required after arrival.

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

Greyhound Canada provides bus service four times a day from Victoria to Nanaimo

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:

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Where to Stay

Naniamo Pick up & Hotels

Pick up: Departure Bay, Duke Pt. Ferry Terminals, or the following Accommodations:

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

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

Vancouver Hotels

If you are arriving in Vancouver and staying there before getting to a pick up location on Vancouver Island, the Accent Inn is close to the aiport.

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

(Our guests may be able to receive a discount at Accent Inn, contact us for details.)

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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.

Hiking Tours:

Item  Cost
Sherpa for Hiking Tours  $2399.00
Backpack Rental  $55.00
Sleeping Bag Rental  $55.00
Thermarest Rental  $20.00
Gaiter Rental  $15.00
Rental Bundle 1-Sleeping Bag+Thermarest+Gaiters or hiking pole  $80.00
Hiking Pole Rental (one)  $7.50
Rental Bundle 2-backpack+gaiters+hiking pole  $76.00
Rental Bundle 3-backpack+sleeping bag+Thermarest  $117.00


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This option is available for those who really want to do this hike, but a normal pack weight would make it a deal breaker. A sherpa can take a large part of the pack weight, but not all. The sherpa also personally assists you along the trail and in camp.
Moderately Strenuous: parts of the walk take place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths), hiking days can be 5 to 7 hours, weather and conditions can significantly increase difficulty.