Last modified: Mon May 19 15:14:09 MDT 2003
Here I've collected some information which might be useful to people who
want to do the trail...
Information on the Internet:
Canadian Parks Services:
- Pacific Rim National Park: for reservations
for the trail, phone the PRNP reservation office at 728-1282. Reservations
can be made from 1 March for the following season. For up-to-date information
on the WCT, phone the PRNP headquarters at 726-7721.
- Trail Information Center: located at
the trailhead in Port Renfrew, this is the place for the latest information
on trail conditions and transport. This is also where you pick up your
Backcountry Permit. The Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily between
May 1 and September 30 and can be phoned at 647-5434.
Guides and Books:
- The West Coat Trail and Nitinat Lakes: A
Trail guide by the Sierra Club of Western Canada. Revised and edited
by Tim Leadem. ISBN 1-55054-017-3.
A very good guide with detailed trail information (going the trail south
to north) and maps for the whole trail and the Nitinat Lakes (good place
- Other guide-books:
- Blisters and Bliss by David Foster and Wayne Aikens (Cloudcap
- Pacific Rim Explorer by Bruce Obee (Whitecap Books, North Vancouver)
I don't know any of these but I've seen Blisters and Bliss once
and it seemed to be quite good (and funny).
- Timeless Shore, Canada's West Coast Trail by George Allen
(Bayeux, Calgary). ISBN 1-896209-06-8. A great picture book and trail report
by a guy who has done the trail 8 times (maybe more by now). 55 superb
color pictures, a history of the trail and a trail description make this
book a good souvenir (it can be bought at Pachena Pt. Lighthouse).
- Victoria Backpacker's Hostel, 1418
Fernwood Rd., tel. 386-4471, offers dorm beds and private rooms for
a very good price. Nice atmosphere, nice people, also good source of information
about the WCT and the area in general. You're sure to meet people there
who just did the trail.
Please note: Some of the information (especially phone numbers
and times) may not be up to date. I am not responsible for anything concerning
this information. If you have any more accurate information, please feel
free to contact me
to the Overview.