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West Coast Trail

The West Coast Trail is a 75 km trek through old growth forest and along the sea shore. Created a hundred years ago as a rescue route for shipwreck survivors, it now offers hikers a close connection with the biology and terrain of Canada's rugged west coast.

Most overnight hiking trips range from five to eight days with campsites dotted along the trail map. Cable cars, ladders, bridges and boardwalk make the trek a reasonably straight forward hike for the fit.

Highlights include hiking on sea shelf, old growth forests like the Carmanah and Walbran, meeting First Nations interpreters and ferry operators (Nitinat Narrows), wildlife, light houses and countless stunning views of the Pacific.

Begin in either Port Renfrew or Bamfield. I recommend starting in Port Renfrew and getting the more difficult sections out of the way first.

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Taken on August 13, 2006