FAQ'S ABOUT THE WEST COAST TRAIL

Q: Who should hike the West Coast Trail?
A: Thousands of people hike the West Coast Trail every year, and they bring with them various ages, abilities and hiking experience. Hikers enjoying the 2-3 day West Coast Trail experience from Nitinat Lake will find the trail accessible to most abilities. However, the full trail is definitely meant for hikers who are:
  • Able to walk long distances through rough terrain with a heavy pack  
  • Experienced in multi-day backpacking trips  
  • Prepared to have an isolated wilderness experience
  • Have lots of stamina   
  • Free of recurring knee, back or ankle injuries 
  • Over twelve years old  
Q: What should I bring on my hike?
A: The West Coast Trail requires all the equipment you would expect to need during a backcountry wilderness experience. Comfort Campers on the 2-3 day West Coast Trail experience will need sturdy hiking books, a sleeping bag, rain gear, food and a backpack to carry it all. Hikers on the full trail will also need a tent and other supplies.

Go to Parks Canada website at http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/iv.aspx for a complete list of gear to pack.
Q: How can I prepare for my hike on the West Coast Trail
A: Parks Canada has a number of very helpful tools to help hikers prepare for their trip along the West Coast Trial. This includes a West Coast Trail Preparation Guide. The Guide provides details about hiking the WCT, tips and contact information. The Guide is published annually ahead of the hiking season. You will also find maps and tide tables.

Q: Do I need a reservation to hike the West Coast Trail?
A: To avoid overcrowding, Parks Canada limits the number of hikers during the peak hiking season from June 15 to September 15. Hikers can gain access to the trail by either making a reservation or registering on the standby list or hiking 1/2 the trail by entering/exiting at the Nitinaht half way point. This spot offers more access and less waiting times.

Go to http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/iii.aspx for more information and bookings.

Other Booking Information Links:
Q: How do I get to the trail from the Nitinaht 3rd Entrance?
A: The entry point at Nitinaht Lake is accessible by water taxi from the Nitinaht Lake dock. The boat leaves daily at 9:00AM and returns at 5:00PM.
 
If you are coming from Bamfield or Port Renfrew without a vehicle the West Coast Trail Express will get you to the 3rd Entry Orientation Centre located in the DItidaht Nation General Store. (May-Sept) There is a Motel and Campground available for an overnight stay.

Go to http://www.trailbus.com.  for more shuttle info.
Q: How far are the Comfort Tents from the Water Taxi drop off point?
A: The tent site is at KM30 of the WCT located and is  2.5KM from the Water Taxi drop off point on the north side of the Nitinat Narrows. The 2.5KM hike is on the Trail itself and requires proper footwear and gear. Orientation is required and available at the Visitors' Centre  250-754-3999 prior to boarding the Water Taxi.   

NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL

Comfort and convenience minutes from Windsurfer’s Park. Sleeping rooms and kitchenettes. Check availability or book.
Manager: Jack K Thompson / Phone: (250) 745-3844

NITINAHT LAKE VISITORS CENTRE

Includes Groceries, gas, cafe, and WCT Orientation
Manager: Rachel Mathiassen / Phone: (250) 745-3999

COMFORT CAMPING TENTS AND CABINS

2.5 km hike to premium private campsites near the Nitinaht Lake Narrows. Maximum capacity of 4 people and monitored by Ditidaht Trail Guaridans. 

WINDSURFER'S PARK CAMPING

Rustic camping with picnic tables, fire pits and outhouse facility. Maximum stay of 14 days, monitored daily by Ditidaht Campground staff. Reservations are not accepted.

NITINAHT WILDERNESS CHARTERS

Carl Edgar and family have operated the West Coast Trail Ferry Crossing for over 35 years and offer taxi services to hikers utilizing Nitinaht Lake as the mid-point entrance exit for the West Coast Trail. Daily transport 8:30am to the trail, and 5:30 return. Charters are available