Getting Here 


Malachan is the present-day home community of the Ditidaht First Nation. It is located on the shores of Nitinaht Lake, 1 hour from Port Alberni and 1.5 hours from Duncan. Access is along active, dirt logging roads and it is recommended you have a reliable vehicle with a spare tire. Always pull over for logging trucks, ensuring you provide plenty of room for these large vehicles. Take time to stop and enjoy the scenery filled with seasonal elk herds, eagles and plenty of rainforest.

NOTE: Starting in 2016 a shuttle will be available to take hikers to and from the Nitinat Junction located 7km from the 3rd entry point at Nitinat. Reservations can be made on the bookings page. Transport to Pachena Bay or Gordon River from the junction must be made through West Coast Trail Express Bus at http://www.trailbus.com
Directions From:
From Vancouver: Get Directions
From Duncan: Get Directions
From Port Alberni: Get Directions
International access is provided by air to the Vancouver International Airport or the Victoria International Airport

Directions

Nitinaht Lake is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It is about a 150 km drive from Victoria, B.C. which takes about 2 to 3 hours. The first 100 kilometres is main highway which takes a little over an hour. 

If you're driving from Victoria take Trans Canada Highway 1 to Duncan and just past the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn you'll follow the signs to Highway 18 and Lake Cowichan. Take a left onto Highway 18 and follow the signs to Lake Cowichan.
 
When you're close to Lake Cowichan you will have a choice of which side of Lake Cowichan to drive. 

Theses instruction take you through the town of Youbou so stay to your right and follow the signs to Youbou (15 minutes) which is where you will drive through the town and the pavement will eventually end . Stay on your right and travel the final 50 kms on the main gravel road which take about an hour.
The best speed to drive the logging road is at 50 to 60 km/hr. Make sure your spare tire is in good shape and it's inflated. Also by aware the road is an ACTIVE LOGGING ROAD.

Once you're on the logging road you'll see a few little signs with arrows to Carmanah Provincial Park and Nitinaht.
Stay on this main gravel road to the end of the (Cowichan) Lake where you will see Heather Campsite. Stay right and follow this road for 20 minutes or so until you get to a major T-Junction. You will then see the signs. If you take the right you'll end up in either Bamfield or Port Alberni so take the left road and in about 10 minutes you'll be at the village of Nitinaht. Drive SLOWLY and you will see the motel and the Visitors' Centre on your right. For additional driving directions please see Directions from Duncan  
  

Nitinaht Lake Motel: Comfort and convenience next to the Nitinaht General Store and 10 minutes walk tom the water taxi dock. Sleeping rooms and kitchenettes from $120 per night. To check availability please contact us or  check out our packages.  
Comfort Camping: Premium canvas tent campsites with wood stoves and decks 2.5km from the Nitinaht Narrows. Maximum capacity of 4 people and monitored by Ditidaht Trail Guardians. Check availability or book. 
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 but we will do our best to find you a spot while booking your Comfort Camping trip.
Tsusiat Tour Company offers you flexibility and comfort with its 24ft Silverstreak enclosed passenger vessel ready at your convenience. Perfect for corporate retreats, school outings or a romantic getaway Custom packages up to 14 people. Contact us with your requirements.
Nitinaht Wilderness Charters: Carl Edgar and family have operated the West Coast Trail Ferry Crossing for over 35 years and offer water taxi services to hikers utilizing Nitinaht Lake as the mid-point entrance and exit for the West Coast Trail.  

From Port Alberni:

Nitinaht Lake is 80 km southeast of Port Alberni past the Nitinat Hatchery. Leaving Port Alberni, follow the gravel road towards Bamfield.  At Franklin Camp, follow signs  towards Nitinat Lake. The Hatchery is located on the right hand side of the road, at the confluence of the Big and Little Nitinat Rivers but you will continue on the main road another 10km passed a T junction. The Nitinat River will be on your right. Continue on for another 7km and you will see signs to the Village.
The Motel will be on your right just before the Visitors' Centre.
 
YOU'RE THERE !
    

From Duncan:

     
Heading north on the Trans Canada Highway passed the Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn follow the signs to Highway 18 and Lake Cowichan. You'll take the next left at the stop lights. If heading south you'll take a right passed the North Cowichan Municipal Hall onto Highway 18 and then drive 23km to the Youbou/Lake Cowichan Junction.
At this point stay to your right and follow the signs to Youbou where you will drive another 15km through the town and to the end of the pavement where you will see the "End of Public Road" sign. Stay on your right on the main gravel road and travel another 18km around the lake (Cowichan Lake) to Heather Campsite and the sign to the Nitinaht Lake Motel - 25km.
From this point to the main "T" junction is 18km. At the junction make a left and travel the final 7km to Nitinaht Lake. Follow the signs to the Motel. You will see Nitinaht Lake on your right and you will soon be on paved road. Stay to your left and you will see the Community Centre, Motel and General Store.
   
 
Welcome to Nitinaht !
 
The best speed to drive the logging road is at 50 to 60 km/hr. Make sure your spare tire is in good shape and it's inflated. Also by aware the road is an ACTIVE LOGGING ROAD
     
      

      

     

From Vancouver:

After catching the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay you'll find yourself in Nanaimo. From Nanaimo head south to Duncan on Highway 1 (TCH).  
Take a right passed the North Cowichan Municipal Hall onto Highway 18 and then drive 23km to the Youbou/Lake Cowichan Junction.

At this point stay to your right and follow the signs to Youbou where you will drive another 15km through the town and to the end of the pavement where you will see the "End of Public Road" sign. Stay on your right on the main gravel road and travel another 18km around the lake (Cowichan Lake) to Heather Campsite and the sign to the Nitinaht Lake Motel - 25km.

From this point to the main "T" junction is 18km. At the junction make a left and travel the final 7km to Nitinaht Lake. Follow the signs to the Motel. You will see Nitinaht Lake on your right and you will soon be on paved road. Stay to your left and you will see the Community Centre, Motel and General Store.
Welcome to Nitinaht !
 
The best speed to drive the logging road is at 50 to 60 km/hr. Make sure your spare tire is in good shape and it's inflated. Also by aware the road is an ACTIVE LOGGING ROAD.