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 Duncan: Get Directions
From Port Alberni: Get Directions
From Vancouver: Get Directions
International access is provided by air to the Vancouver International Airport or the Victoria International Airport.

NITINAHT LAKE MOTEL

Comfort and convenience minutes from the Visitor’s Centre. 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
Phone: (250) 745-3509

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 be 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