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The West Coast Trail is much more than a breathtakingly beautiful hike – it is a path through history in the footsteps of the Ditidaht, Pacheddaht, and Huu-ay-aht First Nations, the people who have called this place home for thousands of years and who created many of the hiking trails and paddling routes that make up Pacific Rim National Park. It is also a challenging trek that requires careful preparation and planning.

About the Terrain

  • The terrain is challenging. You must be prepared for slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boulders, and rocky shorelines.
  • You will have to wade through rivers, negotiate steep slopes, climb ladders, and use cable cars.
  • Structures on the trail can be unexpectedly damaged by storms and other natural phenomenon.
  • The climate can change quickly and dramatically. You must be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions.
  • Accidents and injuries do happen. If an accident should occur, it may take up to 24 hours for help to arrive.

Planning your hike

The best place to start planning your adventure is at the Parks Canada website. Parks Canada also provides valuable information on how to reserve your trail pass, what to pack, maps and guides and more. Once you’ve reserved your spot on the trail, don’t forget to book a tent or cabin!