Hiking the West Coast of Vancouver Island
by Tim Leadem (Greystone Books)
© Tim Leadem/Greystone Books. All Rights Reserved.
Went with three others (two couples) on this hike last week. Was really great. If it has rained before (which it had) would STRONGLY recomend wearing good waterproof boots, and taking walking sticks (or manufacturing them once there from wood). Some really sludgy sections. We didnt see any bears or cougars (we did see some bear pooh) but did see seals, otters, squirrels and other lovable animals. Campsites are all on really nice settings, quite basic, but thats what we wanted. My favourite capsite was in Chin Ceach.
We did the trail in four days and three nights, and it just involved one 'heavier' hiking day (the other days were around 10km each). We were averaging a pace of about 3km per hour (were quite young and overtook most groups and families).
At the end we went to a pub called the Port Renfrew hotel to celebrate and have a warm meal and beer. The shuttle never turned up to collect us.
The trip, in a nutshell, was great, would be eager to repeat it, or move on to the West Coast trail.
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