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The West Coast Trail

Listed under Walking in British Columbia, Canada.

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The West Coast trail is a challenging 47 mile hike from Port Renfrew to Bamfield on Vancouver Island. The trail began after a shipwreck in 1906 and was made so sailors could have a rescue route from one location to the other. It is now considered, and voted, the “best hike in the world.” Coastal beaches, dense forest, and a cascading waterfalls are a few of the natural beauties you see on the 6 to 10 day hike. But you must have the strength to pull yourself across gorges on cable cars, climb ladders, and cross rivers on fallen logs, all with a hefty backpack strapped on. Rainfall is frequent, but so are sunny days where you can see black bears, and maybe even a pod of orcas in the distance. Good preparation is a necessity because all hikers must bring enough food to last through their journey; although there are two eating places along the way, a crab shack and Chez Monique’s, a famous burger restaurant, which are highly recommended.

Written by  Tara Fuller.

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