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North Coast Trail

Vancouver Island

The West Coast Trails Wild Sibling

Hiking Difficult

61 km
1.5 km
1.5 km
1 day +
Low Point
-1 m
High Point
236 m
North Coast Trail Map

The standard route involves drop off at Shushartie Bay by water taxi. From there it's a muddy, heavily rooted climb across the Shushartie overland, then down to the beaches. The route follows the coast from here popping in and out of woods. There are several campsites along specific beaches with food storage facilities and vault toilets. The trail links up with the Cape Scott Trail towards it's western end. Five to six days are the most common trip lengths.



Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between July and August


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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