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West Coast Trail – The Start

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This post is the first about my hike of the West Coast Trail.

After months of planning with the group, we finally were off and boarded the ferry to Vancouver Island. Arriving on the island around supper time, we stopped for a bite to eat and set out for the 1 and a half hour drive to Port Renfrew where we camped for the evening.

The view from our campsite, which happens to be the end of the West Coast Trail

The view from our campsite, which happens to be the end of the West Coast Trail

We camped by the Gordan River for the night, right across from where we will finish the West Coast Trail. In the morning we caught a shuttle bus to the town of Bamfield. On the bus we saw a deer, the first of many wildlife sightings. The bus was bumpy on the logging roads. If I had to do it all over again I would catch the boat that does whale watching where the whales come so close you can touch it, at least that is the story I am told 🙂

Packing up for the bus

Packing up for the bus

Our Packs

Our Packs

Our first campsite of the trip

Our first campsite of the trip

Our Shuttle Bus approaches

Our Shuttle Bus approaches

We arrived at our Bed and Breakfast finding out that there was some confusion and they thought we were coming the day after. Fortunately nobody was booked for that night and it all worked out. We went to our orientation for the West Coast Trail where we got some helpful tips and some remarks about “if” we would continue on beyond the half way point.

Our Orientation

Our Orientation, where we learn the dangers of cougars and bears

After the orientation the taxi driver showed us the new First Nations administration building and let us know about the town of Bamfield. We stopped at the local store one last time for some food for supper and went back to the B&B. At the B&B we showered and enjoyed the comforts of civilization which we would not see again for a week.

A First Nations Log House

A First Nations Log House

The Bamfield Restaurant and Local Store

The Bamfield Restaurant and Local Store

We packed up our packs for the next day and set the alarm for the next day…

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