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North Coast Trail - Vancouver Island

  • Aug 23, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Signing up early for this event may not guarantee you a spot, you still need to be an active member with the group and a good fit with everyone else going.  We will do our best though:)

This is what the West Coast trail used to look like circa 1970.

The 43.1 km trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park runs along beaches and in forest around the northern tip of Vancouver Island from Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight. At Nissen Bight it links up with an existing 15 km trail which leads to the trailhead at San Josef River. The trail is in a wilderness area and hikers may see deer, elk, black bears, cougars, wolves, sea birds, seals, sea lions, grey whales and sea otters. In two failed attempts, Danish pioneers tried to settle the area at the turn of the twentieth century and the trail incorporates some of their original routes


Rating: Moderate

Distance: 59.5 kms

Elevation gain: 243 m



Each memeber must bring the necessary gear as per the Backpacking Checklist:


ITINERARY (preliminary):

An alternative to driving would be to fly to Campbell River and then go to cape Scott, this would save 1 day going and one day return.  ~$450 return for flight.

We could combine Day

Day 1 - Calgary to Vancouver

971 kms, 11 hours

Day 2 - Vancouver to Port Hardy

464 kms, 7 hours

Day 3 - Shushartie Bay Campsite to Skinner Creek Campsite

We start the trail here, 8.1km – 5 to 7 hours

Day 4 - Skinner Creek Campsite to Cape Sutil Campsite

7.9km – 3.5 to 5.5 hours

Day 5 - Cape Sutil Campsite to Irony Creek Campsite (Shuttleworth Bight)

7.8km – 4 to 6 hours

Day 6 - Irony Creek (Shuttleworth Bight) Campsite to Laura Creek Campsite

11.8km – 4 to 7 hours

Day 7 - Laura Creek Campsite to Nissen Bight

7.5km – 2.5 to 4 hours

We will use the rest of the day to explore Cape Scott Point

Day 8 - Nissen Bight to Cape Scott Trailhead

15.4km – 5 to 7 hours, we end the trail here



Backcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per adult/night, no reservations are required ahead of time . Paid in cash only at the self-registration booths located at either trailhead or online registartion






You must sign a trip waiver and contact information form to attend this event. The event organizer will have this for you.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Will and I left ciders and pops (total of 14) for everyone at the hostel before we left. Anyone got a chance to drink when arrived?

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Mark J.

      To be fair, the managers did look a little hungry :)

      1 · September 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can't believe this!! :(

      September 6, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    Thanks Hung for organizing the trip this year, none of us would have made it without your hard work....time to get you drunk on Saturday! And fuck you noseeum, so itchy for days! Jen and I wine toured on the way home, bought 26 bottles, almost went dry on this trip, don't want that to happen again....

    3 · September 3, 2013

  • David w.

    Sometimes it's the journey and not the destination. Thanks guys for the companionship, liquor sharing and fun. See you all soon.

    And a big F U to noseeum and mud!

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Josh

      And sometimes it's about drinking 20L of alcohol and doing the trail in just over half the recommended time, just to spite the "trail guides".

      4 · September 3, 2013

  • Mark J.

    Hi Trevor,

    Megan Myers and I are both wanting to do this. I didn't put +1 but if either her or I are on the list then we could assume it's +1 as we'll be going together.



    April 17, 2013

    • Trevor B.

      Mark, we shall see where this progresses to over the next couple days.

      April 17, 2013

    • Josh

      Mark, can u and Megan let me know what your plan is re the Saturday nanaimo pickup?[masked]-3827. Thanks

      July 19, 2013

  • Hung D.

    Hey gang I need the 165 deposit to [masked] to reserve the transportation to the trail head and back. You can cancel 7 days prior to departure.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Brad

      I just sent you the money from Alana and I let me know when you receive it

      April 22, 2013

    • Hung D.

      Thanks brad I received the money. Fyi, future payments I prefer email money transfer, I don't have to wait 5-7 business days.

      April 22, 2013

  • Hung D.

    Hey gang I was looking over trip reports and found one that you should read.

    April 20, 2013

  • Danny

    Out of town

    April 18, 2013

  • Danny

    Out of town

    April 18, 2013

  • Trevor B.

    Hung has worked some magic and we now have transportation for 15 at the trail, woot woot!! We shall add as many people as we can! Please update your RSVP if you can no longer make it.

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • Kelsey

    Sweet!! I may be interested!

    March 1, 2013

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