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West Coast Trail Gordon River trail head

Photos left to right - (1) From the trailhead at Thrasher Cove, Gordon River mouth looking up the San Juan River.
(2) Looking at Thrasher Cove (km/mile 1) and Butch Jack Ferry Service at Gordon River.
(3) View of San Juan Bay from Pacheedaht First Nations Reserve on the beach.

The West Coast Life Saving Road from Bamfield to Shelter Bight was built by the Department of Marine during 1900, 1910 and part of 1911. The trail from Shelter Bight to Nitinat River was built in late 1911, and completed to Clo-oose in 1912. image of Grey Whales along the West Coast Trail
Gray Whales

The Eastern Pacific herd ranges from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean. They start their journey north in early February. Moving in small pods they cover about 60 km a day feeding close to the coastline til they reach their summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean. October signals the final 8,000 km return journey to the south where birth and mating is repeated.

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Owens Point km 67

Owens Point km 67

This cave on the beach is 10 km from the trailhead. The beach is only passable at tides below 6 feet (1.8 m). Hikers should check their tide tables for beach access.

Logan Creek

Logan Creek Ladder km 56

Coming off Logan Creek suspension bridge. It spans 60 feet above the creek and is 300 feet accross. It is a single plank 1 foot wide.

Logan Creek

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Old Bridge at Adrenelin Creek km 55

The WCT is a wilderness trail with the reputation of being one of the most grueling treks in North America. It is isolated, strenuous, physically demanding and potentially hazardous. Hiking the WCT demands stamina and expertise in hiking and backcountry camping skills. You are required to wade rivers, use cable cars, negotiate steep slopes, climb ladders and follow an irregular, slippery trail.



A tent and tarp with waterproof fly is absolutely necessary and appropriate clothing to keep you comfortable. A person must be able to quickly prepare hot meals and drinks.

Carmanah Light House

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Carmanah Lighthouse km 44

In the distance. Built in 1890. There are two families living here at the lighthouse and are employed by the Coast Guard. They report weather, answer distress signals and assist with hiker rescues and other emergency situations. Communications are via VHF radio channel 16 and 22.

Klanawa cable car

Klanawa Cable Car - km 23

Twenty three km from Pachenna Bay This is a typical cable car crossing. Cable cars require close attention. Keeping fingers, hands and hair away from the pulleys. Only two people (and their gear) per cable car. Platforms can be very slippery, and used with caution. To enter you use a rope to pull the car towards you, holding the car steady while you load your gear, then carefully enter and stay seated. To cross the river, let the rope go and gravity will move the car down the rope to the middle of the river. You must then pull the rope hand-over-hand to reach the platform on the other side.

Thrasher Cove stairs

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Thrasher Cove Stairs

Assume all walking and climbing surfaces are slippery at all times, and especially during damp or rainy periods.

Killer Whales

Killer Whales

Killer Whales or Orcas are the largest members of the Dolphin family. Large males can reach 30 feet and way up to 9 tons. There are three different groups of Killer Whales on the west coast. Transients, Residence, and Offshores.

Banilla Point Light House

Pachena Bay Information / Registration Centre
Phone/Fax: (250) 728-3234
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 1 to Oct. 5
Gordon River Information / Registration Centre
Phone: (250) 647-5434
Fax: (250) 647-0016
Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., May 1 to Oct. 5
Park Administration Office
2185 Ocean Terrace Road
P.O. Box 280, Ucluelet, BC V0R 3A0
Phone: (250) 726-7721 (year-round)
Internet: pacriminfo@pch.gc.ca
Long Beach Information Centre
Phone: (250) 726-4212 (June - September)

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Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and information on the West Coast Trail are available at Port Renfrew Online and the Parks Link and West Coast Trail Information web site.

Copyright - The information and text on this page is © Parks Canada.

The pictures thruout this page were provided by the Warden Station Port Renfrew. These folks are the ones that monitor the trail during the open and closed season, maintanence sections of the trail, and also provide and assist search and rescue to hikers injured along the trail . They are also a great bunch of people who I, (the guy who constructed this page) had the greatest pleasure of meeting with, talk stories with, and went thru their photo albums with so this could happen. Thanks to all of you who helped make this page possible at Parks Canada.
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