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INTRODUCTION

HISTORY  OF THE TRAIL
  

WHO ARE THE TREKKERS?

RESERVATIONS, FEES

ORIENTATION

GETTING THERE   

TOILETS AND PUBLIC PARKING

TIPS BEFORE YOU BEGIN 

TREKKING NORTH TO SOUTH

Map 1    Pachena Bay - The Beginning 
Map 2     Pachena Bay Trailhead - Black River 
Map 3    Black River - Orange Juice Creek 

Map 4    Orange Juice Creek - Klanawa River
Map 5    Klanawa River—Tsuquadra Point

Map 6    Tsuquadra Point—KM  37
Map 7    KM  37—Carmanah Point
Map 8    Carmanah Point—Vancouver Point
Map 9    Vancouver Point—Logan Creek

Map 10    Logan Creek—Camper Bay

Map 11    Camper Bay—Thrasher Cove

Map 12    Thrasher Cove—Gordon River

 

TURNING ON THE HEAT (fire-building tips)

COMFORT INSURANCE (tarp tips)

FOR-WHATEVER-IT'S-WORTH  (tips)

TIDE TABLES

SAFE TREKS
  
FIT BITS (how fit should you be?)    

HYPOTHERMIA 

SUN AND HEAT EXPOSURE 

EQUIPMENT 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT (recipes) 

LIFE ON THE BEACH  (a little useful biology)

TREKKING SOUTH TO NORTH

Map 1    Gordon River—Thrasher Cove 
Map 2    Thrasher Cove—Camper Bay
Map 3    Camper Bay—Logan Creek


CAMPSITE ADVISOR

Map 4     Logan Creek—Vancouver Point
Map 5    Vancouver Point—Carmanah Point 
Map 6    Carmanah Point—KM  37
Map 7    KM  37—Tsuquadra Point 
Map 8    Tsuquadra Point—Klanawa River 
Map 9    Klanawa River—Orange Juice Creek

Map 10    Orange Juice Creek—Black River
Map 11    Black River—Pachena Bay Trailhead
Map 12    Pachena Bay—The End 


TRAVEL CONNECTIONS 

THE BLISTERS AND BLISS TEAM  


Blisters and Bliss  a Trekker's Guide to the West Coast Trail
is a trail guidebook designed to be carried along on the hike and lead from either direction.  The Table of Contents is shown on the left.  Detailed maps accompany all the text.  Numerous, light-hearted cartoons poke fun at all aspects of this world class hike.  A few snippets  from the book are shown below.

HISTORY

OF

THE

TRAIL


Bits and pieces of many of these ships remain strewn along the coast. The huge boiler of the Michigan, that went down in 1893 at Michigan Creek, is still visible at low tide. Anchors, capstans, overturned hulls and unrecognizable "things” from other ships are also common.
unrecognizeable thing
Klanawa River - Tsuquadra Point
Logan Creek to Camper Bay
Camper Bay to Thrasher Cover
APPROXIMATE TREKKING TIME: 2 1/2 TO 3 HOURS
DISTANCE: 7 KM

The trail from Klanawa River to Tsusiat Falls is all inland. There are a lot of steady and not-so-steady climbs. This is the start of some impressive ladders.



The Logan Creek suspension bridge is a masterpiece of engineering. It offers spectacular, if not heart-stopping, views from its centre.

There is a spectacular cave that you can walk through to get around Owen Point provided the tide is below 1.8 metres.
Watch for the sea lions off Owen Point. They can help kill some time if the tides hold you up.

ladders
logan suspension
owen point
FOR-WHATEVER-IT'S-WORTH DEPARTMENT  (tips)

Keep pack weight well under 30% of your body weight.  If you must carry more than this, hire sherpas so you can enjoy the trip.

Tide tables are available free of change at the Parks Canada information centres, located near each trailhead. The tables are for Tofino (a village located on the west coast of Vancouver Island), and one hour must added to the times given to adjust for daylight-saving-time.
 Buy the highest quality food you can afford. Foods containing little or no additives provide a nutritional advantage. Pasta is very versatile, nutritious and an excellent source of carbohydrates. Instead of spaghetti noodles, which are very sharp, try pasta shells. Shells also pack better than bulky macaroni.
weigh scales
tidetables
pizza delivery