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What Our Guests Say

  • We truly had a fantastic hike! We appreciate all the organizing and coordinating in making it a wonderful time. Thank you for all of your lugging and slugging! It was an unforgettable time!

    --Carol, Carla, Liz, (Ontario) and Sabine (Austria)
  • I also very much appreciated both your help (and patience!). It was definitely an incredible trip and one I won't ever forget.

    --Tracy, British Columbia
  • The guides were very very professional and I felt very safe in terrain which is different from North Yorkshire. They produced meals from those rucksacks which my husband thought I was pulling his leg. We did see some envious looks from fellow campers too.

    --Kate, Scarborough, Great Britain
  • Thank you for an excellent West Coast Trail trip. I really appreciate all your hard work and guiding skills. It is what made the trip so memorable.

    --Kevin, Northwest Territories
  • We had a great time and all the aches and pains were worth it!! By the time we got back to my house we were feeling great. Elaine felt very proud of herself. Anyhow, I think you are amazing guide and I hope we didn't wear you out!

    --Denise and Elaine, Calgary

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The Tour

Southern Vanvouver Island is home to some big trees. Although the logging industry has been a major force in BC, many loggers recognized the majesty of the biggest trees and worked to preserve them when they could. The Port Renfrew area is home to some of the largest trees for several species. The Pacific coast climate makes the incredible growth possible. Without this entire ecosystem, none of the massive temperate rainforest or abundant sea life would be possible: they work hand-in-hand.

This tour is about the abundant, interconnected ecosystem we have on our wonderful Pacific coast, particularly Southern Vancouver Island. Join us for a drive and short hike tour of this magnificent place, where we visit the big, ancient trees and peer into the tide pools on the southwest tip of Vancouver Island. This is a full day tour covering the entire Pacific Marine Circle Route that goes from Victoria to Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan to Cowichan Bay and then returning to Victoria.

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This is our typical itinerary. (Because we are visiting some tide dependent areas, itineraries can change. There are other factors that can affect how a tour actually runs, as well.)

This trip begins in Victoria. We will arrange your pickup before the tour.

Pickup in Victoria will be around 8:00 am. After pickup, we drive to Port Renfrew, stopping briefly in Sooke. Whether we visit the trees first or the tide pools depends on the timing of the low tide. We will arrive in Port Renfrew at about 10:15 am.

Upon arrival, we visit either the Avatar Grove and other trees or Botanical Beach. Each area takes about two hours to visit.

After the first location, we stop in Port Renfrew for lunch at about 12:30.

2:00 pm see us off to the other location, either the trees or beach, whichever was passed over in the morning.

We will complete the sightseeing around 4:00 pm, heading back to Victoria for about 6:30.


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What's Included

Coastal Bliss provides the essential elements of the hike for you:

  • Transportation from and to the departure location
  • All park fees
  • A professional guide and driver
  • Lunch at a local restaurant                   

We can't provide everything. You will have to provide:

  • Good shoes for medium trail conditions (runners are generally ok)
  • Some food (snacks and water)
  • Your transportation to the departure location

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Getting There

Typical pickup location is at the Park and Ride at Helmken, near Highway 1. For visitors to the area, we will provide directions and options for getting there.

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How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience.


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We provide your lunch at a local restaurant. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions.
Moderately Difficult: there may be some stepping over obstacles, and some steep stepping. The trail may be partially developed or incomplete in sections over short distances. Weather and conditions can add some difficulty.