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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)
  • Thanks again for your support in general and of course it was a great time.

    --Phil, Switzerland
  • 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
  • One of the features that made things easier for us was the pickup and dropoff at the hotel. Not having to rent a car was nice, since it would sit for most of the week anyways, as well as not having to worry about ferry schedules etc.

    --Robert, Ontario
  • 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

The Juan de Fuca Trail was completed about 15 years ago as an extension of the West Coast Trail experience. It was intended to be a bit shorter and less strenuous than the West Coast Trail, but over the years, it has worn itself into a strenuous journey. The Juan de Fuca Trail is accessible by highway all along its route via access trails. This trail is less exposed than the West Coast Trail, so the terrain is a little less varied, but that is hardly noticeable.  The beaches and forest are still magnificent.

The end of the trail, Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, is famous for its tide pools. The abundance of Pacific sea life is available for viewing in this very large tide pool area. The large beach in the middle of the trail, Sombrio Beach, is a beach shared with surfers, which can be very entertaining to watch while kicking back at the end of a day's hike. This beach also has a distinct history. It was a squatter's community for many years until made into a provincial park. The eastern half of the trail is the most difficult, but it is rewarded with some really incredible beaches and coastal views.

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Itinerary

Day 1- Travel Day: Participants meet guides at a specified location in Victoria (point of origin). Following introductions and equipment check the group are transported to the Eastern Trail Head at China Beach. Boots and Packs on and the hike begins: Through the muddy second growth forest, across the suspension bridge and on to Mystic Beach for the first section and the first potential campsite (2 km). Depending upon time and tidal heights the group may push on across several creeks and a tidal dependent section to Bear beach our first campsite (10 km)

Day 2- The most strenuous section of the hike between Bear Beach and Chin beach will be hiked on this day. The challenges include mud, elevation changes up and down creek gullies before making camp at Chin.

Day 3- From Chin the trail heads back into the forest with more elevation gain and numerous creek crossings before one of the trip highlights, the suspension bridge over Loss Creek overlooking the waterfall. The trail continues on through the forest and then over a few tidal obstacles before reaching Sombrio beach. This beautiful campsite area is also a popular day use area and can be an entry or exit point from the trail if necessary.

Day 4- The hike continues as a shoreline hike to Minute Creek, past Kuitshe Cove and onto Parkinson Creek. The old growth forest brings a new feeling to the hike. The campsite at Payzant Creek is the most likely choice for our last night.

Day 5- Travel Day: The group make their way to Botanical Beach and Trail end. It is worth spending some time here exploring the amazing tidal pools and sculpted sandstone shelves. It is just a short distance into Port Renfrew where the group will be met by a bus to transport them back to Victoria.

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What's Included

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

West Coast Trail sample menu
  • Transportation from and to the departure location
  • All park fees for the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
  • Professional guides
  • All meals (except on travel days)                   SAMPLE MENU
  • tent (shared)
  • gear rental options
  • A substantial preparation guide

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

  • Hiking Boots
  • Some food (on travel days)
  • Your transportation to the departure location
  • Accommodation before or after the trip
  • Backpack (available for rent)
  • Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent)

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Getting There

If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return.

You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.

Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)

Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)

Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals.  Tel: 1 250 758-2133

BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
www.bcferries.com/schedules/

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Where to Stay

Victoria Pick up & Airport Hotels
Pick up: Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations near the ferry or airport:

Travelodge Sydney Airport Hotel
Travelodge may offer Coastal Bliss Guests a lower rate per night (ask us for the discount code before you book) and is an easy place for us to pick you up/drop you off before and after your tour with us.
2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC, CA, V8L 1X1
Phone:1 250 656 1176
Fax: 1-250-656-7344
Reservation: 1-866-656-1176
info@airporttravelodge.com
http://www.airporttravelodge.com/

Hotel Zed
Hotel Zed is near downtown Victoria, but not right downtown. It has built up a very good reputation and has reasonable rates. Ask for Coastal Bliss Adventures Special Room Rate when making your reservation.
3110 Douglas Ave. Victoria, BC, CA, V8Z 3K4
Phone:1 250 388 4345 Or 1 800 997 6797
victoria@hotelzed.com
https://www.hotelzed.com


If you are staying in Victoria after the tour, consider these near downtown Victoria accommodations:

The Strathcona Hotel
Address: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C.
Phone: 250.383.7137
Website: http://www.strathconahotel.com/TheHotel.aspx

Ocean Island Inn
Address: 791 Pandora Ave. Victoria BC, Canada
Phone: Toll Free 1.888.888.4180
Website: http://oceanisland.com

Travelodge Victoria
229 Gorge Road East
Victoria, BC V9A 1L1
(250) 388-6611
Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-565-3777
travelodge.com

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Preparing

How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.

Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.

Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready. We've also included a couple of infographics to help you along.

 

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Need Gear?

We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it. 

Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.

Hiking Tours:

Item  Cost
Sherpa for Hiking Tours  $2399.00
Backpack Rental  $55.00
Sleeping Bag Rental  $55.00
Thermarest Rental  $20.00
Gaiter Rental  $15.00
Rental Bundle 1-Sleeping Bag+Thermarest+Gaiters or hiking pole  $80.00
Hiking Pole Rental (one)  $7.50
Rental Bundle 2-backpack+gaiters+hiking pole  $76.00
Rental Bundle 3-backpack+sleeping bag+Thermarest  $117.00

 

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This option is available for those who really want to do this hike, but a normal pack weight would make it a deal breaker. A sherpa can take a large part of the pack weight, but not all. The sherpa also personally assists you along the trail and in camp.
Moderately Strenuous: parts of the walk take place on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths), hiking days can be 5 to 7 hours, weather and conditions can significantly increase difficulty.