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West Coast Trail Reservations: When and How to Make Them

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May 1 - June 14

  • Unrestricted number of hikers can access the trail.
  • Upon completion of the orientation process, hikers can begin the trail.

June 15 - September 15 (peak hiking season)

  • To avoid overcrowding, Parks Canada limits the number of hikers during the peak hiking season. Hikers can gain access to the trail by either making a reservation or registering on the standby list.
  • Standby List: Hikers can register on the standby list when they arrive at either the Pachena Bay or Gordon River West Coast Trail Information Centre. Occasionally, wait times can be up to two days.
  • When making a reservation, have the following ready:
    • preferred start dates – first choice and alternate dates
    • trailhead you plan to start from
    • number of hikers in your group
    • email address to send confirmation and orientation information to
    • means of payment: Visa, MasterCard or American Express
  • Reservations can be made online or through the Call Centre:
Reservation Service:OnlineCall Centre
Reservation Period: 
March 24 to September 13
  • 24 hours a day
  • 7 days a week
  • 8 am - 6 pm PST
  • 7 days a week
Contact:

Reserve now!

  • 1-877-737-3783 (toll-free within Canada & US)
  • 519-826-5391 (international)
NOTE: New spaces become available for online reservation at 8:00 am PST on March 24.

September 16 - 30

  • Unrestricted number of hikers can access the trail.
  • Upon completion of the orientation process, hikers can begin the trail.

October 1 - April 30

  • Overnight use of trail is closed due to prolonged periods of heavy rain, strong winds, high tides, large waves, and short daylight hours.