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West Coast Trail Reservations: When and How to Make Them
West Coast Trail Reservations: When and how to make them

Pachena Bay, Gordon River and Nitinaht Entries

  • Hikers can access the trail by either making a reservation or registering on the standby list.
  • Unused reservation spaces are made available to standby hikers.
NOTE: The reservation system will open at 8:00 am PST on January 9, 2017.
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When making a reservation, have the following ready:

  • preferred start dates - first choice and alternate dates;
  • the number of hikers in your group;
  • the names and emergency contacts for hikers;
  • means of payment: Visa, MasterCard or American Express (see our Fees page for information on West Coast Trail fees);
  • the access point you plan to start from - Pachena Bay, Gordon River or Nitinaht; and
  • an email address to send confirmation and orientation information.

Standby list

  • Hikers without reservations and wishing to start on either the Pachena Bay or Gordon River trailhead, can register on a standby list in person. Registering on the standby list does not guarantee a same day or next day start.
  • As all spaces on the West Coast Trail are reservable, wait times for standby hikers can be considerable.
  • Reservations for Gordon River, Pachena Bay and Nitinaht entries are available online and through the Parks Canada Call Centre up to two days prior to departure.

Permits & passes

Overnight visitors to the West Coast Trail (WCT) must pay a fee to acquire a WCT Overnight Use Permit.

These fees help support the cost of operating the WCT (e.g., rescue services, information services, construction of ladders, cable cars, boardwalks and bridges).

Permits and passes are issued at the Parks Canada WCT Information Centres (Gordon River and Pachena Bay) and at the Ditidaht First Nation Visitor Centre and store (Nitinaht Village).

Ferry fees

Ferry fees pay for passage across the Gordon River and Nitinaht Narrows, a service provided by the Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations throughout the hiking season.

If accessing or exiting the trail from the Nitinaht Narrows, the Nitinaht Water Taxi fee is $62.50 per person one way, for travel up the lake. Hikers planning to enter or exit the trail at Nitinaht can pay this fee directly to the water taxi operator.

Cancellation policy

  • A non-refundable reservation fee is applicable when making a reservation through the Parks Canada Reservation Service.
  • WCT Overnight Use Permits are eligible for refund up to 21 days or more before the hike start date. A cancellation fee per booking applies.
  • Refunds for unused ferry services are available at the WCT Information Centres and Ditidaht First Nation Visitor Centre.