Reservations for the West Coast Trail can be made as early as January 11, which is three months earlier than in other years.
Beginning 8:00 am (PST) on January 11, 2016, reservations for the West Coast Trail can be made for any date between May 1 and September 30 through the Parks Canada Reservation Service. Spaces fill quickly, so consider setting up an account prior to January 11. See Resources below for the links.
Pachena Bay/Gordon River Entries
- Hikers can access the trail by either making a reservation or registering on the standby list.
- Per day, 50 spaces are available to hikers with reservations and 10 spaces are available for standby hikers.
- Unused reservation spaces are made available to standby hikers.
- Preferred start dates – first choice and alternate dates;
- Number of hikers in your group;
- Means of payment: Visa, MasterCard or American Express (see our Fees page for information on West Coast Trail fees);
- Access point you plan to start from – Pachena Bay or Gordon River; and
- Email address to send confirmation and orientation information.
- Hikers can register on the standby list when they arrive at either the Pachena Bay or Gordon River West Coast Trail Information Centre. Wait times have on occasion reached two days.
- Reservations for Gordon River and Pachena Bay entries are available online and through the Parks Canada Call Centre up to two days prior to departure.
- Hikers wishing to access the trail at Nitinat (mid-point) will go through the permitting, orientation and payment process at the Ditidaht First Nation Visitor Centre in Nitinat Village.
- Hikers must call to schedule their orientation process in advance as this office is only open by request. Requests can be made as much as one week in advance but no less than 24 hours in advance of the planned arrival time.
- Eight overnight hike spaces are allotted to Nitinat per day, and are available on a first booked, first served basis.
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 (Nitinat Village).
Ferry Fees[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Ferry fees pay for passage across the Gordon River and Nitinat Narrows, a service provided by the Ditidaht and Pacheedaht First Nations throughout the hiking season.
If accessing or exiting the trail from the Nitinat Narrows, the Nitinat Water Taxi fee is $62.50 per person one way, for the service up the lake. Hikers planning to exit the trail at Nitinat can pay this fee at the Pachena, Gordon River and Ditidaht First Nation Visitor Centre. Your proof of payment for the Nitinat Water Taxi is your park permit. Be prepared to show this to the ferry operators.
Hikers accessing the trail from Nitinat Village are not required to pay the $16.00 Nitinat Narrows Ferry Fee, they can request drop off at either the north or south side of the Narrows.
- Times Colonist article on early reservations
- Reservations for the West Coast Trail
- Parks Canada Reservation Service
- Setting up an account