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The North Coast Trail is nature on a massive scale.

Cable Cars on the North Coast Trail.

One of the many amazing vantage points on the North Coast Trail

Trapped by the tide, waiting for the water to recede so we can get around the headland.

Picking huckleberries on the trail

One of the many stairs on the trail.

Walking at Guise Bay which is actually part of the Cape Scott Trail which connects with the North Coast Trail.

Stream crossing on the trail.

Climbing up from the water's edge

Climbing ropes are placed along the trail for your convenience.

The wildlife on the trail is abundant. There are also lots of wolves, bears and cougars that call the trail home.

Relaxing on a pebble beach. On this particular trip, we were sponsored in part by the clothing company, Arc'Teryx.

Tearing through the trail testing out our Arc'Teryx Gear

Wildlife, including wolves, bears, cougars and whales are abundant in this region. Chances are really good that you will observe some big fauna on this trek.

The wild north coast with a low tide at sunset. The intertidal life is amazing.

View up into the canopy of the magical forests of the North Coast Trail.

Momma bear with her two cubs on the North Coast Trail

One of our campsites on a spectacular beach.

Fog rolling in on the coast.

Taking time to relax

Taking the chill off the night with a roaring fire.

North Coast Trail 

The North Coast Trail is Vancouver Island’s latest trail. It runs across the northern top of Vancouver Island. Last year I did an amazing trip with mbguiding.ca (Mike Blake Guiding) and we had a blast. So much so, that we’re doing the trip again this year. You can check out the various z. There’s also some good stuff here. And if you want a really cool virtual tour of the North Coast Trail and the Cape Scott Trail which connect to each other, click here. I love the audio on these virtual hikes; it’s about as real as you can get without actually stepping foot on the trail itself.

If you are keen to have a really wild and rugged wilderness experience on Vancouver Island, the North Coast Trail and to lesser extent The Cape Scott Trail are two absolute gems to explore. Seriously, for two nights in a row, we went to sleep to the sound of whales breathing just offshore. The place is that wild.

On our trip, we were co-sponsored by the clothing company, Arc’Teryx. Our goal was to test and photograph their gear in action on this trip. Their gear was hands-down awesome.

I’ve had the good fortune to hike a number of coastal trails on Vancouver Island but the North Coast Trail is my favourite, primarily because it is so wild and remote. But it’s worth the visit if you can take 5-7 days to explore a natural marvel.

Have an awesome summer outdoors.

Bye for now.

Gordon Ross