West Coast Trail - Transportation Options
My group of four is trying to figure out what our best option is for transportation. The shuttles seem super expensive and inconvenient, so I'd prefer to do a car drop. Only issue with a car drop is that we would then have to drive back to the other trailhead to drop that car's owners off, before heading back to Nanaimo. We are hiking South to North, so basically, we'd be looking at driving 2.5 hours back to Gordon River to drop the other two off, and then another 3.5 hours back to Nanaimo after multiple long days of hiking.... but frankly, a multi-hour shuttle bus ride that costs $90 a head doesn't sound much more appealing!!
I learned today that there is a boat option as well? Like, we could drop a car at Pachena Bay, take our orientation there, and then hop on a boat at 1:00 PM over to Gordon River? (We would do that the day before we are set to beging our hike if we went with this option). It's $99 a person from what I read, but does anyone know where I would find out if this is still an option and, if so, what the current schedule and rates are? The guide I found that info in is from 2009. Of all the options, that one sound the most pleasant.