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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2018, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Default West Coast Trail - transport from Tofino to Nitinaht

Hi Everyone,

Currently putting together the final touches to an exped to Vancouver Island in June this year. We will be kayaking in Tofino prior to joining the WCT at the midway point. I'm really struggling to find the best/most economical means to travel from Tofino through to Nitinaht Village.

Can anyone suggest a solution to my dilemma?

Thanks in anticipation,

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2018, 02:22 PM
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West Coast Express is the only one I know of who services Nitnat Village. In the Summer they have a daily departures from Nanaimo, Port Renfrew or Bamfield. Although it looks like they use a third company to get you from Nanaimo to Cowichan Lake. Nanaimo is probably your best bet as you can get there on the Tofino Bus All Island Express. Still that's going to be 3 busses to get from Tofino to Nitnat across 2 days (Tofino Bus All Island Express gets into Nanaimo after the West Coast Express Departs)

Otherwise its taxi's (expensive) or car rentals.

BTW, do you have your WCT bookings? Reservations have been open for a few weeks and I know they go fast (although Nitnat isn't as popular an entry point)
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2018, 02:27 AM
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There is a boat out of Port Alberni that services both Ucluelet and Bamfield


I'm not sure if they do a direct trip between the 2 but worth inquiring? From there you could take the West Coast Trail Express to Nitnat
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-10-2018, 08:12 PM
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If everything you're carrying is on your back then hitch hiking isn't a bad option. That area is filled with backpacker friendly people who will stop for you. Obviously it's not the safest option. Another option is local taxi services that can at least get you to a West Coast Trail Express pickup point. You'll be able to figure it out once you get there.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input folks.
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