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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-18-2018, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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D'oh.. Wanted to do this in early July with my son, but by the time I went to reserve it was all booked up.

So now I can either do the JDF trail, which I haven't done (did the WCT once already with my oldest), or hang around the WCT trailhead office and hope to get in on standby.

Do you just stand outside the office before they open (9am?) and the 1st 2 people in line get on (just 2 spots per trailhead per day, right?)?

What has been everybody's luck with this?

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Or you could plan for both, try for the WCT on standby, and reroute to the JDF if no open spots.

If you plan for WCT South-to-North and also JDF from North-to-South, the starting points are only a few km apart.
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Yup, that's true..


Looks like the parking situation is bad for the JDF, as far as break-ins, though..


Liked that there was more-or-less secure parking for a fee with the WCT.
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I've heard that they are allowing all spots for the WCT to be advance booked this year, meaning you're pretty much waiting for a last minute cancellation or no-show
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Kelly,

All spots are available to be booked in advance starting at 8am on Jan 8, 2018, and for the full length hikes:

Of 3720 spots available in July/August, 3701 were booked within 60 hours, and the 19 remaining spots were all solos.

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All spots are available to be booked in advance starting at 8am on Jan 8, 2018, and for the full length hikes:

Of 3720 spots available in July/August, 3701 were booked within 60 hours, and the 19 remaining spots were all solos.

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Not surprised. When I looked last, there were still some spots available coming in at Nitnat, but I wouldn't be surprised if those go quickly


Jasper Skyline was similar, I logged on 15 min after reservations opened and already several weekends were gone. The John Muir trail in Yosemite had requests for permits jump from 14,000 in 2015 to 29,000 in 2016 (not sure what the 2017 numbers are). All of the iconic trails are getting more and popular with each passing year.
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Not surprised. When I looked last, there were still some spots available coming in at Nitnat, but I wouldn't be surprised if those go quickly


Jasper Skyline was similar, I logged on 15 min after reservations opened and already several weekends were gone. The John Muir trail in Yosemite had requests for permits jump from 14,000 in 2015 to 29,000 in 2016 (not sure what the 2017 numbers are). All of the iconic trails are getting more and popular with each passing year.
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If it's like the Bowron Lakes PP, then they scare you in to spending as much money as possible to reserve.
I do believe they all have to allow a certain percentage of "drop in" visitors.

Email them for confirmation but I'm sure this is the case.
You'll be in within 24hrs.
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I was told by a park ranger that standbys usually get on pretty quickly, with no more than a one day wait. If you're one or two people, this might work fine. groups not so. With the advance booking, I'd bet there will be a larger percentage of cancellations than usual. I'd bet more people booked "in the heat of the moment" than normal.
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I was told by a park ranger that standbys usually get on pretty quickly, with no more than a one day wait. If you're one or two people, this might work fine. groups not so. With the advance booking, I'd bet there will be a larger percentage of cancellations than usual. I'd bet more people booked "in the heat of the moment" than normal.
This is what I got from my email to them :




Hello

Unfortunately, no, there are no standby spots and no list.

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From: dougz <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Date: 18/02/2018 10:33 AM
Subject: Stand by on WCT



Hi!

Just want to ask whether there are 2 standby spots per trailhead per day for the WCT?

Do we just show up when the trailhead office opens (9am?) and put our names on the standby list?


Thanks!
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Wow, dougz, that's a first.
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Wow, dougz, that's a first.

Sounds like it.. Anyone have a Blisters and Bliss 2017?

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Wow, dougz, that's a first.
Apparently this the first year they've switched to an "all bookable" model. It's similar for all online backcountry reservations for Parks Canada now. There are no "walk on" spots held back anymore
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Hi Doug,

I have a Blisters and Bliss 8th Edition. 9th comes out next month. Why do you ask?
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So what does Parks do with the spaces left by the no show spots, I wonder?
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