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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-07-2018, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I'm looking for advice on the best campsites to stop at.

My initial idea for my trip is:

Saturday: Travel in the AM to the BC Ferry from Tsawassen to Victoria (Schwartz Bay)
Visit some touristy places in Victoria, plus some WCT related places on Vancouver Island.

Sunday: Orientation in the morning, then immediately ferry across the Gordon River to start the WCT!

CAMPING


Sunday night: Thrasher Cove
Monday night: Camper OR Cullite
Tuesday Night: Walbran Creek
Wednesday night: Carmanah Creek
Thursday night:
Friday night: Tsusiat Falls
Saturday night: Tsusiat Falls
Sunday night: Darling River

Monday: Hike out to Bamfield, catch the WCT Trail Bus back to the start, drive back to catch the BC Ferry at Schwartz Bay, and get home to my sweet sweet bed!
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The advice I'm looking for is for Monday night, which campsite is better?

Also, I'm looking to stay an extra night at one of my stops, other than Tsusiat Falls. Open to any campsite either already listed or a new one. Likely would prefer to stay put rather than hiking and setting up an extra campground.


Thanks for your input in advance!

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While we didn't stay at Cullite (we hiked from Campers to Walbran the second day), from what we saw, I would recommend Campers over Cullite (I really liked Campers). We then hiked from Walbran to Cribbs (sand there was extremely fine and got into everything)


While Tsusiat Falls was nice (we were in a low water year so the falls weren't as spectacular as I've heard), it was a very different crowd. You'll find many folks that hike in from Bamfield for a few days and then back out. There were more partiers, louder and more crowded. If I had to stay somewhere for a zero day, I'd consider Bonilla Point
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If I had to stay somewhere for a zero day, I'd consider Bonilla Point
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What was it about Bonilla Point that made it nice, and what is a "zero day"?
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Two questions:

What was it about Bonilla Point that made it nice, and what is a "zero day"?

I found Bonilla point to be a very scenic area and could see it as a neat area to explore.


A zero day is a rest day on the trail (where you advance 0 km), some people sit around, others do day hikes
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While the obvious choice for Thursday is Cribbs, we were coming the other way and ran out of steam at Dare Creek around Km40. It's not an official campground, but with a proper bear hang there are some nice spots there and a good source of water. It makes the hike to Tsusiat a bit shorter too as that is your longest day distance wise, and it is a nice area, partially why Km36-38 got overcamped and are currently no camp zones (this doesn't seem to extend to Dare). Also a lot of bear activity around 36-38.
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While the obvious choice for Thursday is Cribbs, we were coming the other way and ran out of steam at Dare Creek around Km40. It's not an official campground, but with a proper bear hang there are some nice spots there and a good source of water. It makes the hike to Tsusiat a bit shorter too as that is your longest day distance wise, and it is a nice area, partially why Km36-38 got overcamped and are currently no camp zones (this doesn't seem to extend to Dare). Also a lot of bear activity around 36-38.
I haven't ever heard of Dare Creek anywhere! Where did you find out about it?
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We didn't. We just got there, was late in day, saw a nice sandy beach where previous people had camped, found a good source of water, looked at the trail ahead, and decided to stay. No regrets, no noisy neighbours, just the occasional late hiker pushing through to Cribbs. You can see Dare Beach on the WCT map and make out the creek at Km40. We had 35*+ dry weather all week and the creek had decent water in it still.

To be honest, aside from Thrasher we always had the option of camping a bit away from everyone. Tsusiat Falls and Michigan Creek we had neighbours close but still enough space that we weren't crowded, and all other stops we were able to set up in secluded spots.
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