Since the Canadian dollar has fallen in value, the number of hikers on the West Coast Trail has been returning to levels that were seen before 2008. The Great Recession, and the resulting strong Canadian dollar, seems to have had an impact on the numbers of visitors to Vancouver Island, and the trail. Since the dollar has fallen, the numbers hiking the trail have been building. When you add the effects of the dropping dollar and the changes Parks Canada has been making in the park, the hiker numbers has gone up steadily over the last couple of years.
What does this mean to you? It means there is more pressure on your ability to get hiker spaces. Our guided tour spaces are also under pressure. As of December 1, 2016, we have already booked 50% of our spaces on our tours. This is quite early for us, so we know something is really up. If you are wanting to hike the West Coast Trail during the 2017 season, you need to start making your arrangements now. Give us a call at 1-800-896-9525 to learn how easy it is to have a guided tour and the amazing things we do to make your hike a wonderful experience. If you want further information and updates on the West Coast Trail and other hiking and kayaking tours, then click the link below.