What are the west coast trail orientation sessions?

All overnight users of the West Coast Trail participate in an orientation session and obtain a WCT Overnight Use Pemit,

Orientation sessions are offered at 9:30AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:30 PM at both WCT Information Centres.

The purpose of the orientation is to:

    reduce the number of hiker injuries by addressing common safety issues;
    reduce environmental impacts by providing backcountry etiquette information;
    • provide information about current issues and trail conditions;
    provide a brief history of the West Coast Trail and its place in Canada’s heritage;
    issue the WCT Overnight Use Permits and collect fees.
    answer questions.

Quick Notes:

    Reservations are not necessary for orientation sessions.
    The orientation process takes about 1½ hours.
    Hikers may register and participate in an orientation session as early as 3:30 PM the day before their hike starts.
    We strongly recommend hikers start the trail a minimum of 5 hours before sunset to ensure a camping area is reached before nightfall.
    If your party will arrive after 1:00pm on the reserved start date you must contact the WCT Information Centre nearest their starting trailhead to prevent their reserved spaces from being given to hikers on stand-by.

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