The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a beautiful coastal hike on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The 47 kilometre trail takes 3 to 4 days to hike but can be done in 1 to 7 days depending on your speed. The trail wanders across beautiful sandy beaches and through lush temperate rainforest and giant cedars.
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Day hike the Juan de Fuca First
If you are new to the area or new to multi-day backpacking. I recommend day hiking one of the trail sections first. Spend a few hours to see what the trail is like and how hard it is. You’ll be more prepared and comfortable to spend 4 days on the trail after spending at least 1. For more see Day Hiking on the Juan de Fuca Trail.
Set up a Tarp First
It rains a lot of the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Juan de Fuca trail runs through a temperate rainforest after all. Carrying a small lightweight tarp does add a bit of weight but makes setting up camp and making meals dry and comfortable. Set the tarp up first then do everything else.More tips for hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail
PureOutside Epic Guide to the Juan de Fuca Trail – Our very own digital guidebook for hiking the Juan de Fuca trail based on experiences of section-hiking, multi-day hiking and running the trail.
Giant Cedars, White Sands: Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Guidebook – A great paper guidebook to the trail first published in 1999.