Poll: Any BC travel plans?
Castanet Staff – Mar 27, 2021 / 11:20 am | Story: 329289
Photo: DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST
The West Coast Trail, which closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will reopen to overnight Canadian visitors this summer, much to the delight of businesses that rely on tourists drawn to the 75-kilometre trek each year.
Parks Canada, along with the Huu-ay-aht, Pacheedaht and Ditidaht First Nations, announced Friday that the trail will open from June 4 to Sept. 30.
All three access points — Bamfield (Pachena Trailhead), Port Renfrew (Gordon River Trailhead) and Nitinaht Village — will be available.
Reservations will open at 8 a.m. on April 30 and are required for all visitors, as no spaces will be offered on stand-by. Only Canadians can access the trail this summer.
Karl Ablack, vice-president of the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, called the announcement “fabulous” news for his community.
“It’s gonna be a really big thing for the tourism sector,” he said. “Obviously, that’s a significant driver of revenue into Port Renfrew.
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