British Columbia's West Coast Trail to remain closed for 2020

For those hoping to get a little isolation along the famed West Coast Trail in British Columbia’s Pacific Rim, there is bad news. Camping along the trail as well as in the Broken Group Islands has been cancelled until April 30, 2021.

“The West Coast Trail remains closed for the 2020 season,” reads a Parks Canada statement. “This closure extends to camping at Keeha Beach, Tapaltos, all other locations in the Cape Beale region and the Nitinaht Triangle.”

For visitors to the area, there are some parts of the park that are now open such as the legendary beaches including Long Beach, Grice Bay, and Wickanninish Beach as well as notable trails such as the Rainforest Trail and the Shoreline Bog Trail. 

There is also limited camping available at Green Point Campground, but many of the amenities such as hot showers will not be available.

West Coast Trail visitors who had already booked travel will be given full refunds by Parks Canada.

For those looking for a multi-day backpacking adventure, Canada offers incredible options beyond the West Coast Trail including the Bruce Trail in Ontario, the Mantario Hiking Trail in Manitoba's Whiteshell Provincial Park, and the Skyline Trail in Jasper. 


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