Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah on the West Coast TrailThe gap between official West Coast Trail campsites is quite large after Tsusiat Falls at 25k. The next campsite heading south is at Cribs Creek at 42k, followed by Carmanah Creek at 46k. Fortunately much of the trek is fairly easy as you hike along the beach for 4 kilometres, then inland for a couple kilometres to the Nitinaht Narrows ferry crossing. After the ferry crossing the trail follows a relatively flat course through two First Nations settlements, Whyac and Clo-oose.

  • Tsusiat Falls is a stunning place to start your day
  • Eat breakfast and watch for whales passing by
  • Hole in the Wall is a gorgeous rock formation to see
  • The Crab Shack serves crab and chicken dinners
  • Much of your days hiking is easy and scenic
  • Carmanah Lighthouse can be visited(grounds only)
  • Chez Monique's sells meals & drinks
  • Carmanah Creek campsite is wonderful & quiet
  • Beautiful, long sandy beaches are frequent
  • Massive 17 kilometre gap between campsites

When you get to Tsusiat Falls you can jump in there too. To start and end your hike by swimming under waterfalls on the West Coast Trail makes for a pretty memorable day! There is quite a lot of interesting sights on this section. You can touch a big wall of rusting metal from an unidentified shipwreck near Tsocowis Creek at 16k.

At 18k you will have a magnificent view from the top of Valencia Bluffs. This is of course where the famous Valencia disaster occurred and was the final impetus to create a the West Coast Trail. You can look down on the swirling torrents of white water crashing onto the unforgiving, rocky shore below. Further along the trail, just past the 20 kilometre mark you will nearly trip over the huge anchor on the rocks. This, we can be fairly sure came from the Woodside, a ship that provided a regular ferry service up and down the coast of Vancouver Island. At 23k you come to the mighty Klanawa River and your first cable car crossing on the West Coast Trail. After Klanawa River you just have a couple kilometres of hiking through the forest before descending the astonishingly tall network of ladders down to Tsusiat Falls.

Day 2 Map Darling to Tsusiat - West Coast Trail

  Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Continued...

  Day 1 Pachena to Darling Day 2 Darling to Tsusiat Day 3 Tsusiat to Carmanah Day 4 Carmanah to Walbran

Day 5 Walbran to Cullite Day 6 Cullite to Camper Day 7 Camper to Thrasher

 Michigan Creek at 12k Darling River at 14k Orange Juice Creek at 15k Tsocowis Creek at 16.5k Klanawa River at 23k

Tsusiat Falls at 25k Cribs Creek at 42k Carmanah Creek at 46k Bonilla Creek at 48k

Walbran Creek at 53k Cullite Cove at 58k Camper Bay at 62k Thrasher Cove at 70k

Prologue 1: The West Coast Trail 2: When to Hike & Fees 3: Trailheads 4: Getting There

5: Considerations 6: Campsites 7: Shipwrecks 8: Routes