In late July I traveled up to Canada eh, embarking on an invitation to hike British Columbia's West Coast Trail. This 75 km long (47 mile) track is world famous for its ladders, swinging bridges, cable car river crossings, slippery log bridges, and tree root infested mud. It was awesome! Totally different from what I am used to as this place does green like the Southwest does red. Take a look at this very green and interesting place.
Pacific Rim National Park. With the huge amount of commercial logging that occurs on Vancouver Island, this thin strip of coastal wilderness preserves one of North America's great rainforests. Only about 7,000 persons per year are allowed to hike the trail! A reservation system is in place and the permits go quickly with 80% going to Canadians. However we saw many international hikers from Germany, Holland, China, and elsewhere. I felt fortunate to be invited.
The West Coast Trail was built in 1907 and first called the Dominion Lifesaving Trail. It runs along a part of the Pacific coast known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific," where hundreds of shipwrecks came ashore. The trail was envisioned as a lifesaving route for shipwrecked sailors; One notable shipwreck occurred in January, 1906 when the SS Valencia ran aground in very foul weather. An incredible account of this story can be read here.