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Hesquiat Peninsula Trail

Duration: 6 or 8 days

Level: Moderate with some technical sections

Min Group Size: 3

Max Group Size: 8

$1796 CAD + tax (6 days)

$1996 CAD + tax (8 Days)

2020 Dates (6 day trips in parentheses):

May 23 (24)

Sept 10 (11)

Departs From: Vancouver and Nanaimo

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2020 sees a welcome return to our portfolio of hikes for the Hesquiat Peninsula. Hesquiat is the quietest of our coastal trails, seeing way less visitors than the West Coast or Nootka trails, yet it also has the fewest difficult sections. Perhaps because it requires both a flight in and a flight out to access this keeps the numbers down, but whatever the reason those looking for a greater wilderness experience should seriously consider this trail. Less people also means more wildlife so those hoping to encounter wolf or bear might keep this in mind.


Please bear in mind that this is a wilderness hike and the itinerary is only a suggestion and not set in stone.

DAY ONE - Pick up at your hotel in Vancouver from where we will take a short drive to Horseshoe Bay to catch the ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island (pick up possible here too). Once on the Island we head for Gold River (4 hours) from where our friends at Air Nootka will take us on a wonderful floatplane flight to Escalante Point. We will hike for about a kilometre and a half to our campsite.

DAY TWO - Today we begin our hike by heading to Barcester Bay (12km, 4-6 hours) where we will camp for the night at another wonderful beach. If the tide is with us we will have relatively easy hiking on sandstone shelving with the only rea; difficulty of the day being having to negotiate a large surge channel.

DAY THREE - Our 6km of terrain today will be a mix of sandy beach and sandstone shelving.  Watch for bald eagles perching on top of the numerous sea stacks that we will pass. Our goal for the evening is a beach near Homais Cove just after a sea lion haul out.

DAY FOUR - A short day but slower going sees us tackle the Billion Boulder Beach (B3) all the way to Mahatlaw Point where we will camp for the night. Here we will be at the southern tip of the peninsula, after this we will be heading north and be on the inland section of the trail.

DAY FIVE -  Le Claire Point is our campsite for the night after a 15km stretch of hiking. After another boulder strewn start to the day the going is easy being mostly along beautiful stretches of spectacular sandy beach.

DAY SIX -  From Le Claire point it is about 5km to Boat Basin and the end of our journey. We will pass pocket beaches along the way with some excursions into the rainforest to get around headlands. We will finish our trip with a visit to Cougar Annie's Garden before returning to Gold River in the afternoon with Air Nootka. Cougar Annie was a settler who outlived four husband and created her garden from 5 acres of wilderness, the garden is one of the highlights of our trip.

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What’s Included

  • All transport from pick up at your downtown hotel to drop off at the end of your tour including ferry to Vancouver Island and car transport to Gold River.

  • Return floatplane flight to the Hesquiat Peninsula

  • 5 nights camping accommodation

  • All camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat, headtorch, eating utensils, etc., even includes sleeping bag if needed)

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners - see a sample menu

  • Soft beverages during car journeys

  • All park permits and fees

  • All taxes

  • The services of one of our guides for the duration of your trip

What's Not Included

  • Breakfast and lunch on day one

  • Lunch and dinner on day six

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Wildlife Viewing

Chances of seeing:

  • Black Bears - probable

  • Wolves - possible

  • Cougars - less likely

  • Eagles - highly likely

  • Whales - probable

  • Sea Otters - possible

  • Sea Lions - highly likely

Please see our FAQs page for an explanation of these ratings.