Mini Juan de Fuca Trail
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We do the planning, logistics, and support. You do the experience and the fun.
From pickup to return, we cover everything you need, except your personal items. We take you to and from the trip start, and feed you well along the way. We can't guarantee weight loss on our tours.
Our guides get out into our areas. They know the ins and outs of the trip and provide exceptional interpretation of flora, fauna and history. You'll know more after you leave.
We give you an entire packet of information on how to prepare, what to bring, how to pack, and a plan for training so you can fully enjoy th trip. Our care for you starts before you even arrive.
Mini Juan de Fuca Trail
2-day Backpacking Tour
The Juan de Fuca Trail was completed in 1996 as an extension of the West Coast Trail experience in commemoration of the 1994 Commonwealth Games. It was intended to be a bit shorter and less strenuous than the West Coast Trail, but over the years, it has worn itself into a strenuous journey. We have been guiding the Juan de Fuca Trail since 1998. The Juan de Fuca Trail is accessible by highway all along its route via access trails. This trail is less exposed than the West Coast Trail, so the terrain is a little less varied, but that is hardly noticeable. The beaches and forest are still magnificent.
This two day mini tour is a great overnight hiking experience for active people with little to no experience backpacking or wilderness camping. You get an idea of what a fairly rough, technical trail can be, with a bit of a safety net; and the itinerary can be custom built to meet your expectaions. Contact us for more information.
- HIKING DAYS: 2
- TRAVEL DAYS: 0.5
- RATING: Moderate to Strenuous
This is one possible itinerary for this tour out of many. Our intention for this tour is that we co-create the itinerary. However, because we are travelling in wilderness, itineraries can change. There are many factors that can affect how a tour actually runs, even with clear plans. We confirm pickup times by phone, email or SMS at least 12 hours before, but since this tour is meant to be more personalized, expect to be in regular contact.Expect to meet up the evening before starting to go over gear and packing.
This trip begins in Nanaimo, where we will arrange your pickup to drive to the location where we begin the activity.
Possible Itinerary 1
This would be a western end trip, starting at Sombrio Beach and travelling to the trailhead at Botanical Beach. Point of origin can also be Cowichan Valley.
1/4 Travel Day: Participants meet guides at a specified location in Victoria (point of origin) for an early start. Following introductions and equipment check the group are transported to the middle trailhead at Sombrio Beach after a vehicle shuffle for our return. Boots and packs on and the hike begins from Sombrio.This first day will be the more complicated area, having to navigate on a cobblestone beach, taking tides into account. We have lunch along the way. We stop for camp about 12 km into the trail at Payzant Creek Campsite for the night. There, we set up our camp, have dinner, and go over the day.
Up in the morning for a camp cooked breakfast, we pack up and head west toward Botanical Beach. The next seven km will take about 3 to 4 hours to complete. We will stop for lunch along the way. The morning can be leisurely or it can be a bit more committed, depending on what needs are. If we finish early enough, we can stop at Avatar Grove to see the big trees. 1/4 travel day to return to Victoria or Cowichan.
Possible Itinerary 2
This second alternative is more strenuous, but mostly less technical than the first itinerary. We start out sort of mid-trail off the road, near Bear Beach, ending at Sombrio Beach the next day. Point of origin can also be Cowichan Valley.
1/4 Travel Day: Participants meet guides at a specified location in Victoria (point of origin) for an early start. Following introductions and equipment check the group are transported to the roadside trailhead for Bear Beach after a vehicle shuffle for our return. Boots and packs on and the hike begins from the road down to Bear Beach, then on to Chin Beach for the evening. This first day is about 13 km. At camp, we set up, have dinner, and go over the day.
Up for a cooked breakfast, we pack up and head out for the last 8 km to Sombrio Beach. This second day has less ups and downs, but does have a steeper, more technical section just before Sombrio. This is a beautifal area. We end up at Sombrio, where we will look at the waterfull in the cliff face and watch the surfers until we head back to civilization. We end the day back at Victoria or Cowichan.
Included Not Included Transportation from and to the departure location (pick up and drop off) Your transportation to the departure location (from your home) All backcountry park fees and camping fees National Park entry fees (may change as Parks alters their policies) Professional guides Hiking Boots (should be less than 5 years old) All meals (except on travel days) Some food (on travel days and special options) Tent (shared) Hiking Boots (should be less than 5 years old) A substantial preparation guide Backpack (available for rent) Gear rental options Sleeping bags or mats (available for rent) Gratuities are not included. Recognizing your guide for their hard work and care is always appreciated; $10-20/day per guide is recommended.
Getting There And
Where To Stay
If you are travelling into the Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo area from afar, you should arrive at the departure location for your trip the day/evening prior to the trip start date and plan to leave the day following trip return. Try the following Canadian online travel booker: flightnetwork.com.
You can fly to Vancouver (airport code YVR) or Seattle (airport code SEA) then connect to Vancouver Island using ferry, bus, or air, or arrange flights directly to Vancouver Island.
Flying to Victoria (Airport code YYJ)
Flying to Nanaimo (Airport code YCD)
Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service.
Servicing all of Vancouver Island from airports to ferrys to cruise ship terminals. Tel: 1 250 758-2133
BC Ferries 1-888-BC FERRY (1-888-223-3779)
We will let you know the ferry to take for travelling to Vancouver Island, but if you want to check out times, you can go the the BC Ferries website at:
Where to Stay
Victoria Pick up & Airport Hotels
Pick up: Schwartz Bay Ferry Terminal, or the following Accommodations near the ferry or airport:
Travelodge Sydney Airport Hotel
Travelodge may offer Coastal Bliss Guests a lower rate per night (ask us for the discount code before you book) and is an easy place for us to pick you up/drop you off before and after your tour with us.
2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC, CA, V8L 1X1
Phone:1 250 656 1176
Hotel Zed is near downtown Victoria, but not right downtown. It has built up a very good reputation and has reasonable rates. Ask for Coastal Bliss Adventures Special Room Rate when making your reservation.
3110 Douglas Ave. Victoria, BC, CA, V8Z 3K4
Phone:1 250 388 4345 Or 1 800 997 6797
If you are arriving in Vancouver and staying there before getting to a pick up location on Vancouver Island, the Accent Inn is close to the aiport.
Accent Inn, Vancouver Airport
10551 St. Edwards Dr. (off Hwy #99)
Richmond B.C. V6X 3L8
Ph: 604-273-3311 Fx: 604-273-9522
(Our guests may be able to receive a discount at Accent Inn, contact us for details.)
If you are staying in Victoria after the tour, consider these near downtown Victoria accommodations:
The Strathcona Hotel
Address: 919 Douglas Street, Victoria B.C.
Ocean Island Inn
Address: 791 Pandora Ave. Victoria BC, Canada
Phone: Toll Free 1.888.888.4180
229 Gorge Road East
Victoria, BC V9A 1L1
Toll-Free Reservations: 1-800-565-3777
Preparing For Your Trip
How you prepare for your adventure is important. Being well prepared will enhance the quality of your experience. Because we are travelling in wilderness, it is very important for you and for the rest of your adventure group that you are fit enough to handle the level of difficulty and demand with no problems. Our guides know how to minimize the impact of these demands as much as possible, but they cannot remove them. The depth of your experience can only increase if you have made sure that you have prepared well.
Your preparation will be different for different activities. Preparing for a kayak trip is different from preparing for a hiking trip. We have provided some basic information that can be downloaded through the following links to pdf documents. If you do not have the Adobe Reader, you can download it from the Adobe site by clicking here.
Use the links below to download some of the preparation files for this hiking or kayaking tour. When you book your tour, we will send you a complete preparation packet to help you get ready.Please take this seriously. Most people are unaware of the demands of a coastal environment, particularly with keeping dry and warm. Your preparation will really help make your coastal hiking or kayaking tour a great experience.Gear Rental
We have gear available to rent if you don't want to buy a particular piece of equipment, or need to travel without it.
Look over the following list to help you decide whether you want to rent. If you decide to rent gear, you can tell us on the phone or book it online with your tour.
Item Price Sherpa for Hiking Tours $2399.00 Backpack Rental $55.00 Sleeping Bag Rental $55.00 Thermarest Rental $20.00 Gaiter Rental $15.00 Hiking Pole Rental (one) $7.50 Rental Bundle 1-Sleeping Bag+Thermarest+Gaiters or hiking pole $80.00 Rental Bundle 2-backpack+gaiters+hiking pole $76.00 Rental Bundle 3-backpack+sleeping bag+Thermarest $117.00