On one end of the guided tour spectrum there’s the traditional bus tour. On the other end is Wildland Trekking, a hiking and trekking tour company that leads backpacking trips into some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes. The company has announced two 2023 departures of a new Vancouver Island backpacking trip.
This is one of those trips that you’ll need a high fitness level to consider, but if you’re up for it, the incredible 46-mile route offers seven days of exceptional scenery and chances to spot wildlife including otters, seals, sea lions, orcas, and whales. Days are spent navigating boulders and driftwood, climbing steep ladders, and crossing rivers and gorges on suspension bridges and cable cars.
The trip currently has two departure dates, one in June and another in September, and kicks off in the charming city of Victoria. Guests are then transported to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve for a week of backpacking along Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail. Rates start at $2,975 and include expert guides, gear, and meals.
This is not a trip that will appeal to everyone, but for seasoned hikers, this is a pretty incredible opportunity to be able to focus on the journey, leaving the logistics and the navigation to experts. Vancouver Island is low-key one of the most beautiful places on earth, so the chance to hike its quieter corners is definitely special. And the fact that Wildland Trekking is owned by Intrepid adds an element of trust in the brand.