If you are looking for a fun and challenging weeklong hike to write home about then consider the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The West Coast Trail is a 75 kilometre long hiking trail situated on the southwest side of Vancouver Island. It used to be a trade and travel route used by First Nations.You should be a reasonably fit and/or experienced hiker to go on this trail. On average it takes 5 to 7 days to complete the hike where you can enjoy the scenery of the pacific coast, the cool sea air and wildlife. Last summer I hiked the West Coast Trail and it was a great experience.
Three days back in Canada from my year in Europe, traveling to twelve countries and living on an Adriatic island I’m off again trekking in Ontario’s backcountry with my hiking buddy Andrew. No rest for the wicked.
“I’m getting too old for this.” That’s what my body fresh from a sedentary lifestyle was telling me as I hiked over 100 kilometers over 8 days zigzagging through Algonquin Provincial Park’s Western Uplands trail. Though if I’ve met people in their late 60’s doing Double Ironman competitions and people in their 70’s biking across Canada then I shouldn’t complain. The hike was a good way to get rid of the kinks in my body and quoting my hiking buddy Andrew, the hike will “make you lose your brain or bring it back.” We have done the trail together on our previous Algonquin Adventure but a slightly shorter distance (77 km) and a different route.
Whether you’re spending a week backcountry or going on a trip around the world you may need to take some gear that can make your traveling easier and more enjoyable. Because let’s face it, unless you’re MacGyver, having a ball-point pen and a paper clip will only get you so far. The enclosed list contains a few essential items I’ve taken with me on my travels and can be useful on yours.
Choosing the right backpack for your next trip is based on a number of external variables: location, climate, length of trip and the type of clothing, gear & supplies you are bringing with you (to name a few). Backpacks themselves come in all shapes and sizes so it’s also important to think about the design features.