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West Coast Trail Transport options

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West Coast Trail Transport options

Please help us! We are 3 New Zealanders in our mid 20's getting prepared to do the west coast trail in a weeks time. We have a vehicle that we are planning to leave at Bamfield - from there we will walk the trail to port renfrew. I would love to have some in put from locals or people who have done the trail in the past about the cheapest way to get our vehicle back from Bamfield??

I see that there is a bus that goes between the 2 spots but it is $80 per person (more than we were hoping to pay). We have talked about sending one person on the bus to get the vehicle and drive it back to us... but we wondered if there are any other options? Is hitch hiking an option along this road?

I wondered also if there was another group doing the trail at a similar time with a similar problem but in the opposite direction?? perhaps there is a way to car swap? could be complicated tho i guess..

Any info or ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

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11. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

Yes and Greyhound is going out of business-cancelling routes left, right and centre-here in Canada they have a terrible reputation.

Once you rent those cars you're going to find out just how expensive things are here in Canada-and have you checked that you're allowed to take those rentals on gravel roads?

Now I have rented on the Island and taken rentals on gravel roads just never mentioned where I was going or went to rental Staff but I also do a meticulous job of detailing the car before bringing it back.

And then there's insurance.....

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12. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

Ahhh! From the States! That explains a lot. Gas on Maui is cheaper than it is on Vancouver Island. Heck, so is the cheese and milk!

It is what it is, and you don't have to use it. I am glad you will be able to use two cars and do it cheaper. That's what I would do. But if it is a rental, do read the contract carefully, because if you get into trouble on a gravel road, even your own car insurance won't cover you if they can prove that you "broke" the car rental contract.

Hope you get good weather for your trip.

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13. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

Thank you very much! We are very excited about this trip coming up!

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14. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

We are in the commercial transport industry,80 dollars for a 4 hr bus trip on a mostly gravel road is a steal ,trail users are fortunate is have a service like this ,we have used this service thx

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15. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

This post is over a year old. It should have been closed already!

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16. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

Hello sir. Thank you for your comments on this thread. I appreciate these posts are from a couple years ago, but the logic still stands. To operate buses on a regular schedule, on these roads, is not easy. It is also incredibly expensive to beat up buses every day, and still offer working air conditioning and as much comfort as possible. I love it when people compare our prices to other bus companies. No one I know destroys their buses faster than we do.

Are you involved with the motel, of close to the same name, in Nanaimo?

Thank you.

Michael Anderson

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Michael ~

Your post has not gone to anyone in particular, even though you clicked on the individual reply button. We don't know who "Hello sir" is as a post simply gets added to the thread. The way around it is to use the member's name in your post, @bus792, [comment].

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18. Re: West Coast Trail Transport options

Aren't all the roads involved in the circle route paved these days... from what I've seen of the bus being used it's already an old beater so not much to worry about. It's a service for backpackers looking for a good hike nothing more nothing less. If they want to pay for the service they will if they want to bum a ride they will so be it. The logistics issues of a car rental for a multi-day hike that is not circular are also a valid concern.

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The road to Bamtown is not paved nor will it be-not in the lifetime of anyone posting here.

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