The West Coast Trail and Other Great Hikes. 8th ed.


114 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55054-614-7
DDC 917.11'2






Reviewed by Patricia Morley

Patricia Morley is professor emerita of English and Canadian Studies at
Concordia University and an avid outdoor recreationist. She is also the
author of The Mountain Is Moving: Japanese Women’s Lives, Kurlek, and
Margaret Laurence: The Long Journey Hom


Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail offers 80 kilometres of
spectacular but difficult hiking, along wilderness beauty that is rarely
matched. This detailed guide, now in its 8th edition, includes new
chapters on the Juan de Fuca Trail and on trails in the Carmanah-Walbran
Provincial Park. It also features new photographs, additional canoe
routes, and revised, large-scale maps.

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a provincial park since 1995, can be
managed by less-experienced hikers. The beauty of the stunning
old-growth forest of the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park is legendary.

Tim Leadem, who holds a master’s degree in zoology and is a member of
the Sierra Club of British Columbia, has been hiking the trails of which
he writes for decades. His first guide was published 25 years ago. In
this 8th edition, he writes that to preserve a place one must first
discover it; to turn the tide of development and clear-cutting, one must
gain support from people who have experienced it. The guide aims at
helping hikers to discover, enjoy, and protect these precious spaces.

The West Coast Trail and Other Great Hikes is an excellent guide to the
area and its environmental concerns for both experienced and novice


Leadem, Tim., “The West Coast Trail and Other Great Hikes. 8th ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed March 1, 2024,