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Wreck to recreation: The West Coast Trail

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Colin Mulvany - The Spokesman-Review

The West Coast Trail on B.C.'s Vancouver Island was built as a route to safety for shipwreck survivors. Now it's a 45-mile hiking destination. Follow Spokesman-Review Outdoors Editor Rich Landers as he navigates this punishing trail during a six-day trek.

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Tags: backpacking, hiking trips, outdoors, Pacific Rim National Park, Rich Landers, Vancouver Island, West Coast trail