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  • West Coast Trail 2020
    May 23, 2020 - May 30, 2020
    5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Join us for our 7th Annual Extreme Adventure on the West Coast Trail!

Step out of your comfort zone and onto the West Coast Trail with some of the most adventurous T1Ds around, on one of the most gruelling hiking trails in North America… and also one of the most rewarding! Since leading the West Coast Trail Extreme Adventure for the first time in 2012, ICD has led over 50 individuals to challenge themselves by completing this incredible trek. This trek follows the iconic West Coast Trail on an 8-day, 75km hiking and backcountry camping expedition along the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. The trail starts just outside of Bamfield, about 4 hours west of Victoria. 

This trip is full of hiking, hiking, hiking and having fun! Cleaning off the mud with a nice splash in a river, ocean or bay may be accompanied by whale sightings, sea caves and sea lions,  just to keep us motivated! Suspension bridges over gorgeous gorges, ladders up steep ravines, monstrous fallen trees turned into bridges and stair cases, shipwrecks, and hand-operated cable car crossings serve to help us navigate this trail, which was originally created to help survivors of shipwrecks get home. For the past 40 years, it has been a rare gem of hiking blisters and bliss, attracting people from around the world. We’ll work as a team to get through this awesome adventure and take care of all the equipment, safety precautions and food prep. 

Since we will be carrying all our supplies on our backs, it is VERY important to pack small and pack light! This is one of our rare programs where we will not be accepting everyone – this challenge is meant for fit and motivated participants with T1D. We are happy to assist anyone who is interested to sort out if this is the right hike for you, and provide advice on how to prepare to take on this challenge.

We are able to support additional needs for backpacks, high-end sleeping bags and head lamps upon request but proper hiking shoes/boots, rain jacket, athletic wear are required. Please reach out so we can help you be prepared for this adventure!

This program has experienced leaders who are living full lives with type 1 diabetes. They love to mentor and share the skills and habits that have helped them reach their dreams. Our ICD leadership team has led more trips for type 1s than anyone else in the world.

Be sure to check out pictures from our last West Coast Trail Extreme Adventure



When: May 23 – 30, 2020

Where: We will be departing from Pachena Bay, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Registered participants will receive an email from ICD with maps and more detailed directions closer to the event.

Who: This trip is open to strong teens and adults with T1D who are physically fit, and can carry 30% of their body weight in a pack on their back. If you are willing to work hard and endure some physical difficulties to enjoy some amazing rewards, this trip is for you! 

Cost: All tickets include camping permits, all food and snacks, tents, camp kitchen, backcountry safety equipment, and ICD leadership. Please choose the ticket that works best for you. *Register before February 1st to receive a FREE branded 2020 Summer Adventure shirt!

Extreme Adventure Ticket: $1100.00

Empowerment50 Ticket: $550

Deposit: $100 to hold your spot (balance due 30 days before the event)


True Cost $1750 While our tickets reflect the most accessible options available to our participants, we encourage those who are able and willing to give back to donate above and beyond the ticket cost.This is why you see the True Cost listed for each event. You can become a donor today, and help us to keep all of our programs open to all. To learn more about our impact and Empowerment Fund please click here

Empowerment Fund: Tickets at the Empowerment rates are made available through individual donations and corporate sponsorships. At ICD, we firmly believe that finances should never be a barrier to participation in our programs.To ensure our events are accessible to all, we are pleased to offer partially funded rates. .If you require further assistance with financing, please fill out our Empowerment Fund application here.



Notes: Please fill out the entire questionnaire as part of registration. Transportation to and from the venue is not included in this program. Carpooling options may be available. Please contact us if you are looking for a carpool. 


Quote from a previous participant:

“I would not have had the confidence to try this program out if it weren’t for I Challenge Diabetes being there to support me. Along the way I realized I was going to make it – the excitement of completing that trek, the teamwork of our group and the beauty of this legendary trail will stay with me for life!” ~ WCT participant, 2013

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 1-877-776-0667





Pachena Bay West Coast Trail Head, Alberni-Clayoquot, British Columbia, Canada



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