Current Status of the Vancouver Island Trail

Virtually all of the VI Trail has been located and is defined on the ground well enough to be followed/hiked.  However, much of the route north of Port Alberni is not officially open since gaining the permission and support of several Indigenous Communities is on-going and a number of administrative arrangements (land use agreements, Section 57 approvals etc.) have not yet been completed.  Where the Trail is located across private forest lands, detailed planning and location of the trail has been progressing following completion of a Memorandum of Understanding that reflects the co-operative working relationship between Vancouver Island Trail Association (VITA) and Mosaic Forest Management, the timberland manager for both TimberWest and Island Timberlands.   

There are 3 types of maps available below:

       I.  An interactive web map to get a good idea of what the Trail is all about

     II.  A series of downloadable maps suitable for office/planning purposes

     III.  3 georeferenced trail corridor maps suitable for on-ground navigation purposes


I.  Vancouver Island Trail Interactive Web Map 

This map is a great way to explore what the VI Trail is all about.  You can view the Trail route (section by section) and see the satellite image in either 2-D or 3-D.  As you zoom in, additional information (trailheads, campsites) becomes available.  The various points of interest include (click on them) descriptions and images.  The legend appears by clicking the lower button in the upper right corner of the map.

This is a work in progress – If you have any comments or suggestions, e-mail 


II.  Maps for office and planning purposes:

A VITA volunteer – Alan Philip of Duncan – has compiled a series of topographic maps that cover the Trail from Anderson Hill in Oak Bay to near Woss and from Port McNeill to Cape Scott.  Each of these maps covers a portion of the VI Trail suited to a ‘Section Hike’ from and to an accessible trailhead. 

Maps 1 – 5 and 7 are up-dated in 2022.  Map 6 (Nimpkish Valley) is not available at this time.

As you will see in the map legends, the maps indicate completed trail sections in green, sections of the route using roads in yellow, proposed/projected sections of trail in olive green, and sections over water in blue.  The maps also show campsites and roads that access the Trail (including gates on private roads).

Pan around & Zoom in and out as you wish – there is lots of detail on these high resolution images.

These mapsheets can be downloaded as pdf’s, as follows:

#1 – Victoria to Lake Cowichan – updated March 2022

Download Map 1

#2 – Lake Cowichan to Port Alberni – updated April 2022

Download Map 2

#3 – Port Alberni to Cumberland – updated April 2022

Download Map 3

#4 – Cumberland to Strathcona Dam – updated March 2022

Download Map 4

#5 – Strathcona Dam to Woss – updated March 2022

Download Map 5

#6 – Woss to Port McNeill – N/A – relocation underway

#7 – Port McNeill to Cape Scott – updated June 2022

Download Map 7


III.  3 geo-referenced trail corridor maps suitable for viewing and on-ground navigation using a tablet or smart phone.

These 3 strip maps, which shows the terrain from height-of-land to height-of-land on both sides of the Trail,  are derived from the 7 mapsheets (above).  To be viewable on your tablet or phone, first Install the Avenza app (free version).  Then import the strip maps into Avenza by adding them to the “My Maps” folder (the import is fast, but Avenza’s map tiling process is slow!).  You can then open the relevant strip map in Avenza and your real-time position on the map (a blue dot) will be indicated by your phone’s GPS.

The trail corridor maps can be downloaded as tif files, as follows:

Anderson Hill to Courtenay – updated April 2022


Courtenay to Stewart Lake – updated April 2022


Stewart Lake to Cape Scott – in progress


If you need additional information / more details on the Trail route and navigation, e-mail


The Sections of Vancouver Island Trail

Click the links below for section descriptions (ordered south to north, by mapsheet) and current status of various sections of the Trail.  GPS tracks are also available to download, and a small map allows you to view the GPS tracks.  Of the available basemap options, the “Thunderforest-Landscape” map is probably the most useful (it includes contours – quite detailed if you zoom in).  Note that in the profile shown below the map, the vertical exaggeration is 10X!

Map #1:        Galloping Goose Trail                                    Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail                                 Cowichan Valley Trail

Map #2:       Lake Cowichan Section                 Tuck Lake Trail                  Runners Trail               Alberni Inlet Trail

Map #3:       Log Train Trail                                          Beaufort Range Crest Route

Map #4:       Cumberland to Strathcona Park                     Strathcona Park Trails                  Strathcona Park to Strathcona Dam

Map #5:       Salmon/White River Section                      Schoen Section

Map #6:                                   ‘Namgis Trail

Map #7:       Suquash Section           Port Hardy to Shushartie Water route                North Coast Trail


For more detail, take a look at the Guidebook and check out the Latest News for recent updates.