Monday, June 17, 2024

Vancouver Island trail ranked one of the most photographed trails in the world


Are you ready to embark on a journey that promises breathtaking beauty with every step?

Look no further than the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island.

The iconic trail has just been named one of the most photographed hiking trails in the world by the UK-based travel company Explore, and it’s easy to see why.

Taking the eighth spot on Explore’s list, the West Coast Trail proudly shares its spotlight with other renowned trails like the Jordan Trail in Jordan and the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland.

Tucked away on the southwestern edge of Vancouver Island, the West Coast Trail runs through the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, offering stunning views of the coastline, old-growth forests, and challenging terrain.

While the ultimate title of the most-photographed trail in the world went to the GR20 trail in Corsica, France—a trail that winds through snow-capped peaks, deep valleys, and enchanting forests—the West Coast Trail holds its own in the rankings.

This 75-kilometer trail traces the rugged coastline of Vancouver Island, bridging the gap between Port Renfrew and Bamfield.

Don’t be fooled by its stunning vistas – this trail is not for the faint of heart.

Described as challenging, the West Coast Trail demands dedication and determination from those who wish to explore its beauty. The multi-day hike generally spans six to eight days, each one filled with awe-inspiring landscapes that beckon to be captured on camera.

Explore’s journey to unearth the world’s most picturesque trails was no small feat. Their team of walking and trekking tour guides delved into a colossal dataset encompassing over 500 popular walking locations.

By meticulously cross-referencing the number of photographs tagged with “walking trail” or “hiking trail” on stock imagery libraries, they uncovered the true champions of scenic beauty.

From the snow-capped majesty of the Himalayas to the enchanting landscapes of the German Black Forest, the competition was fierce. Yet, the West Coast Trail stood tall, a testament to the stunning natural wonders that Canada’s Vancouver Island has to offer.

So, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for capturing the world’s beauty through the lens of a camera, consider adding the West Coast Trail to your bucket list.

As you tread upon this hallowed path, you’ll not only challenge yourself but also be rewarded with photographs that encapsulate the very essence of Mother Nature’s magnificence.

Here’s a list of the top 10 locations:

Rank Name Location Country Continent Photo Count
1 GR20 Corsica France Europe 45,187
2 Everest Base Camp Trek Himalayas Nepal Asia 13,711
3 The Westweg Black Forest Germany Europe 13,105
4 Camino de Santiago Northern Spain Spain Europe 10,738
5 Inca Trail Andes Peru South America 10,170
6 Appalachian Trail Eastern United States United States North America 9,754
7 The Jordan Trail Jordan Jordan Asia 9,343
8 West Coast Trail Vancouver Island Canada North America 8,700
9 Laugavegur Trail Iceland Iceland Europe 5,992
10 The Lycian Way Turkey Turkey Asia 5,945
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