West Coast Trail storm damage

The West Coast Trail suffered significant damage in the recent storms. The damage includes two broken cable cars, and the bridge over Logan Creek has been destroyed. This may delay opening of the trail in May. As this year is the 100th anniversary of the lifesaving trail, it would be a shame if it opened late.

Update Feb. 17: I talked to a warden from Pacific Rim NP today, and she mentioned that work is progressing well. They expect to have the damage cleaned up in time for the May 1 opening. Check their website for updates.

Rick over at besthikes.com recently rated the trail as the top hike in the world. Although I think that treks like the Snowman Trek in Bhutan rate higher on a world scale, it is certainly the top trek in Canada.

World Heritage sites rated

National Geographic traveler recently rated 94 World Heritage sites. Two Canadian sites ended in the top ten: Old Quebec city (77/100 points, shared 6th place), and Waterton-Glacier parks (73/100, shared 10th place).

In their 2005 survey, Gwaii Hanaas received 88 points, higher than any of the sites surveyed in 2006. Gros Morne and Kootenay/Yale scored 78 and 77 in 2005. Interestingly, Jasper and Banff both scored lower in their 2005 survey, 71 and 55, respectively. Goes to show that lesser know destinations are well worth visiting.

List of Canadian World Heritage sites.