Blisters and Bliss

A Trekker's Guide to the West Coast Trail, Ninth Edition

By (author): David Foster
With: Wayne Aitken
Illustrated by: Nelson Dewey
ISBN 9781772032611
Softcover | Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
144 Pages
$16.95 CAD
E-Book Price: $9.99 CAD

About the Book

The 30th-anniversary edition of this popular guide is fully updated with all the information you need for a safe and enjoyable trek on the West Coast Trail.

The bestselling Blisters and Bliss has been the trekker’s guide to the West Coast Trail since 1989. The
75-kilometre trail on Vancouver Island is rated as one of the world’s greatest hikes. In this revised ninth edition, David Foster and Wayne Aitken once again provide a practical and easy-to-use resource for the thousands of hikers who visit the West Coast Trail every year. Combining current and accurate trail information with hundreds of safety and planning tips, this is the ideal guide for novices and experienced trekkers alike.

About the Author(s)

David Foster spent much of his trekking time checking out the flora and impressing others with his skill in building campsites and driftwood furniture (when not chasing mice out of his backpack). He was a retired school teacher-librarian, a master gardener, and an ardent nanny when in his award-winning Japanese shade garden. He passed away in 2019.


Blisters and Bliss . . . was like the Bible, only with fewer locusts and better maps. Seriously, hiking the West Coast Trail without Blisters and Bliss would be like chucking the owners’ manual out of the rocket ship before blasting into space. This is the 30th anniversary of the guide, the ninth edition of a book that is continually updated to reflect changing West Coast Trail conditions.” —Jack Knox, Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour nominee