"Port Renfrew...Botanical Beach...Vancouver Island," Port Renfrew by Greggor58

Port Renfrew Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 21 photos

Look West...over the horizon...Japan...

Port Renfrew is the closest "civilisation" and access to Botanical Beach.

This "town" serves as the Southern terminus for the Infamous West Coast Trail...a rugged 77 km trail that snakes along the Coastal land of Western Vancouver Island.

To get to Botanical Beach you must get yourself to Port Renfrew and the access for the Beach is a road on the left hand side before you get to the Government Wharf.There are signs,follow the road,it will take you to a parking area...its about ten minutes from Port Renfrew.

From Victoria use the Island Highway and follow the signs for Sooke....Jordan River...and then finally Port Renfrew.The drive from Victoria will take you...if you dont stop for anything..about an hour and a half...the road is windy and curvy once you pass through Jordan River.

My experience here is limited to short day trips hiking along the shoreline trails of Botanical Beach.The Pacific Ocean is meeting land here and can be quite rough at times.

The surf is wild and hikers are warned to be wary of ROGUE waves,the trails come close to the waters edge in many places,and human nature is OFTEN curious..."How close to the edge" can I go...people have been known to be swept off the rocks and into the sea...some have drowned.

Botanical Beach was in the early nineteen hundreds a "Marine Station" for the University of Minnesota and students and researchers came to this station to learn and study here.

Today it is a "protected" area and is rich in Marine life and is a very popular day trip out of Victoria.
In 1989 it was given "protected " status and designated a Provincial Park.

There are many tidal pools that are sanctuaries of life...star fish,anemones,small fish,and other life survive here and flourish.Its really quite fun and interesting to see.

If you're really LUCKY....as I have been....you'll even see whales from the shoreline trails...Ive had the good fortune to see both Grey and Orca from the shore.

  • Last visit to Port Renfrew: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    I'll have to add this to my ever growing list!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Great tips and beautiful photos on the giant Cedar Tree and Botanical Beach! I love exploring coasts and forests too, especially if they are off-the-beaten-track. Good warnings too - I know all about tides on the Atlantic coast!

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Just beautiful.....

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    seems beautiful part of the world except for those bear and cougar attacks. although i think i love wildlife i will not be able to face a bear or cougar in the wild.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    Don't like the thought of being attacked by a Bear. I didn't realize that they would actually board a boat, scary!

  • Jul 30, 2009 at 8:51 AM

    Bears? Sounds like a wild location to camp! :-) I enjoyed reading this page. Too bad you don't want to post some of your otter photos.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Lovely sunrise shots Greggor :o) Now that's my type of camping spot....and free too!! Cheers, Ann.

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