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EXPLORE THE WEST COAST
Botanical Beach,is in the Juan de Fuca Park about a 10-minute drive from the Cottage. From the parking lot it's a 20 minute nature walk to the beach. Visitors can walk out across the flat sandstone and granite outcroppings to view tide pools filled with brightly coloured marine life.
Pacheedaht Beach is located on the First Nation reserve in Port Renfrew. This 2 km beach is a popular place for campers and beach lovers. The sandy beach with its mass of driftwood (and logs) is a delight for dogs playing catch in the water. In the winter months, Pacheedaht is good for surfing as well.
Sombrio Beach is 18.7 km (20 min) drive from Port Renfrew. It's about a 15 min. walk to the cobbled beach. While most visitors are drawn to the area for surfing and hiking, there's a hidden waterfall in a cave which always delights visitors too.
To reach the waterfall, turn left on the beach and head South for about 20 minutes. The first and only creek that you come across will be running into the Pacific ocean and this is where you want to stop and explore. Just a few metres up the creek you’ll soon find the emerald canyon and the waterfall.
CHINA BEACH & MYSTIC BEACH
There's lots to explore here. The suspension bridge over Pete Wolfe Creek, a hanging rope swing and waterfall are some highlights.
From the China Beach day-use area you'll find the trailheads for both China Beach and the Juan de Fuca trail (which leads to Mystic Beach). The lower parking lot is the China Beach access, while the first parking lot on your right is for the Juan de Fuca trail.
GO SWIMMING...PICNICING...FRESHWATER FISHING
Fairy Lake (6.5km) and Lizard Lake (18km) are northeast of Port Renfrew on the Harris Creek Main logging road. Both lakes offer excellent freshwater fishing, sandy beaches and picnic sites!
Fairy Lake is a small lake. At the centre of the lake, is a half submerged log. Clinging precariously to life on the exposed end is a single dwarfed fir tree and many a swimmer has used this log as a natural diving board.
Lizard Lake is filled with newts (salamanders), hence the origin of its name. A unique 100-foot boardwalk dock was built for fishing and swimming. This 1.5km nature trail loops around the lake, winding through the surrounding forest of cedar and fir trees.
Gateway Marina is a 5 minute walk down the long staircase from the cottage community, or if you prefer, you can use the road access. Port Renfrew is a fishing mecca from May through September. Launch your own boat or >charter a professional guide to take you out on the ocean for a great fishing trip. They know the secret fishing holes that consistently produce the biggest salmon and halibut and how to ensure you the experience of a lifetime.
THE START & FINISH of HIKING TRAILS IN PORT RENFREW
Port Renfrew is the start or end of two amazing hiking trails. The West Coast Trail and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. You may want to explore Port Renfrew and spend some time relaxing before or after your journey on the trail.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is one of three classic, long coastal trails on Vancouver Island. The Marine trail is a rugged 47-kilometre wilderness hiking trail located within Juan de Fuca Provincial Park along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. The trail stretches from China Beach to Botanical Beach, just outside Port Renfrew. The trail can be hiked in either direction and usually takes 3-5 days. Read >MB Guiding for trail adventure information.
The West Coast Trail is one of the best-known hiking trails in Canada. It covers 75km through some of the toughest and most beautiful terrain in British Columbia’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.The trail is accessed from our remote village of Port Renfrew (also Bamfield and Nitinaht). It consists of rough trails in the coastal rainforest, boardwalk sections, ladders in and out of deep gorges, and coastal walking on sand, gravel, boulders and smooth sandstone shelf. There's bridges and cable cars across the major waterways, but some of the smaller ones must be forded. Taryn Eyton's >West Coast Trail
PORT RENFREW VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER
The Visitor Center is at Port Renfrew Chambers of Commerce. You'll find maps, local tours information and more local tips. 'The Best 25 Things to Do in Port Renfrew' are described on >The Port Renfrew website .
Anytime of the year is a magical time to discover all the wild natural beauty here.
Come elevate your spirits, connect with friends and family, and create lasting memories.
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