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Parks and Hiking Trails exist almost everywhere around Port Renfrew and within hours drive from both Victoria and Port Renfrew. Camping meca of the southern coast and fishing meca of Vancouver Island. The Port Renfrew Business Directory has Charter listings and Tall Tree Tours.

Below are highlights that attracts visitors to our wilderness area.

- The start of the famous West Coast Life Saving Trail. - Red Creek Fir Canada's largest standing Douglas fir. - Avatar Grove & Canada’s Gnarliest Tree found by Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) activists in December, 2009. - Big Lonely Doug, 2nd largest Douglas fir in Canada. - The San Juan Spruce tree, Canada's largest Sitka spruce second largest in the world! - Botanical Beach & Botanay Bay Loop Trail, A diverse marine bay located next to Port San Juan and Botanay Bay also famous for it’s very dangerous surf break. Jesse Oak Canada’s own surfing legend named it “ Bought a Neck Brace Bay” due to the rock shelf hidden just a few meters off shore. - San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve and home to our own herd of Roosevelt Elk. - San Juan Ridge Ecological Reserve, many rare species of fauna and wild life. - The Kludahk Trail & Protected Area. A very popular multi-day cross-country winter ski trail. - The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and alternate trail-heads for day hiking or multi-day camping trips. - The famous West Coast Lifesaving Trail. Make reservations in advance. Serious experienced hikers only! - Fairy Lake Nature Trail Round Trip 2 km - Allow 40 min. Plus camping & fishing sites on the lake. - The Fairy Lake Fishery located 1 km above the lake has been raising & releasing salmon for over thirty years now. - The Fairy Lake “bonsi tree” growing out of a log, sticking up out of the lake, is said to be the most photographed tree in all of BC. - Lizard Lake Trail Round Trip 1.5 km - Allow 35 min. Camping sites available. Both great for swimming and both fishing lakes with camp grounds on a first come first served bases. No reservations. - The Pacheedaht First Nation has a 2 km beach you can camp on for a fee. Some RV hookups with electricity. - Endless outdoor activities on every turn. Our winter storms here can re-arrange the shoreline landscape every few years and makes for fantastic photography and viewing. - There are three river mouths that enter into San Juan Bay here. The San Juan river estuary continues up one end of the beach and continues up to Fairy Lake and with the North side the Gordon River empties into the San Juan from the other end of the beach. In between the two sides are numerous water ways, tributaries, mud swamps, marshes, and are home to river otters, marmont, mink, and our own herd of protected Rosevelt Elk. Many black bears in the area feeding off the wet lands. - Bird watching is tops here! Vancouver Island is home to 453 species of birds and of these 19 endangered and protected species local to the area. - Port Renfrew is a huge fishing area with most of the fishery located surrounding the huge Swiftsure Bank 26.4 mi (42.5 km) off-shore. Fishing and hunting has been dominant for the local native tribes for thousands of years. This is the home of the Pacheedaht First Nation peoples. The name "Pacheedaht" translates to English as "Children of the Sea Foam". The San Juan Enhancement Society For the last ten years have been raising and releasing 40,000 Chinook per year in their own Chinook Net pens that are anchored in San Juan Bay, (1 km South of the government wharf). Port Renfrew Historical Hiking Trails can be an adventure for those that like hiking. So, do we have you interested now? Come check us out and stay for awhile.

Avatar Grove & Canada’s “Gnarliest Tree”

The Avatar Grove and "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" was discovered by Ancient Forest Alliance activists in December, 2009. This magnificent forest, within the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation, is located near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and was recently declared off limits to logging through a new Old-Growth Management Area in February, 2012. How to Get to the Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew, BC Directions Coming from Victoria, BC - Drive time approx 2.5 hours Avatar Grove Parking GPS: latitude = 48.6163043713, longitude = -124.438022154

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Day hiking or Back-Packing

Pacific Rim National Park

& “West Coast Trail”

from Port Renfrew

Built in 1907 and is in constant repair to this day. Original telegraph line provided shipwrecks a life saving trail, now know as the “West Coast Trail”, a 75 km (47 mi) intermediate to expert hiking adventure. These are extreme hiking conditions in a remote wilderness area. The entrance is on First Nation lands. It takes between five to eight days to complete depending on weather conditions. West Coast Trail Hikers Guide .pdf

Juan de Fuca Provincial

Park & Marine Trail

There are four traiheads or main areas to the 47 km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail starting at China Beach East Campground and the China Beach day-use area, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach at its western terminus. Day hiking or multi-day camping hikes or just a walk on the beach. Juan de fuca Marine Trail Map. Detailed download [PDF 192KB]

Botanical Beach &

Botanay Bay - Loop Trail

A 2.8 km loop trail from the parking lot leads to Botanical Beach and Botany Bay. It leads to the shoreline with many tide pools and abundant opportunities to observe marine life. Do not touch or take home marine life in this park. It is against the law. Photos only! Botanay Bay is also home to a very famous and dangerous surf break. Jesse Oak one of Sombrio Beaches surf legends called Botanay Bay “bought a neck brace bay” because of the rock ledge sitting just feet under the water a few yards off shore.
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Today specimens over 250 feet are rare. The road to Red Creek Fir is an old railway grade, hard packed with ruts everywhere across the width so that you slow down to a crawl in places. But it is worth the journey. It is a short ten minute hike from the parking area, and the trail is marked by bright red tags on the trees. It takes about 40 minutes return. Along the way you will see another large stand of fir equally stunning in size to the giant called the Three Sisters

Red Creek Fir - Worlds Largest Douglas Fir Tree

This tree is the largest known individual in the family Pinaceae. In 1985 it was measured as having a height of 74 m, dbh of 402 cm, and crown spread of 22.9 m Historical records document some Douglas fir over 120 meters et) tall.
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Parkinson Creek Trailhead is located at Kilometre 37.6 of the  Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Latitude: 48° 30' 49.1" (48.5137°) north Longitude: 124° 22' 29.7" (124.3749°) west Elevation: 42 meters (138 feet)

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

spans three sections along a 130 km of wild coastline. It begins at Port Renfrew in the South and Tofino to the North. In the middle between Uclulet and Bamfield is the Broken Group and in the back is the Port Albernie channel. These three groups are North - Long Beach, Central - The Broken Group Islands and South - the West Coast Trail (Port Renfrew) Parkinson Creek Trailhead
Port Renfrew Parks and Swings Port Renfrew has a small park in what is called “Beach Camp” Look for the BC Ambulance Station when you come into town and turn right, then left, and follow the road. You can not miss it! Hundreds of species of plants and animals. The organisms  that live here must be able to handle a wide range of  conditions. When the tide is out there are large changes in  temperature, predators, food sources and salinity. The surrounding geophysical area is a strange combination of shapes in contrast with the shoreline. Bring your camera. Get there when the tides are the lowest. Check tide charts. French Beach Provincial Park China Beach Provincial Park

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Avatar Grove & Canada’s “Gnarliest Tree”

The Avatar Grove and "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" was discovered by Ancient Forest Alliance activists in December, 2009. This magnificent forest, within the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation, is located near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and was recently declared off limits to logging through a new Old-Growth Management Area in February, 2012. How to Get to the Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew, BC Directions Coming from Victoria, BC - Drive time approx 2.5 hours Avatar Grove Parking GPS: latitude = 48.6163043713, longitude = -124.438022154

Day hiking or Back-Packing

Pacific Rim National Park & “West

Coast Trail” from Port Renfrew

Built in 1907 and is in constant repair to this day. Original telegraph line provided shipwrecks a life saving trail, now know as the “West Coast Trail”, a 75 km (47 mi) intermediate to expert hiking adventure. These are extreme hiking conditions in a remote wilderness area. The entrance is on First Nation lands. It takes between five to eight days to complete depending on weather conditions. West Coast Trail Hikers Guide .pdf

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park & Marine

Trail

There are four traiheads or main areas to the 47 km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail starting at China Beach East Campground and the China Beach day-use area, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach at its western terminus. Day hiking or multi-day camping hikes or just a walk on the beach. Juan de fuca Marine Trail Map. Detailed download [PDF 192KB]

Botanical Beach &

Botanay Bay - Loop Trail

A 2.8 km loop trail from the parking lot leads to Botanical Beach and Botany Bay. It leads to the shoreline with many tide pools and abundant opportunities to observe marine life. Do not touch or take home marine life in this park. It is against the law. Photos only! Botanay Bay is also home to a very famous and dangerous surf break. Jesse Oak one of Sombrio Beaches surf legends called Botanay Bay “bought a neck brace bay” because of the rock ledge sitting just feet under the water a few yards off shore.

PHOTO GALLERY

Parks and Hiking Trails exist almost everywhere around Port Renfrew and within hours drive from both Victoria and Port Renfrew. Camping meca of the southern coast and fishing meca of Vancouver Island. The Port Renfrew Business Directory has Charter listings and Tall Tree Tours.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

spans three sections along a 130 km of wild coastline. It begins at Port Renfrew in the South and Tofino to the North. In the middle between Uclulet and Bamfield is the Broken Group and in the back is the Port Albernie channel. These three groups are North - Long Beach, Central - The Broken Group Islands and South - the West Coast Trail (Port Renfrew) Parkinson Creek Trailhead

GETTING IN TOUCH

Email us your phone number and we will have someone call you back. webmaster@portrenfrew.com Our email reply is usually withing 24 hours.

CONTACT US

webmaster@portrenfrew.com https://www.portenfrew.com
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Below are highlights that attracts visitors to our wilderness area.

- The start of the famous West Coast Life Saving Trail. - Red Creek Fir Canada's largest standing Douglas fir. - Avatar Grove & Canada’s Gnarliest Tree found by Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) activists in December, 2009. - Big Lonely Doug, 2nd largest Douglas fir in Canada. - The San Juan Spruce tree, Canada's largest Sitka spruce second largest in the world! - Botanical Beach & Botanay Bay Loop Trail, A diverse marine bay located next to Port San Juan and Botanay Bay also famous for it’s very dangerous surf break. Jesse Oak Canada’s own surfing legend named it “ Bought a Neck Brace Bay” due to the rock shelf hidden just a few meters off shore. - San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve and home to our own herd of Roosevelt Elk. - San Juan Ridge Ecological Reserve, many rare species of fauna and wild life. - The Kludahk Trail & Protected Area. A very popular multi-day cross- country winter ski trail. - The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and alternate trail-heads for day hiking or multi-day camping trips. - The famous West Coast Lifesaving Trail. Make reservations in advance. Serious experienced hikers only! - Fairy Lake Nature Trail Round Trip 2 km - Allow 40 min. Plus camping & fishing sites on the lake. - The Fairy Lake Fishery located 1 km above the lake has been raising & releasing salmon for over thirty years now. - The Fairy Lake “bonsi tree” growing out of a log, sticking up out of the lake, is said to be the most photographed tree in all of BC. - Lizard Lake Trail Round Trip 1.5 km - Allow 35 min. Camping sites available. Both great for swimming and both fishing lakes with camp grounds on a first come first served bases. No reservations. - The Pacheedaht First Nation has a 2 km beach you can camp on for a fee. Some RV hookups with electricity. - Endless outdoor activities on every turn. Our winter storms here can re-arrange the shoreline landscape every few years and makes for fantastic photography and viewing. - There are three river mouths that enter into San Juan Bay here. The San Juan river estuary continues up one end of the beach and continues up to Fairy Lake and with the North side the Gordon River empties into the San Juan from the other end of the beach. In between the two sides are numerous water ways, tributaries, mud swamps, marshes, and are home to river otters, marmont, mink, and our own herd of protected Rosevelt Elk. Many black bears in the area feeding off the wet lands. - Bird watching is tops here! Vancouver Island is home to 453 species of birds and of these 19 endangered and protected species local to the area. - Port Renfrew is a huge fishing area with most of the fishery located surrounding the huge Swiftsure Bank 26.4 mi (42.5 km) off-shore. Fishing and hunting has been dominant for the local native tribes for thousands of years. This is the home of the Pacheedaht First Nation peoples. The name "Pacheedaht" translates to English as "Children of the Sea Foam". The San Juan Enhancement Society For the last ten years have been raising and releasing 40,000 Chinook per year in their own Chinook Net pens that are anchored in San Juan Bay, (1 km South of the government wharf). Port Renfrew Historical Hiking Trails can be an adventure for those that like hiking. So, do we have you interested now? Come check us out and stay for awhile.
Parkinson Creek Trailhead is located at Kilometre 37.6 of the  Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Latitude: 48° 30' 49.1" (48.5137°) north Longitude: 124° 22' 29.7" (124.3749°) west Elevation: 42 meters (138 feet) French Beach Provincial Park Port Renfrew Parks and Swings Port Renfrew has a small park in what is called “Beach Camp” Look for the BC Ambulance Station when you come into town and turn right, then left, and follow the road. You can not miss it! Hundreds of species of plants and animals. The organisms  that live here must be able to handle a wide range of  conditions. When the tide is out there are large changes in  temperature, predators, food sources and salinity. The surrounding geophysical area is a strange combination of shapes in contrast with the shoreline. Bring your camera. Get there when the tides are the lowest. Check tide charts. China Beach Provincial Park
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