About China Beach

“China Beach day-use area is a spectacular spot for family outings and day trips. The China Beach campground is a separate facility, located in a forested area with open understory just east of the China Beach day-use area and Juan de Fuca East trailhead. There are 78 drive-in campsites available at this campground. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.”

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Raving Reviews

tripadvisor.com – almost five stars


“Great Quiet Sandy Beach”

We did a day trip from Victoria to this area with 3 adults, 11, 10, 9 and 5 year old. Spent the morning at China Beach then headed to Botanical Beach after lunch. The walk down from the parking lot at China Beach was fairly easy. It is downhill but not too hard to get back up. There are outhouses both at the top and the bottom of the hill. The beach itself is beautiful and you can walk for a long way in either direction. We took a picnic (no garbages pack everything out with you) and had tones of space. By the time we left the beach was maybe only 1/8 full![…] just a note – there is no cell service.

Reviewed 2 September 2015


“Sandy Beach and driftwood galore!”

Great light walk down hill to the beach and lots of sand to lay a blanket and spend the afternoon! Water is cold but beach is full of polished stones and seaweed and driftwood. Can walk a good distance in either direction. The best sandy beach in the area!

Reviewed 18 August 2015

China Beach

Take a Day Off

The fine sand beach is ideal for picnicking, sandcastle building, wading and relaxing. Pack a lunch and your drinking water and please remember that fires are not permitted on the beach. Take a short walk to the western end of the beach to the waterfall or wander at length to the east. It is possible to walk along the beach between China Beach and Second Beach. Please respect the delicate vegetation and natural and cultural features of this park.

A Land Of Beauty

Vancouver Island is known for its isolated beaches, old growth rainforests and abundant marine life. Glide silently past otters, sea lions and shore birds in their natural surroundings or experience some of the greatest diversity of marine life in North America with an abundance of spectacular dive sites. Or Just sit along the beach and watch the wildlife while relaxing on the sandy shore.

Discover Paradise

Second Beach

More to See

Second Beach is reached from a 1 km trail down from the China Beach campsite via stairs and a fairly steep gravel trail. The 15-20 minute hike (each way) through the mature forest of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and Western red cedar leads visitors to the great rolling breakers of a tumultuous sea.Take a Closer Look ›

Sidetrack Charters

China Beach – Whale Watching

Migration of the


In the spring and fall, look for the magnificent grey whale offshore as it travels along its migratory route. As many as 17,000 of these mammoth creatures travel down the coast throughout the migration period; some, in fact, spend the summer off the shores of Vancouver Island where you can see them at China Beach.Take a Closer Look ›

China Beach

Park Amenities

Available Activities

Saltwater Fishing



Leashed Pets

Wind Surfing

Marine Wildlife Viewing

Road Cycling

Scuba Diving

Interpretive Programs


Wildlife Viewing

Available Facilities

Potable Water

Vehicle Camping


Sani Station/Dump


Picnic Areas

Pit Toilets

Wheelchair Access

Wilderness Camping

Coastal Experiences

Make sure you experience these wild coast array of things to tempt and taunt the senses.

  1. Distinctively Canadian

    Indulge your senses by viewing the most impressive Canadian Art collections, sampling uniquely local flavours, and experiencing our diverse history.

  2. Stay with us

    Whether you want to stay in a cozy bed & breakfast, cottage or inn, or upgrade to one of the many extraordinary resorts or vacation homes – we have it all. It’s easy to spend a relaxing or invigorating vacation here.

  3. Attend a Festival

    Art, music, and culture. Our region is a hot bed of activity year round. With the Tall Trees Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Sooke Fine Arts Show, our many Art festivals, Canada Day, Festival of trees and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival we celebrate our Island culture and environment.

  1. Hike the WCT

    The West Coast Trail is a world renowned backpacking trail. Open from May 1st until September 30th, this gruelling 75 km (47 mi) trek is well worth the challenge for the breathtaking examples of the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

  2. Sea To Sky Hiking

    Discover the raw beauty and uncharted nature of the CRD. From seasoned backpackers to amateur day hikers you can traverse up to the tallest peaks and back down to the rocky shores of the Juan de Fuca by hiking historical trails.

  3. Going Coastal

    Our Coast has long been inspiration to all kinds of musicians, writers and painters. It is not hard to see why – take a walk through ancient forests with gnarled trees and green canopies, explore hidden creeks and spot eagles taking flight or bears ambling through the undergrowth.