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
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
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.
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 ›
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 ›
Marine Wildlife Viewing