The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was created through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy as a reminder of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. Preservation of a living legacy of unprecedented natural beauty, accessible to all, was considered a fitting tribute to the spirit of the Games. Construction and preservation of the Trail has been made possible by the efforts of government, local industries, First Nations and citizens. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was originally part of a lifesaving trail that serviced this area, known at the time as the Graveyard of the Pacific.
Lovely walk on the loop trail to Botany Bay and botanical beach. The trail is about 2-3 miles depending on where you stop along the way. Highly recommend doing the loop as you see various old trees and lush ferns and other plants and wild flowers. It’s like stepping into a scene of Jurassic park. The beaches at low tide are incredible. Many rocky outcroppings and lovely scenery abounds. You can see out to the pacific as well as the Olympic peninsula’s end…
Reviewed 25 July 2015
We walked the stretch from China beach to Bear beach and back again. This is a absolutely stunning walk, with a mixture of woodland and coast paths. It had been raining the morning we went, and the path was a bit muddy in places but still passable. Not a route for the casual stroller either, the path can be a little hard going at times, with lots of up and down hill parts, but it’s definitely worth the work…
Reviewed 19 May 2015
I’m a UVic international student coming from Italy. I strongly reccomend this trail to everyone who is looking for a bit of adventure! The landscape is awesome and there are lot of places where you easily can camp! Be careful, if you are not well-trained it would be hard to hike all the trail!
Reviewed 26 March 2014
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing and roaring surf in its course along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. There are four main areas to the park: the China Beach Campground, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the China Beach day-use area and Botanical Beach. A major feature of this park, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, follows 47 kilometres of wilderness stretching along the western shoreline of the southern Island.
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China Beach to Botanical Beach
Enjoy the Ocean
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.
Revel In Paradise
Parkinson Creek trailhead provides access to begin or end a long (ten kilometre) hike to Botanical Beach or a nine kilometre hike to Sombrio Beach. This moderate section of trail takes hikers through regenerating logged areas and old growth forest fringe and along the beautiful rugged shoreline and mature forest. Watch for marine mammals that frequent this area. Take a Closer Look ›
The trail and campsites along the trail are open all year. The China Beach campground does not offer walk-in sites and is closed for the winter. Self-registration envelopes and safes are located at each trailhead on the Juan de Fuca Trail for depositing your camping fee. Cash only (bring exact change). Detailed maps of campsites are installed on the trail at each designated camping location.
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