Accommodations range from unique West Coast B&Bs to cottages, lodges, hotels and RV campgrounds. There are two local marinas available in Port Renfrew to meet your moorage or launch requirements. It is also the home of Vancouver Island’s best BC charter fishing, whale watching and sightseeing operators.
“Rich tide pools, a shoreline full of life and fantastic geological features impress visitors to Botanical Beach Provincial Park. The abundance of wildlife was what drew researchers to study the area. The area became a Class “A” Provincial Park in 1989; the highest level of protection to a park area. ”
Photo © James Wheeler
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Best Tide pool viewing
First Research station
The best salt water fishing can be found around the Port Renfrew area in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Salmon are plentiful all year round, and also available is excellent bottom fishing of large halibut, ling cod and rock fish. While you’re on the water, keep your eyes wide open for eagles, seals, dolphins, Orcas and waterfowl. Charter fishers are available at great rates. They provide tackle, bait and (for additional charges) freezing, smoking and shipment of your catch.Take a Closer Look ›
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 ›
Kayaking in ocean waters when the weather is calm can be a good way of exploring the West Coast and the caves and arches near Port Renfrew. Or Paddle the sheltered waters of the San Juan and Gordon River or Sea Kayak the outside waters of Port Renfrew. Another world awaits. Tranquil tree lined rivers and inter tidal wetlands to coastal old growth along the ocean.
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