Surrounded by pristine rainforest and scenic ocean vistas, Port Renfrew is a great place to escape from the hustle & bustle of city life. Re-discover the adventure & relaxation that nature can offer.
Port Renfrew, BC is a small, rugged community of 200 residents located on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island where the Strait of Juan de Fuca meets the open Pacific Ocean. Port Renfrew sits in the shelter of Port San Juan and is a two hour drive from Victoria through Sooke, or two hours from Nanaimo through Lake Cowichan.
Situated between the west coast temperate rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, Port Renfrew was built on the logging and fishing industries. Today adventure tourism is a major employer in Port Renfrew, with many people visiting the region for sport fishing, hiking, kayaking and beach combing.
Port Renfrew was a natural place to build Trailhead Resort fishing lodge with fantastic salmon and halibut fishing in the surrounding waters.
Home to the Pacheedaht People (People of the Sea Foam) for centuries, the Spanish and the English explored the local waters in the late 1700s. Settlers came to Vancouver Island's San Juan River Valley in the mid 1800s after being offered homestead land and the promise of a road; however, supplies were delivered by boat for decades to come, as the road was not completed until 1954.
While there was a brief gold rush in 1864-65, logging and fishing have remained the main attractions to the area for settlers over the years. Today, tourists flock to the region for its phenomenal hiking, terrific fishing, and breathtaking scenery. Tourism has now overtaken fishing and logging and has become the number one industry in the area.
Things To Do
Port Renfrew BC is a wilderness adventure destination with lots more to do than fishing. Spend an extra day or two at Trailhead Resort and enjoy some of these other activities: