There is a hiking trail for just about every difficulty and interest level in the area around Port Renfrew BC.
Whether you are looking to tackle the 77km West Coast Trail, or a simple 20 minute stroll to stunning Botanical Beach, there is something in Port Renfrew for everyone, regardless of ability. As the trailhead for both the historic West Coast Trail and the newer Juan de Fuca Trail, Port Renfrew is a popular place with hikers to stop & enjoy a rest.
Trailhead Resort has comfortable Hiker Huts available, providing tired hikers with a warm, cozy place to rest after an arduous journey along the coast. An overnight stay in the newly constructed huts are a great way to mark the completion of your West Coast adventure.
West Coast Trail
The West Coast Trail starts in Port Renfrew and runs North for 77km towards Bamfield along Vancouver Island's scenic West Coast. The trail was originally built as a life saving trail, connecting Lighthouses, when the waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island were know as "the Graveyard of the Pacific".
The West Coast Trail is a world renowned backpacking route that travels through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, home to Vancouver Island's temperate rainforest. The route winds along Vancouver Island's rugged West Coast with cliffs, waterfalls, caves, unique rock formations and stunning beaches.
There are 6 walk-on spots each day (at both ends), or you can book a reservation in advance to hike this trail through the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Brian has retired the water taxi in order to do more research. You can still charter his vessel for $1800 for up to 12 people which must be pre-booked.
New Water Taxi: Coastal Sea Ventures 778 350-9318, www.coastalseaventures.com
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail winds 47km along the shore, from Botanical Beach in Port Renfrew to China Beach, just outside of Jordan River. There are access points in various locations along this trail, so day trips are possible, or you can choose a 1 to 3 night excursion. While parking is free for day trips, there are fees for camping & overnight parking.