Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Port Renfrew, British Columbia

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Visit 47 kilometers of rugged coastal hiking along southern Vancouver Island’s west coast. Depending on the time and length of your hike, you may see pristine waterfalls, nesting bald eagles, breaching orcas, pounding surf, and frolicking seals. Whenever you hike, you are guaranteed a rainbow of marine life and scenic coastal as well as forested landscapes. The B.C. Government commissioned Juan de Fuca Trail in 1994 to commemorate the Commonwealth Games. While sections of the trail are gaining popularity (particularly China Beach to Mystic Beach, and sections near Botanical Beach), it is still possible to feel like the last person on earth in many places. Because of its proximity to Victoria and the relative brevity of its trail, Mystic Beach may look like tent city on a weekend.
Hiking Vancouver Island

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Hiking Vancouver Island

by Shannon & Lissa Cowan (Falcon Guides)

Visit 47 kilometers of rugged coastal hiking along southern Vancouver Island’s west coast. Depending on the time and length of your hike, you may see pristine waterfalls, nesting bald eagles, breaching orcas, pounding surf, and frolicking seals. Whenever you hike, you are guaranteed a rainbow of marine life and scenic coastal as well as forested landscapes.

The B.C. Government commissioned Juan de Fuca Trail in 1994 to commemorate the Commonwealth Games. While sections of the trail are gaining popularity (particularly China Beach to Mystic Beach, and sections near Botanical Beach), it is still possible to feel like the last person on earth in many places. Because of its proximity to Victoria and the relative brevity of its trail, Mystic Beach may look like tent city on a weekend.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Renfrew
Distance: 30
Elevation Gain: 525 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 5 days
Season: Year-round; best July to September
Local Contacts: BC Parks
Local Maps: NTS Maps 92 C/9, 92 C/8
Driving Directions: Directions to Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2006
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1st. HEED THE THEFT WARNINGS AT THE TRAIL HEADS. My vehicle (99 Durango) was broken into at km47, the Botanical Beach Lot out of Port Renfrew. I know of another vehicle at one of the mid-way trail heads that was also broken into. RCMP says it's an increasing problem there. 2nd. If you're not from the Northwest, don't underestimate the rain factor... over 36 feet each year (Note: Feet, not inches!) 3rd. Bear Bags (some metal caches are available, mice love them). Vancouver Island has more bears per mile than anywhere else on the planet) 4th. Know the tides and try to walk at low tide. The trail itself is well marked, but poorly maintained. Some minor bridges were broken or missing, steps have eroded, and trail is poorly ditched. Expect deep mud, even if not raining. Also there are numerous fallen trees, and sections of washed out trail that are very difficult, even without a pack. The section from Bear Beach north to Sombrio has about 15 hills, 3 hills in the last 2km. Camping is very limited, especially on the northern half. There is no park camping at Port Renfrew and you will be removed from the trail head if you camp there. Saw Sea Otters, a Bear at the trail head, lots of tide pool biology, great views of the Olympics, and huge old growth rain-forest. Out of the way (not for at least one thief) and a bargain compared to the West-Coast Trail.



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May 2018