The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Like the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail had its origins in the 1889 telegraph line constructed between Victoria and Bamfield. The line was constructed to link the British Empire through a transpacific cable station located at Bamfield. Later the telegraph line was replaced by a telephone line. The trail affords views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, named for the Greek pilot who explored the strait in 1592.
Signage along the trail is excellent, with kilometer markers clearly indicating distance from the trailhead at China Beach. Although you do not need a permit to hike the trail, you do need to register for overnight camping. Campfires are permitted only below the high-water marks on the beach. BC Parks advises that a permit system may be required in the future if the trail becomes crowded and more heavily used. Significant portion of trail on difficult terrain, roots or rocky paths; presence of mud during wet conditions. Beach walking on loose sand or small pebbles. Special features: Sea stacks and other rock formations, suspension bridges, beach walks, tide pools, waterfalls, whales, sea lions."