The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Port Renfrew, British Columbia

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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.

The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Port Renfrew
Distance: 29
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Up to 5 days, depending on sections chosen
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 92C049 (Sombrio Point), 092C050 (Jordan River), 092C058 (Port Renfrew), 092C059 (Parkinson Creek), 92C09 (Jordan River), 92C09 (Port Renfrew)
Driving Directions: Directions to The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2009
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Went with three others (two couples) on this hike last week. Was really great. If it has rained before (which it had) would STRONGLY recomend wearing good waterproof boots, and taking walking sticks (or manufacturing them once there from wood). Some really sludgy sections. We didnt see any bears or cougars (we did see some bear pooh) but did see seals, otters, squirrels and other lovable animals. Campsites are all on really nice settings, quite basic, but thats what we wanted. My favourite capsite was in Chin Ceach. We did the trail in four days and three nights, and it just involved one 'heavier' hiking day (the other days were around 10km each). We were averaging a pace of about 3km per hour (were quite young and overtook most groups and families). At the end we went to a pub called the Port Renfrew hotel to celebrate and have a warm meal and beer. The shuttle never turned up to collect us. The trip, in a nutshell, was great, would be eager to repeat it, or move on to the West Coast trail.



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May 2018