The West Coast Highway travels 75 kilometers (45 miles) from the urban areas just to the west of Victoria, BC’s capital and second biggest city, out to the wild and stormy Pacific on the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island. This drive is challenging with steep grades, tight corners, and numerous one-lane bridges, but the scenic rewards along the way are well worth the effort. Despite the fact that it runs along the waterfront for almost its entire length, much of the ocean views are blocked by forest.
To really see, and more importantly feel, the Pacific you must take any of the access roads that branch off the highway and head down to the ocean. Special attractions: Access to west coast beaches, the waterfront trails in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Botanical Beach, and the chance to see whales and other marine life. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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