China Beach Camping

China Beach Camping
China Beach is part of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The China Beach area of the park is available for day use and drive-in camping. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is on the southeastern side of Vancouver Island. The region is known for rainy weather, so come prepared with appropriate gear for the coastal temperate rain forest. Camping at China Beach and in the park is allowed.

China Beach Campground

The China Beach Campground is open from May 14 through Sept. 15 each year. Reservations for 20 of the available 75 campsites may be made online. The remaining campsites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites fill up quickly and are hard to get during busy summer weekends. Get to the campground in the early morning to get spots if you do not have a reservation. There are toilets, showers, water taps, fire rings and grills and picnic tables available. Pets are allowed if leashed. Drop a sea kayak into the waters to explore, or fish form the campground.


Juan de Fuca Trail Camping

Portions of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail are open for walk-in and tent camping. China Beach sections are open for beach camping. Bring water filters, and practice leave no trace ethics. Pack out what you pack in. Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, China Beach and Sombrio Beach camping from the trail do not require you to stay at hardened sites. Rangers request you camp at the beach in these areas to prevent forest erosion and vegetation degradation. Bring portable camp stoves for cooking.

Winter Camping

Winter camping is allowed at the vehicle campgrounds along the China Beach area. Toilets are available but showers are closed. Pets are allowed during winter, if leashed. Tent camping along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and China Beach region is allowed during winter. Bring water filters, camp stoves and prepare for driving rain, wind and cold weather. Campsites are first-come, first-served during winter.

Contact Information

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
Capital H (Part 2)
Port Renfrew, BC V0S 1K0Canada‎


Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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