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Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is situated on the West Coast of southern Vancouver Island about 60 km (37.5 miles) north of Victoria on Hwy 14.

Travelling Here
In order to get to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, you have to travel either from Duncan or Victoria. From Victoria, take Hwy 14 through Langford and Metchosin to Sooke, then the West Coast Hwy to just north of Jordan River, about 1.5 hours driving time to the south end of the park at China Beach. From Duncan, travel to Lake Cowichan then to Mesachie Lake and take the mostly paved and seal-coated forestry road towards Port Renfrew, about an hour's driving time to Botanical Beach.

Highlights of the Park
The highlights of the park include the 47 km (29 miles) Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the widely popular beaches and surf areas found at Sombrio Beach, Mystic Beach, Bear Beach and China Beach plus the nature reserve at the north end at Botanical Beach.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is linked together by the Juan de Fuca Trail that was formed in 1994 by the Commonwealth Nature Legacy. The trail encompasses a section of the historic 'Life Saving Trail' which was used in the past by stranded sailors wrecked from sailing along a treacherous ocean coastline nicknamed the 'Graveyard of the Pacific.'

Ocean and Forested Sections
The trail takes a hiker along the oceanfront through first- and second-growth forest with sections of beach and forested trails along the way. Sections of the trail can be muddy, especially with the heavy rain experienced here and there are frequent sightings of bears, whales, bald eagles, other birds and wildlife including the possibility of cougars and wolves. During high tides care must also be given to getting off the beach which could prove dangerous, especially for rogue waves.

Botanical Beach
Botanical Beach is located at the north end of the Juan de Fuca Provincial Trail about 6 km (4 miles) from Port Renfrew. To get here, turn at Cerantes Road which is right by the Port Renfrew Hotel, then travel on the seal-coated Botanical Beach Road to the parking lot. The parking lot is quite large to accommodate RV vehicles and features a number of picnic tables, some experiencing ocean views.

University of Minnesota
Botanical Beach was first established as a marine research station by the University of Minnesota in 1900. Now Botanical Beach is part of the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and can give you access to a wide array of tidal life that live in the various geological formations. Different colonies of sea life are found throughout the eroded sandstone coastline shelves.

Botany Bay Loop Trail
Make sure when you walk into Botanical Beach that you take the loop trail from the main parking lot. The trail will take you through a beautifully forested setting green with salal, ferns and several species of trees to the edge of Botanical Beach travelling along a slight bluff with panoramic views of another beach found at Botany Bay.

Photographers Dream
This place is a photographers' dream - from the close ups of the still. aquatic sea life in the tidal pools to the faces of terrestrials formed in the eroded cliffs. Just a reminder, the mist and the air along the sandstone shelves can contain lots of salt water so you might want to bring the proper cleaner and cloth to clean your camera lens for the perfect photos.

Low Tide
The best time for you to visit Botanical Beach is during a low tide so check the tide schedule. Remember this is the West Coast and sometimes it can be dangerous and rainy. Please take caution, especially near the blowholes and against the sandstone shoreline for the inevitable rogue waves where you could be swept out to sea. Also, it is very important for you to watch your children to avoid accidents and dogs are required to be on a leash.

Parkinson Creek and Sombrio Beach
Other trailheads can be accessed and parking lots found besides Botanical Beach either at Parkinson Creek, Sombrio Beach and China Beach. If you are travelling south from Port Renfrew to find these access points a number of the road signs are missing for Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Creek and careful attention needs to be given for directions to the beach and trailhead areas.

Campgrounds
There is a BC Parks vehicle-accessible campground found at China Beach. The facility features is managed by R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd., and features 78 campsites available with reservations taken by Discover Camping. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park also has walk-in wilderness campgrounds situated along the ocean at Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, China Beach where there is an emergency shelter and East Sombrio Beach plus forested campsites at Little Kuitsche Creek and Payzant Creek.

Fees
Remember, if you do intend to leave your car at a trailhead parking lot, bring some cash or change for paying either wilderness campsite or vehicle parking. If you are hiking a wilderness campsite pass, includes the parking fee.

Jordan River
If you find that the vehicle-accessible campground at China Beach is full, there is also an oceanfront facility situated along the pebble beach located at Jordan River. The popular campground is operated by Western Forest Products and offers beachfront campsites with fire-pits situated near where Jordan River empties out.

Information on Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

 

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

 

Botanical Beach Tidal Pools
Botanical Beach Tidal Pools

 

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

 

China Beach
China Beach

 

Botanical Beach
Botanical Beach

 

Tidal Life at Botanical Beach
Tidal Life at Botanical Beach

 

China Beach
China Beach

 

Parkinson Creek
Parkinson Creek

 

Mystic Beach Wilderness Campsite
Mystic Beach Wilderness Campsite

 
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