Port Renfrew Travel Guide

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Port Renfrew Things to Do

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    by kehale Written Aug 12, 2014

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    I am positive that Botanical Beach is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever visited! Our friends have brought my husband here a couple of times, and during our camping trip in August of 2014 I was able to experience it first hand as well.
    If you plan to visit you will want to make sure you are aware of when the tide will be out as that is the best time to stroll and explore the beach. When the tide is out there are tons of rock formations (many made from lava flows) that you can walk out onto and check out the tide pools (there are many signs warning you not to disturb the sea life in the tide pools... and you won't need to. Looking is more than enough). We were able to spot a ton of sea urchins, starfish and all kinds of different types of fish and seaweeds. The views were breathtaking and it was fun just ambling over all of the rocks, climbing up and down - definitely a work out. If you have a little one you may want them in a carrier or have someone with you that can help you pass them up, down and over some of the tricker rocky areas - but kids will love it! Don't let all of the climbing deter you from visiting. There is also an option to follow the trail in the woods, however your views will be limited and the experience of visiting the beach will not be the same as if you were to walk out onto the rocks.
    Though the drive to the beach is at least half an hour from China Beach Campground, the beach is considered part of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. So, if you are on the island and plan to do some camping I highly recommend China Beach and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, as there is so much beauty and so much to explore in the area!

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Beaches

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    by Greggor58 Written Nov 5, 2007

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    From Port Renfrew its easy to travel via logging roads to Cowichan Lake and Cowichan Valley.....you can find your way without too much difficulty to get to Duncan as well usiing these roads...and makes for a nice change to paved roads...there are networks of logging roads that are able to be used by normal cars although I would recommend using a 4x4.The roads have sometimes hard to see signs marking the way at forks and intersections...it really doesnt matter too much if you make a wrong turn...unless youre gas tank is close to empty..because you will always end up where you can hit pavement eventually,and that means civilization.

    Along the way on the road to Cowichan Valley watch for this old cedar that has been saved from the loggers saw...along the road at some point you come across a sign thats rather unremarkable and only says..."Point of Interest ahead"...as you continue along you will see a sign that say..."Point of Interest"....so STOP and walk the little path away from the road and you will find this old cedar that sits on the bank of a creek...

    Giant Cedar,Btwn Port Renfrew and Duncan,B.C. Giant Cedar,Btwn Port Renfrew and Duncan,B.C. Lake Cowichan,Vancouver Island,B.C.

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    by Greggor58 Written Nov 5, 2007

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    Jordan River is a tiny community on the South shore of Vancouver Island...between Sooke and Port Renfrew...the mouth of the river opens onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is a spot where people go to surf and just stop and watch the World go by...

    The Jordan River campground is FREE and is set along the beach above the Strait de Juan de Fuca...it looks out on the Strait and the coastal mountains of the Olympic Penninsula.

    The last time that I camped here...I woke as the sun was coming up ...and I had the GREAT fortune to watch a few otter pups playing in the tidal pools above the water,as soon as I was able...much stretching required...[the "beach" was mostly weathered and rounded rocks...and the air matress I slept on WAS NOT the best for sleeping on this stuff!] I grabbed the camera and TRIED to photgraph the otters...I was never able to tell if they were River Otters or Sea Otters but I was excited...this was the FIRST time ever that I had seen any type of otter in its natural environment.In any event....sorrrrrrry...I wont post them....what I will post is pictures of the setting...and the earlyVancouver Island morning...

    Ive stoped here more than a few times to have a coffee and admire the scenery...sometimes depending on the tides and the wave action there are surfers riding the waves...

    This is a GREAT place to stop the car if you're heading through to Port Renfrew or spend a day or two camping if you dont mind the Peace and QUIET!!

    Jordan River,Vancouver Island ,B.C. Jordan River,Vancouver Island ,B.C. Jordan River,Vancouver Island ,B.C.
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Port Renfrew Warnings and Dangers

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    by Greggor58 Written Sep 10, 2008

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    Of Vancouver Island....please be cautious of bear and cougar ...these animals are indigenous to Vancouver Island and are common even sometimes in the cities and towns...

    I just read this story tonight and clipped it for your reading...and comes for CTV News...The story is self-explanatory!

    In Provincial Parks and ANY area where bears or cougars have been sighted recently...Conservation Authorities will post MANY signs warning that there have been bear or cougar sightings recently and take appropriate precautions.

    "Bear boards boat to attack Vancouver Island man"

    "A Vancouver Island fisherman is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by what a wildlife conservation officer said was an unusually aggressive black bear.

    A black bear attacked a Vancouver Island fisherman Tuesday, after climbing onto the deck of his boat.

    A black bear attacked a Vancouver Island fisherman Tuesday, after climbing onto the deck of his boat.

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    The attack occurred on Tuesday evening, moments after the fisherman boarded his boat.

    The boat was tied up in a marina near Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

    Most likely the bear was drawn to the smell of salmon, swimming to the marina and climbed onto the deck of the boat.

    Even after the 52-year-old fisherman tossed his salmon in the water, the bear continued to attack.

    Vancouver Island conservation officer Gordon Hitchcock said it took several men to pry the black bear off the fisherman, who was later flown to a hospital in Victoria.

    "This -- for Vancouver Island -- is not your typical black bear behaviour,'' Hitchcock told reporters.

    When wildlife conservation officers arrived at the scene, they found the bear had died from injuries sustained from knives and hammers, which the fisherman had used to subdue him.

    Hitchcock said it is highly unusual for someone on Vancouver Island to be attacked by a bear while on a boat. "It appears to not have been in good health,'' said Hitchcock, who described the bear as an adult male.

    The animal was undergoing a necropsy in Nanaimo Wednesday morning to determine what prompted the mauling. The fisherman was conscious when he was flown to Royal Jubilee hospital in Victoria.

    But his name has not yet been released."

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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Backpacking
    • Whale Watching

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    by Greggor58 Written Aug 12, 2007

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    You need to be aware of the changes in tidal levels along this shorline.Its is easy...and its happend to me once...I was working myself along the jagged shorline...some places are like small fjords...and if you happen to get yourself out to the end of one...as I did to sit and watch a calf and an adult Grey whale..you need to be wary of the changes over even a short amount of time..as little as an hour and the path that you used to get yourself there could easily be covered in water that is a few feet deep...so you can be cuttoff by the changing tides..

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    by Greggor58 Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Be wary when hiking along the ocean,some trails enable close proximity to the sea side...be watchful of rogue waves ...Large and spontaneous,these waves have the force to pull people easily off the rocks if they are too close when one hits shore.
    Remember...this is the first landfall that the North Pacific encounters on North American land.

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