Port Renfrew has the feel of a remote, laid back coastal community,
where you set your own pace. Surrounded by the ocean and several parks,
there is no shortage of excitement here. Popular activities include
saltwater and freshwater fishing, hiking, beachcombing, and many other
outdoor adventures. We can assist you in arranging any of these activities.
Some of BC's most productive salmon and halibut
fishing grounds are located right off Port Renfrew's majestic coastline.
Every summer, massive runs of salmon migrate down the West Coast of
Vancouver Island, giving anglers the opportunity to get in on the
action just minutes from the marina. Prized for their great strength
and size, chinook salmon average 15-40 lbs, with larger fish landed
each season. In late summer in into fall, the big northern coho salmon
arrive. For many, this is fishing at its peak with nonstop strikes
and tailwalking coho. Weather permitting, boats head 20+ miles offshore
to Swiftsure Banks, a large feeding ground for salmon and halibut.
Anglers who make the trip are usually rewarded with epic catches.
Fishing charters can be booked through www.2reel.ca
Port Renfrew also offers a variety of freshwater
fishing opportunities. The area has 2 rivers, the Gordon and the San
Juan System. These crystal clear rivers offer excellent fall salmon
fishing, and both are accessible by logging road and trails. Cutthroat
trout fishing is also available in the estuaries of both rivers. Check
freshwater regulations for gear restrictions.
Lake and Lizard Lake are within easy driving distance of Port
Renfrew, and rainbow trout can be taken on fly and spinning gear.
These lakes are best fished from a canoe or float tube.
The area is a temperate rainforest has been preserved
with many nearby parks, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
The trailhead for the West
Coast Trail is in Port Renfrew. This world famous hike was
originally a rescue route for survivors of shipwrecks, as this stretch
was known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Now a national park, the
trail winds about 70 km along the some of B.C.'s most spectacular
rugged coastline, backed by old growth forest.
One is in awe at the natural beauty here. On the trail, you will visit
breathtaking waterfalls, stunning beaches with crashing surf and fascinating
chiseled rock formations.
Reservations for this trail are no longer needed during the shoulder
de Fuca Marine Trail is a shorter multi-day hike than West
Coast Trail, running south from Port Renfrew's coastline to Jordan
River. This trail has increased in popularity due to its accessibility
and fantastic coastal scenery. There are wonderful beaches along the
way, including Sombrio and China Beach.
Beach Park is just a few minutes from Botanical Getaway
Guest House. This is a unique and fragile marine ecosystem that gives
visitors the opportunity to study tide pools up close. The craggy
sandstone shoreline has been chiseled from violent winter storms,
creating unique pothole formations in certain areas. Consult tide
tables and visit at low tide to experience the wonders of sea anemones,
small fish, urchins, starfish and other sea life.
At the back of the property of Botanical Getaway Guest House you will
find a path that leads to a lookout and secluded beach. Explore caves
and see the natural tunnel through the rock, along the varied shoreline.
Both are perfect places to watch the sunset and listen to the crashing
Besides the fishing and hiking opportunities,
there are many other adventures that draw people to Port Renfrew.
Every year, thousands of grey whales migrate up Vancouver Island's
west coast. Tours
can be arranged to witness these magnificent creatures up close.
While on the water, you are likely to spot sea lions and seals.
Surfing has increased in popularity in recent years on the southern
part of Vancouver Island. A popular surf break can be found at Sombrio
Beach, about 20 minutes south of Port Renfrew. You can also
see the remnants of abandoned shacks, from a small community who
used to live on the beach. Bring your own board and wetsuit, there
are no rentals here.
Ocean kayaking is a great way to experience the rugged coastline
off the West Coast Trail, or navigate through the river estuaries
and observe the abundant wildlife. Here, you are likely to spot
black bears, eagles, herons and seals. Seasonal kayak rentals are
available in Port Renfrew.
Port Renfrew is home to giant old growth rainforests. Here you can
find Canada's largest Douglas fir at Red Creek.
Come and witness the awesome size of this magnificent tree.