6528 Cerantes Road, Port Renfrew B.C.
Contact: 250-647-5483 or Toll Free: 1-888-528-0080
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.
Saltwater Fishing
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
Freshwater Fishing
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.

Fairy 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 season.

Juan 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.

Botanical 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 waves.

Other Adventures
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.

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