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Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing, and roaring surf along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca on southern Vancouver Island.
A major feature of this magnificent coastal park is the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a popular 47-kilometre wilderness hiking trail stretching along the western shoreline of southwest Vancouver Island.
This ambitious trail has only been opened since 1995 and is still in its formative stages. Intended to be an alternative to the increasingly popular West Coast Trail, long stretches of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail lead through cedar-cut slopes above the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This 707-hectare park extends from China Beach, just west of the community of Jordan River, to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew. The park protects black bear and cougar habitat, and significant marine tidal pool life at Botanical Beach.
There are four trailheads to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, at China Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach. Although most of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed for strenuous day or multi-day hiking in this rugged and isolated area, some easy to moderate day hiking opportunities to the beach, or along the trail, are available from any of the four trailheads.
Parkinson Creek trailhead provides access to begin or end a day-long hike westward to Botanical Beach (10 km), or a 9 km hike eastwards to Sombrio Beach. This is a moderate section of the Juan de Fuca Marine trail, through beautiful mature forest. Watch for the marine animals that frequent this area. Sombrio Beach is a large cobble beach and an easy 10-minute walk (one way) along the trail from the parking lot. Explore the beach, camp, surf or hike along the beach.
Shellfish or other plants and animals may not be harvested. They form an important part of the area’s natural environment and are protected under the Provincial Park Act. Remember this is a wilderness area, black bear and cougar may be present. As a precaution, it is recommended that you leave pets at home. Keep young children from wandering alone into brush areas.
Terrific views can be seen from many points along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, particularly at the Loss Creek Suspension Bridge and the Minute Creek Suspension Bridge.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail also offers spectacular views of the coastline, the Juan de Fuca Strait, and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State in the US. Marine birds and other wildlife can be seen in the park, and whales can be viewed from the park coastline.
Botanical Beach – Juan de Fuca Provincial Park offers one of the richest tidal areas found along the west coast, and opportunities for viewing in these tide pools is excellent. A low tide of 1.2 meters or less is best for viewing. When visiting Botanical Beach, please look in the tide pools only – do not touch the marine life. Do not remove, collect or disturb any tide pool life, shells, plants, flowers, kelp, etc. Even touching the water in a tide pool with sunscreen on your hands can create an ‘oil slick’ that could kill the vulnerable creatures in this sensitive ecosystem.
Wilderness/walk-in campsites are provided, but no designated group campsites are available. Overnight camping in your vehicle is allowed at China Beach, Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Beach. Day-use recreation facilities at the four trailheads include parking and pit toilets. Small fires are only permitted on beaches below high tide mark. No fires are permitted at Botanical Beach. Use driftwood for fires – do not cut trees or snags. Portable campstoves for cooking will be required at some campsites.
Juan de Fuca Trail: No vehicle accessible camping except at three of the trailhead parking lots – Juan de Fuca East (China Beach), Sombrio Beach and Parkinson Creek. These areas are for self-contained units only. Open all year. Fees collected year round for wilderness walk-in camping. Self-registration envelopes and safes are located at each trailhead for depositing your camping fee. Fees collected at China Beach (Juan de Fuca East), Parkinson Creek, Sombrio Beach and Botanical Beach trailheads.
China Beach Campground: This area offers vehicle accessible campsites. The campground is located in a forested area with open understory just east of the China Beach day-use area and Juan de Fuca East trailhead. Open and fees for services collected May 15 to September 15. On October 1, campground gate is locked. Check in for reservation holders is 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Check out time is 11:00 a.m. Gates open 7:00 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.
Note that there is no camping permissible at the western trailhead of the Juan De Fuca Marine Trail at Botanical Beach.
Beach Sites: Camping at Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Chin Beach and Sombrio Beach (East) is available on the beach. Please use camping pads at West Sombrio camping area; otherwise there are no designated sites. Remember to camp on the beach to prevent degradation of the forest vegetation.
Forest Sites: Camping at Little Kuitsche Creek and Payzant Creek is in the forest and away from the beach. There is limited shoreline access at Little Kuitsche Creek and no shoreline access at Payzant Creek. Fires are not permitted at these sites. A portable campstove will be required for cooking. Camp only on designated tent pads.
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is located between Victoria and Port Renfrew on Southern Vancouver Island. The park is accessed by vehicle at various points along West Coast Highway 14, between Jordan River and Port Renfrew.
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