Port Renfrew Attractions

Here are some links on ‘Port Renfrew Must See’s’ and more to do, places to dine and see while here in our Port Renfrew area:

Avatar Grove – Dubbed as “The Must See” while in Port Renfew, Avatar Grove is a unique clutch of Old Growth Forest in the Gordon River Valley.  It is home to giant Western Red cedar and rare Douglas Fir trees, therefore, is the focus of efforts to preserve its arboreal riches.  In the upper area, keep an eye out for “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree” — a whimsical knot of twisted cedar. This is a magical place of peace and quiet.  Leave your real-world an avatar behind.  (a 15 minute drive)

Botanical Beach – Is a mind-blowing must-see.  Shady upland trails open to windswept beaches and sandstone moonscapes, especially at low tide.  One of the richest intertidal zones on the West Coast, the tide pools here teem with marine life: giant green anemones, ruby red starfish, and spiny sea urchins. The cavernous basins in the rocks are like the footprints of giants.  Here’s a link to the tidal chart for BB. (a 10 minute drive)  A side note, this is where Ian proposed to me!

The West Coast Trail – Is a hike for those that are outdoor, hiking fanatics.  The West Coast Trail is much more than a breathtakingly beautiful hike. It is also a challenging hiking trail, and requires careful preparation and planning. First, in order to hike all or 1/2 the trail you must reserve your spot through the Parks Canada Website.  The trail is open May through September, is 75 km long and takes 5-7 days to hike.   The terrain is uneven, and you must be prepared for slippery conditions on muddy trails, wooden surfaces, boulders and rocky shorelines.  And it is phenomenal! (a 12 minute drive to Trail head)

The Juan de Fuca Trail –  The Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island offers scenic beauty, spectacular hiking, marine and wildlife viewing and roaring surf in its course along the Pacific coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  There are four main areas to the park: the China Beach Campground, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, the China Beach day-use area and Botanical Beach.


Major features of this park follows 47 kilometres of wilderness stretching along the western shoreline of the southern Island.  

There are four trailheads to the Juan de Fuca Trail at Juan de Fuca East (China Beach), Sombrio BeachParkinson Creek and Botanical Beach. Although most of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is designed for strenuous day or multi-day hiking/camping in this rugged and isolated area, some easy to moderate day hiking opportunities to the beach or along the trail are available starting from the trailheads. (any where from 10 minutes to 55 minutes drive to Trail heads)

Port Renfrew Pub – is the homey gathering place for locals and visitors at the heart of Snuggery Cove.  Friendly and inviting, it’s the sort of place even first-timers swear they’ve been before.  The waterfront pub and restaurant occupies an enviable spot, right next to the dock at the waters edge. The great room — with cathedral ceiling, gleaming 10-tap draught system, pool table and flat screen TVs — offers up micro-brews, tasty fare, and nautical charm.  It is also a ‘Family Friendly’ Pub, so kids are welcome. (a 20 minute walk)

Coastal Kitchen Cafe – Has been a local institution for 15 years. This beachy, laid-back restaurant serves all-day West Coast inspired breakfasts such as Waffles and Eggs Benny.  A selection of healthy to-go salads and sandwiches make it a great stop to refuel before hitting the trails or beaches.  The focus is local: Free range eggs, in-house baking and prompt friendly service.  Fresh ground Fantastico coffee and aromas of fresh baked goods will keep you coming back for more. (a 12 minute walk)

Bridgrmans West Coast Eatery – Located at the Pacific Gateway Marina, Bridgemans boasts on their website as “having great West Coast fare to go with our world class marina. We offer dishes that are imaginative, yet grounded in the unique hard working community we serve. From the greeting you receive until your final goodbye, we’re building bridges one customer at a time.” (a 12 minute walk)

Also, have a look at the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce site, clicking on the ‘Explore’ tab, or see the Sooke to Port Renfew site for more options and ideas. There are tons and tons of things to do, and places to see.

We hope that you are looking forward to your stay.

Again, if you have any questions, just call, text or email one of us, at anytime.
Ian’s cell is 250 652-0777.

Enjoy yourselves!

Jodi Allen
The Great Escape Vacation Rentals
+1 250 883-6970
Jodi@tgevr.com