The Great Escape Shirley Must See’s

Here are some links on ‘Shirley Must Sees’ and more to do and
see while here in our area:

Avatar Grove – Dubbed as “The Must See” while in Port Renfrew, 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. (75 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. (70 minute drive) A side note, this is where I proposed to Jodi!

French Beach and China Beach – Both are spectacular and fairly close by, in comparison to Botanical Beach! (12-20 minute drive)

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 Beach, Parkinson 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. (20 minute drive to Trail head at China Beach)

Muir Beach – a 10-15 walk from the Coach where you can see some spectacular sun sets and often ‘sea lions’.

Sheringham Point Lighthouse – Is in the process of being restored and has spectacular views.

Foggy Mountain Forge – If you enjoy seeing metal Mastercraftsmen at work and their results, this is a must see. This is a full-time father-and-son blacksmith duo that are true Masters. Go see something out of the ordinary. (10 minute drive) And there are lots of walking trails in the forest, right behind where the Coach is located. Lots to see.

On cool places to eat near by, Shirley Delicious, at the corner of West Coast Road and Sheringham Point Road, is a must stop! Good food and coffee, with a fabulous atmosphere. (8 minute drive) Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria had the best pizza around and the staff is awesome! They are closed Jan 1 to Apr 31 each year. (10 minute drive)

Also, have a look at the Sooke to Port Renfew site, or the Port Renfrew site for more options and ideas. There are tons and tons of things to do, and places to see around us.

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. My cell is 250 883-6970.


Jodi Allen
The Great Escape Vacation Rentals
+1 250-883-6970