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Port Renfrew
Travel Guide

Port Renfrew featuring tranquil scenes, mountains and a lake or waterhole

Forests that skim the clouds, rivers rich with salmon and a slew of scenic hiking trails make this a dream destination for outdoor adventurers.

The coastal town of Port Renfrew is surrounded by scenic water and woodlands. Come here to get lost amid gigantic trees or take to the ocean in a kayak or on a surfboard. Whether earth or water is your element, you’ll be astonished by the massive scale of the natural wonders all around.

Wander along rugged cliffs, through untamed forests and up peaks offering panoramic ocean vistas. Get a sense of the lush natural bounty that drew the Pacheedaht First Nations people to settle here, followed by Europeans in the late 18th century.

Big trees, big skies and wide-open waters are the key features of Port Renfrew. Surfers should head to Jordan River to catch giant waves. Hiking the local parks is another way to feel tiny, as some of the world’s tallest trees tower overhead. Look for the record-breaking Red Creek fir and San Juan Sitka spruce. Another big tree with a big personality is Big Lonely Doug, an enormous fir which stands all by itself.

See more big trees in Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, to the north of Port Renfrew. Some of the trees that grow in the park are over 1,000 years old. The Pacific Rim National Park Preserve is famed for its outstanding hiking trails. Set up by Fairy Lake or Lizard Lake and fill your days with canoeing, swimming, fishing and sunbathing.

No matter where you venture, you won’t be far from wildlife. Plan a hike that takes you through countryside alive with elk, deer, eagles and wolves. Or go on a boat tour, where chances are high that either sea lions, seals, humpback whales or even orcas will show their face.

See smaller-scale marine life at Botanical Beach. Spot starfish, sea anemones and mussels hiding among the beach’s rock formations.

The easiest way to get to Port Renfrew is by flying into Victoria and then driving. Expect to spend about 2 hours on the road, driving through some of the most gorgeous countryside imaginable.

West Coast Trail Lodge
West Coast Trail Lodge
3 out of 5
17285 Parkinson Road, Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
The price is £112 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Situated near the beach, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of Port Renfrew Dock and Pacific Gateway Marina. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and Port Renfrew ...

4.4/5Excellent! (101 reviews)

"The lodge was great. Very clean and friendly. Just a quick walk down to the pub. You can hear the waves crashing from the room. It would be nice to have a small breakfast set up since there was no place open for breakfast during our stay."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

West Coast Trail Lodge
Seaside Cottages
Seaside Cottages
3 out of 5
17310 Parkinson Rd, Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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Situated in Port Renfrew, this beach cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Port Renfrew Dock and Pacific Gateway Marina. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and Port ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (99 reviews)

"Beautiful location and very peaceful. Was a bit disappointed after reading previous reviews about cleanliness. I took off my shoes inside the cottage and looked at my white socks and they were black on the bottom! So I don't think the floor had been mopped in a long time. Everything else looked and ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2021

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Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
3.5 out of 5
6574 Baird Rd, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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Situated by the ocean, this cabin is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pacific Gateway Marina and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. San Juan River Estuary ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)

"Lovely and clean. Quaint and highly recommended. Property was just as advertised."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov 2020

Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sandy Feet Retreat- Modern Oceanfront Cottage With Unbeatable Views!
Sandy Feet Retreat- Modern Oceanfront Cottage With Unbeatable Views!
6596 Baird Rd, 212, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC

This family-friendly Port Renfrew cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pacific Gateway Marina, Port Renfrew Beach and Port Renfrew Dock. Juan de Fuca Provincial Park ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Lovely getaway

"Our family of three enjoyed the change of scenery for a couple days at this beautiful cabin on the water. The accomodation was clean, comfortable and well prepared. The fireplace on the deck while watching the Eagles over the water was enjoyable. This was a wonderful place to settle while we visited ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2021

Sandy Feet Retreat- Modern Oceanfront Cottage With Unbeatable Views!
Avatar - Oceanfront Luxury Cottage by Eagle Reach
Avatar - Oceanfront Luxury Cottage by Eagle Reach
6596 Baird Road, 232, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
The price is £332 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

This family-friendly Port Renfrew cottage is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Gateway Marina and Port Renfrew Dock. Port Renfrew ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Enjoyed the view nice place

"Enjoyed the stay and the view."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Avatar - Oceanfront Luxury Cottage by Eagle Reach
#231b - Shore 2 Please - Lower Suite
#231b - Shore 2 Please - Lower Suite
#231B - 6596 Baird Road, Port Renfrew,, BC CANADA, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC

Situated in Port Renfrew, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Gateway Marina and Port Renfrew Dock. Port Renfrew Beach and Juan de Fuca Provincial ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely stay

"It was amazing to spend time in the comfortable, very clean and cozy place amidst nature!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Apr 2021

#231b - Shore 2 Please - Lower Suite
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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