Hiking In Port Renfrew


The West Coast Trail is an internationally acclaimed hiking trail that retraces an old telegraph route that once connected Victoria with Cape Beale near Bamfield. Once used as a safety route for survivors of coastal shipwrecks, the trail takes the hiker along the wild and remote west coast of Vancouver Island through cedar, hemlock and spruce forests, along cliffs, beaches and sandstone ledges and over suspension bridges spanning rivers and flowing streams.

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This hiking area stretches along 47 kilometres of wild and beautiful rainforest coastline, cradled between Port Renfrew at the west end and Jordan River at the east end. West Coast rainforests with giant cedars and beautiful white sand beaches are two of the many features one will encounter as the unforgettable experience of hiking this trail begins to take hold.


Parkinson Creek Trailhead is located at Kilometer 37.6 of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. From here you can hike east to Sombrio or west to Botanical Beach. There are 2 campsites nearby – Payzant Creek at Kilometer 40 and Little Kuitsche Creek at Kilometer 33.5. This moderate section of trail takes hikers through regenerating logged areas and old growth forest fringe and along the beautiful rugged shoreline. Watch for marine mammals that frequent this area.