Posted by: cherylyoung | April 20, 2013

Some people travel the world to find beaches like these. We have them right in our backyard here in bc

 

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 th

e 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 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.

 

China Beach Campground: This area offers vehicle accessible

 

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is located between Victoria and

Port Renfrew on Southern Vancouver Island.

CHERYL C YOUNG

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B

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