Port Renfrew

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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 CA $148 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (132 reviews)
"beautiful setting. The place was very well appointed and clean."

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2021

West Coast Trail Lodge
Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
3.5 out of 5
6574 Baird Rd, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (52 reviews)
"Amazing and stunning property. This place feel like away from reality. All equipped. Very clean and comfortable. Love this place"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2021

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Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
Seaside Cottages
Seaside Cottages
3 out of 5
17310 Parkinson Rd, Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"The property is on the water and very peaceful. It is a great location to explore Port Renfrew. You can walk to one of the few restaurants available in the area. The service desk is not onsite. The internet is slow and unreliable. They really need to mop the floors when they clean the rooms."

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2021

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Botany Bay - Oceanfront Luxury Cabin by Eagle Reach
Botany Bay - Oceanfront Luxury Cabin by Eagle Reach
Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
The price is CA $360 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Pacific Gateway Marina and Port Renfrew Dock. Port Renfrew Beach and Juan ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (6 reviews)
Amazing view
"Wonderfully furnished with a very comfortable king size bed, everything that we needed was there. Great location for walking to the Renfrew Pub or the beach, and only a block away from a coffee shop that served specialty coffees. We love Port Renfrew for a 3 day getaway and this cottage was very ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 20, 2021

Botany Bay - Oceanfront Luxury Cabin by Eagle Reach
Seaside Cottages
Seaside Cottages
3 out of 5
17310 Parkinson Rd, Port Renfrew, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"The property is on the water and very peaceful. It is a great location to explore Port Renfrew. You can walk to one of the few restaurants available in the area. The service desk is not onsite. The internet is slow and unreliable. They really need to mop the floors when they clean the rooms."

Reviewed on Oct. 9, 2021

Seaside Cottages
Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
Handsome Dan's Port Renfrew
3.5 out of 5
6574 Baird Rd, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, BC
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (52 reviews)
"Amazing and stunning property. This place feel like away from reality. All equipped. Very clean and comfortable. Love this place"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2021

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.

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