Internet & cell service

Here, we’re more landline than app, more 3-D nature than 3-D printer. Reliable cell service is not available in Port Renfrew, though access to high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi is offered by many local lodgings and businesses. Wi-Fi extends to our beaches, so you’ll have access when you need it.

Time out from tech means more time to relax and gear down. It’s a stepping away, but we think an opportunity to move closer to something, too.

Infrastructure

The village is home to a post office, a pub, cafés and eateries, an elementary school, a library and a general store. A range of lodgings, services and outfitters help visitors get into the great outdoors.

Banking

It used to be there was one ATM in town and, at times, it ran out of cash. Now, you can find fully loaded versions at The Renfrew Pub and the Coastal Kitchen Café. Rest assured: major bank and credit cards are widely accepted — we’re not that far off the grid.

Gas

Renfrew is without a gas station. Between May and October, you can fill up at the nearby Pacific Gateway Marina or Port Renfrew Marina. Outside of town, you won’t find another option before Sooke or Lake Cowichan, so keep an eye on your gauge.

Groceries, beer and wine

The Port Renfrew General Store (“The Everything Store”) is the place to pick up groceries, ice, beer, wine and bait.

Pets

Many Renfrew lodgings are pet-friendly and some even cater to your best friend.

In wilderness areas, you’ll want to keep your pets under control for their safety and to minimize damage to fragile ecosystems. Always respect posted signage.

It’s best to leave pets at home when heading into backcountry areas — especially bear and cougar habitat — to avoid wildlife interactions.

Vehicles

A car is sufficient for getting around in most areas near town. If you’re venturing further afield (say, via logging roads) a more robust 4×4 vehicle is recommended. Check for the latest conditions and keep an emergency kit handy.

Marinas & moorage

The new Pacific Gateway Marina is next door to the Wild Coast Cottages. The Port Renfrew Marina and RV Park is in an estuary of the San Juan River near active fishing grounds. Both seasonal marinas offer moorage and fuel. The Pacheedaht First Nation also operates a marina and boat launch.

Additional moorage is now available at the public wharf next to the pier and The Renfrew Pub.