Hit the trails

Port Renfrew is a hiking hotspot nestled between two of the most beloved (and intensive) coastal trailheads in the world: the West Coast Trail and Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Still, there’s a path for everyone nearby, from walkie-talkie 20-minute strolls to half-day climbs. The options are as varied as our visitors, so pick a favourite or two.

West Coast Trail | Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Few wilderness experiences rival the iconic West Coast Trail (WCT). Built to bail shipwreck survivors from wild Pacific waters, the WCT hugs 75 kilometres of high-drama coastline from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. Part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, it traces traditional First Nations routes and treats experienced backpackers to some of the most rugged and compelling terrain in the world. Complete it and you can cross a biggie off your bucket list. Renfrew is the perfect place to fuel up before you go.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail | Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

Newer and shorter than the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is no less spectacular. It’s also no walk in the park. Serious gear and serious fitness are required to complete the entire 47-kilometre trail with a smile. Beginning at China Beach and terminating at the Botanical Beach parking lot, there are plenty of options for unforgettable day hikes and sleepovers in between. Renfrew is the perfect spot to reward your hard work.