Adventure

Explore the wild tangles of trees, rugged rocks, and fierce surf with local legends and expert guides. From self-taught passionate Renfrewers to certified Wilderness Naturalists, these are the people who know the place and past, bringing it to life through the sights and sounds of majestic nature.

Whale Watching Tours

From spy-hopping to tail-slapping

Explore our West Coast waters and discover the wildlife, history, and geography firsthand. While whales spout, glimpse eagles in the air and black bears playing hide and seek in the majestic Old Growth forests that fringe the coastline. Learn how First Nations ancestors shaped the land and sight iconic landmarks like the Carmanah Point Light Station.

Reservations available starting June 2.

WHAT’S IN STORE

  • 12 passenger zodiac vessel (Transport Canada Certified)
  • 3.5 hour adventure
  • Daily departures from our on-site marina (May-September)
  • Majestic animals
  • Breathtaking views
  • Unforgettable history

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Warm layers
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water

RATES

  • Adults (15+) $129
  • Kids (6–14) $99
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Paddle Sports Rentals

Paddle amongst the Wilderness

We offer the equipment so you can create your own unique adventure. Feel the ocean’s energy beneath your feet as you paddle where the rugged coastline meets the tranquil estuaries of Vancouver Island or paddle the calm waters of one of our serene lakes. You can witness firsthand the West Coast’s ecology from a sit-on-top kayak or from the deck of a stand-up paddle board. From this vantage, you can experience the water and spot wildlife from a new perspective.

Rentals available starting June 2.

WHAT’S IN STORE

  • Sit-On-Top Kayaks
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boards
  • Half and Full day rentals (June-September)
  • Rentals include paddle & lifejacket
  • Majestic animals
  • Breathtaking views
  • *Equipment transportation is not included*

WHAT TO BRING

  • Waterproof Camera
  • Dry Bag
  • Quick Dry or Swimming Clothing
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water
  • Straps or Tie Downs for transportation of equipment

RATES

Half Day Rentals

  • Kayaks $40
  • SUP $40

Full Day Rentals

  • Kayaks $60
  • SUP $60
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bike rentals

Just enjoy the ride!

This adventure is yours to create! Discover the Port Renfrew area while cruising the winding roads on one of our standard or electric-assist bikes. Whether it’s big trees, powerful seas, or peaceful lakes you’re looking for, let us help you ride there in style.

Rentals available starting June 2.

WHAT’S IN STORE

  • Standard Bikes
  • Half and full day rentals (June-September)
  • Rentals include helmet & lock
  • Breathtaking views
  • *Equipment transportation is not included*

WHAT TO BRING

  • Camera
  • Small Day Pack
  • Proper Footwear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water
  • Bike rack if transporting the equipment

RATES

Half Day Rentals

  • Standard Bike $25

Full Day Rentals

  • Standard Bike $45
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Explore

Big Trees and Big Seas at our front door

We are not the boastful kind, but when it comes to the size and scale of nature found here, we are in a league of our own. It is little wonder these aromatic forests are compared with royalty: crowns, towers, kings. Our beaches are protected homes to hundreds of species of plants and animals. It is also the terminus for the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and West Coast Trail. Hours of fun for beachcombers of all ages can be had.

Avatar Grove

Dubbed the “Cathedral Grove of Port Renfrew,” Avatar Grove is a unique clutch of old growth in the Gordon River Valley. It is home to giant Western Red cedar and rare Douglas fir, therefore, is the focus of efforts to preserve its arboreal riches. Keep an eye out for “Canada’s Gnarliest Tree” — a whimsical knot of twisted cedar. This is a magical place to peace out and leave your real-world avatar behind.

Avatar Grove and Big Trees Map

Lonely Doug

The lone tree in an expansive clear cut, Big Lonely Doug stands four metres wide and 70 metres tall, the second-largest Douglas Fir in the country – its towering rival, Red Creek Fir, lives just a valley away. A thousand years in the making, Doug could have fetched tens of thousands in timber, instead, one logger fought to protect it and now, it draws tree lovers into the clearing.

Big Trees Map

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach (and adjacent Botany Bay) is a mind-blowing must-see. Shady upland trails open to windswept beaches and sandstone moonscapes. One of the richest intertidal zones on the West Coast, the tide pools here teem with marine life: giant green anemones, ruby red starfish, and spiny sea urchins. The cavernous basins are like the footprints of giants.

Botanical Beach

Surfing

Surfing is the stuff of legend on Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast. Here, it is an all-season affair; we’re not afraid of a little cold water. Port Renfrew’s two river mouths ― the San Juan and the Gordon River ― are drop-in havens northwest of town. The Gordon is where you will find local surfers ripping it up. Jordan River and Sombrio Beach are storied West Coast Road surf spots.

Port Renfrew Surf Report and Forecasting

Jordan River Surf Report and Forecasting

Somberio Beach Surf Report and Forecasting

Hit the Trails

Port Renfrew is a hiking hotspot nestled between two of the most beloved and intensive coastal trailheads in the world: West Coast Trail and Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Still, there is a path for everyone nearby, from walkie-talkie 20-minute strolls to half-day climbs. Keep your eyes peeled, as the many different landscapes host a unique and stunning diversity of flora and fauna.The options are as varied as our visitors, so pick a favourite or two.

 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Parks Canada Reservation System

West Coast Trail

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.

West Coast Trail

Juan de Fuca Trail

Newer and shorter than the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is no less spectacular. With many day use options, with easy to moderate access, this is a great option for the whole family. 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.

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

Park Map

Lakes

With names like Fairy Lake and Lizard Lake, there is surely magic here. The popular swimming, camping, and paddle spots are just a stone’s throw from town. In warmer months, visitors and locals recline on their sandy shores. You can’t miss the lone tree growing from a rock in the middle of Fairy Lake. Lizard Lake comes by its name honestly: amateur sleuths can try their hand tracking the resident newts (salamanders). The lakes are prime spots for trout fishing — if lizard-spotting isn’t your thing.

Fairy Lake Map 

Lizard Lake