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Port Renfrew, South Coast, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

By Casey Beam

Port Renfrew is situated at the end of the scenic West Coast Road (Hwy 14), on the southwest coastline of Vancouver Island, 107 km northwest of Victoria. Port Renfrew calls itself The Jewel of the West Coast, where you can experience the tranquillity and beauty that has made the West Coast so famous.

Mail addressed to Port San Juan (the original name of the town) frequently found its way to the San Juan Islands in error, causing the settlers in the area to rename their post office Port Renfrew in 1895. Lord Renfrew, who at the time was intending to settle the San Juan Valley with Scottish crofters who were to work the land.

Present day Port Renfrew is best known as being the trailhead for both the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the historic West Coast Trail, a world-famous hiking trail that came into existence in 1907 to help save sailors shipwrecked along the rugged coastline.

The West Coast Trail, lies within the southern boundaries of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada, and runs for almost 77km along the west side of Vancouver Island between Port Renfrew and Bamfield in the north.

If you’re planning to hike the West Coast Trail you should make reservations with the park well in advance. (http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/v.aspx) Also you will need to make arrangements to be transported across Port San Juan to and from the trailhead at the mouth of Gordon River.

The northern terminus of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is located in the opposite direction from the West Coast Trail. This trail leads for almost 30 miles (47 km) along the south-western coast of Vancouver Island, from Botanical Beach to China Beach. Intended to be an alternative to the increasingly popular West Coast Trail, the easiest section of the trail is near its northern terminus at located in the Botanical Beach area.

The Pacific Marine Circle Tour is an excellent way to explore the historic south West Coast of Vancouver Island without having to retrace you route. The wilderness route traces the coastline from Victoria through Sooke and onto Port Renfrew before turning inland and heading towards the Cowichan Valley, before looping back down the Trans-Canada Highway from Duncan to Victoria along the east side of the island.

Port Renfrew has great halibut and salmon fishing. Record catches are not unusual in this area. Cod, bass and crab are also frequently caught by avid saltwater anglers, while the San Juan River offers outstanding freshwater fishing for cutthroat trout and steelhead. Tourist information, supplies, accommodation, camping facilities and fishing charters are all available in Port Renfrew.

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Beam, Casey "Port Renfrew, South Coast, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada." Port Renfrew, South Coast, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. 27 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 4 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/travel-and-leisure/port-renfrew-south-coast-pacific-rim-national-park-vancouver-island-british-columbia-canada/>.

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Beam, C (2010, June 27). Port Renfrew, South Coast, Pacific Rim National Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Retrieved August 4, 2014, from http://uberarticles.com/travel-and-leisure/port-renfrew-south-coast-pacific-rim-national-park-vancouver-island-british-columbia-canada/

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