The 10 Best Things to Do in Port Renfrew, British Columbia

Port Renfrew is a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, located about a 2-hour drive west of Victoria, British Columbia. Port Renfrew is the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail.

1. Botanical Beach Provincial Park

Juan de Fuca Trail, Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
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Botanical Beach Provincial Park

Reviewed By 874kathies - Urbandale, IowaUrbandale, Iowa

Hurried Bliss

We tried to arrive at low tide and by the time we arrived the tide was just coming in. We were able to get some great photos and enjoy the tidal pools. The walk down and back was not difficult and the scenery, eagles, vegetation, ease of walking all combi

2. Avatar Grove

Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks, Forests
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Avatar Grove

Reviewed By pathwaysVancouver - vancouvervancouver

Gratitude for Gnarly

Didn't know a whole lot about gnarly trees but are now informed and impressed with what the Ancient forest Alliance (TJ of Big Tree Tours) have built to open up the forest for others to enjoy and to marvel at these beautiful gnarly giants. This is worth a

3. Sombrio Beach

West Coast Road, Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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Sombrio Beach

Reviewed By DIANE M - Port Renfrew, CanadaPort Renfrew, Canada

Beauty at the beach with the Beast

Spent the weekend with my husband and Great Pyrenees Aspen Sebastian walking and hiking hanging out on the beaches on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Everyone enjoyed themselves lovely place to take your pet and even better place to convene with natur

4. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Cowichan Valley F, Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada Nature & Parks, National Parks, Forests
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Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park

Reviewed By Jenelle K - Victoria, British Columbia, CanadaVictoria, British Columbia, Canada

Rough road to a magical place

This park is truely one of the Island's gems. The board walks are flat and easy to navigate to the beautiful trees that are hundreds of years old. The mist through the trees gives the place an ethereal quality. The places makes you stop and appreciate the

5. Big Tree Tours

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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Big Tree Tours

Enjoy a guided day trip to see Port Renfrew's biggest trees, coastal beaches, and incredible wildlife with renowned nature photographer TJ Watt. Visit the Avatar Grove, San Juan Spruce, Red Creek Fir, Sombrio Beach, and more! Transportation included. Seasonal operation.

Reviewed By MCITiger - Kansas City, MissouriKansas City, Missouri

Phenomenal day with the trees and tidal pools

We spent an incredible day away from the Victoria hustle and bustle with TJ, who knows the Port Renfrew tall trees and Botanical Beach tidal pools like no one else. Absolutely set a date with TJ and drive up to Port Renfrew. So glad you enjoyed the day! I had great time exploring Port Renfrew with you as well. If you ever need to escape the Kansas City heat again, be sure to come back up to the wild coast of BC! The trees and sea will be waiting for you!

6. McKenna Sportfishing

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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McKenna Sportfishing

Kevin has been fishing his whole life and is located in Port Renfrew BC and fishing off the west coast of Vancouver Island. With over 20 years of professional fish guiding experience Kevin would love to share his knowledge of the waters with YOU!

Reviewed By RobM3553

Unforgettable

Our trip with Kevin was Fantastic ! , He does his homework know where the fish are and its not just lip service . We came in with our limited of Halibut while the rest of the fleet was coming in with hunched shoulders ....and it wasn't from playing fish. He's got a great personality and will tell you how it is no sugar coating so if you can't take a wee bit of heat and dish some back stay home with mom. (lol)What you can expect is some great West Coast fishing , with a hell of Captain that will send you home with some great West Coast tails of adventure Great memories and FISH!Thank you so much for the review! Hope to see you and your family again for fishing, and I will do my absolute best for you.

7. No Bananas Fishing Charters

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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No Bananas Fishing Charters

Reviewed By deewar25 - Victoria, CanadaVictoria, Canada

Fishing machine in his element

Went out for one of several annual boys trips booked with No Bananas. The guy lives eats, sleeps, and breathes fishing and puts on an incredible show out there. Port Renfrew has big fishing grounds and it takes incredible knowledge to know where to be at the right time - he always seems to be at that place even in times when other fisherman come back empty. His boat is perfect for the big waters, plenty of height, plenty of space, well equipped with full walk around ability, and you can be out there in 10 foot seas and still feel totally safe. Our trip this time around started out at the beach and it was almost immediate action one after another with barely 5-10min between hits. This continues out on the banks running plugs with even larger non-stop salmon to mid 20's and while the halibut wasn't as easy this time around, rarely is that a battle.The other thing I appreciate is that Trevor doesn't keep everything secret, he will gladly educate and show you what he is doing, leader lengths, bait rigging, rolls, he is patient and a great instructor. What blows you away is the ease with what he does out there. The wind can be howling, the rain pouring, it could be cold and miserable and his fingers are like prunes, but he is still out there baiting lures like a pro and putting in 100% dealing with whatever bit of chaos gets thrown his way while still getting you into fish.If you are fishing the big waters of Renfrew, you have to go out on a boat that is sea worthy, with a charter that knows exactly what he is doing. There are some great charters out there, but Banana's would be my #1 choice. Just remember....no bananas!

8. Marcus Kennett Fishing Charters

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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Marcus Kennett Fishing Charters

Reviewed By dickensont - Whangaroa, New ZealandWhangaroa, New Zealand

Great Day Fishing!

I'd never been to Port Renfrew, but I fish a lot in the Puget Sound and on the west coast of Vancouver Island, so I planned a trip with my father-in-law and two sons to Port Renfew. We booked a one day halibut/salmon trip with Marcus and were very pleased. I've worked with plenty of guides and Marcus was friendly, easy to work with, and worked very hard for us. One reason I chose him was we wanted to go out to the Swiftsure Banks which are about an hour out towards the Pacific and Marcus runs a very nice 26' Glacier Bay Catamaran (called "Bad Dog"). I'd never fished on one, but heard they they were very stable. Not only was Bad Dog stable, it was also very fast. We got out to the bank much faster than many boats would. We spent the day on the bank fishing first for halibut and then for salmon. Two of us got halibut, not huge, but great to have. The bonus was we caught several pretty big true cod, which Marcus said he hadn't seen on the bank for about eight years. When we switched to salmon, he was able to run four lines (stacked on his two downriggers) which meant we had a lot of chances for salmon. We worked at it and they weren't huge, but we limited for four people (2 chinook each) which isn't easy. Marcus seemed to know the other guides and have good rapport with them (which can help when looking for the fish). And when we came back to the dock, quite a few people were impressed by our wheelbarrow full of fish which meant we had done better than most. Marcus referred us over to a processor who would fillet, portion, vac-pack, and freeze our catch. A good time was had by all. I can definitely recommend Marcus.

9. Vicious Fish Charters

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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Vicious Fish Charters

Join Captain Des Hatchard for a great day's fishing for up to 8 guests. Our two welded aluminum boats are set up with your comfort, safety, and fishing success in mind -- built to the latest Coast Guard standards, equipped with a head (toilet), and decked out with all the latest electronics, i.e., radar, colour fish finder, and GPS plotter.We depart from Port Renfrew daily.

Reviewed By VicBCRes - Victoria, BCVictoria, BC

Awesome trip for all ages

We had family from out of town visiting who wanted to try their luck with salmon fishing. It was a rainy morning and Des got us all suited in rain gear before we headed out. We were travelling with two little girls who were able to sit inside keep warm, dry and play at the table. Very quickly I could see Des has this fishing thing down. Rods were into the water with ease and salmon on the line very quickly. It was a great treat for my niece to see what a fish of some weight feels like on the line. We had a great time and the out of towners were very happy with their "catch". And nice for us girls to have a bathroom on board.

10. Pacific Sportfishing Charters

Enter a destinationPort Renfrew, Canada
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Pacific Sportfishing Charters

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