Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Botanical Beach to China Beach (5 days / 47 km)

Amazing rocks besides Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

This was a 5 day backpacking trip on the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park Marine Trail. On this trip we started on the north end in Port Renfrew and finished at the south end, at China Beach. This trail was absolutely beautiful and, considering the easy accessibility for day users of many parts of the trail, still felt remote and pristine.

Trip Completed: August 2021

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew

Ending Point: China Beach, Sooke

Total Distance: 47 km

Elevation Gain: 1400 meters

Duration: 5 days

Difficulty: Intermediate


This trip is located in Port Renfrew / Sooke on Vancouver Island in BC, Canada.

Traditional Territory: This trail exists on the traditional territory of Pacheedaht.

Maps & Resources

Map: Juan de Fuca Park Map and Brochure. It is available for free on the BC Parks website. The trail is also on AllTrails.

Campsite Reservations: Campsites are first-come-first-serve (the campground at China Beach does take campsite reservations though).

Permits: Permits are required and can be purchased online at the BC Parks website or at self serve stations at several trailheads.

Outfitters & Shuttles

We used the West Coast Trail Express Shuttle to get to and from the trailheads. It picked us up in Victoria and dropped us off in Port Renfrew at the information center. This adds a 2 km road walk to your hike. It also picked us up at China Beach on the highway, which is just a few hundred meters from the end of the trail.

It should be noted that the road from Sooke to Port Renfrew is fairly windy and might cause some car sickness. The shuttle also picks you up around dinner, if you take it on the way home, and there is nowhere to get food around China Beach so I would recommend packing dinner for your last day as well.

We booked just a few days before but we ended up adding an extra day to our trip because the shuttle was booked for our preferred dates.

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