(30 mins) The Deakin trail loop passes through what was once Port Renfrew’s first homestead. Emily and Alfred Deakin with their daughter Violet moved to this site in 1889 with the intention to farm. The realization of incredible spring floods certainly made their endeavours harder than they could have imagined.. While traveling alongside the Gordon River you will see the large locust trees the Deakin family planted. There is a wonderful gravel bar close to here that makes for a great spot for a picnic. Looking across the river here and you will see some massive douglas firs on the other side of Gordon River. This is a wonderful loop to do and is is easy for all ranges of hikers.
- Zero your odometer at the beach house.
- Using the map, drive the same route as if you were driving towards Lake Cowichan. (Over the San Juan River Bridge)
- At 1.9km veer right where the road splits.
- At 3.4km you will have just crossed a one lane bridge and arrived at an intersection. Turn Left.
- Continue on this road. Don’t drive too fast as there are some serious bumps.
- At 6.5km park and look for the trail on the left hand side of the road.