Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is a Provincial Park trail that runs East/West along the coastline of Vancouver Island for approximately 47km. The trail offers spectacular opportunities to experience the coastline of Vancouver Island – following the Juan de Fuca Strait, low lying coastal rainforests, waterfalls, grottos, estuaries, and tide pools teeming with life.
The trail has numerous access points – which allows hikers the opportunity to plan adventures that are as easy as a lighthearted stroll, or as difficult as a multi-day trek.
There are four official trailheads to the Juan de Fuca Trail:
- China Beach – Eastern Terminus
- Sombrio Beach
- Parkinson Creek and
- Botanical Beach – Western Terminus and just 5.5km drive from the Beach House
In addition to these official trailheads, there are also 2 more ‘unofficial’ access points:
- Chin Beach Campsite and Emergency Shelter
- Bear Beach Campsite and Surf Spot
There is ample opportunity to experience wildlife along this trail. Hikers should be aware that there is a healthy population of bears, cougars and wolves along the length of the trail. Although these animals will not regularly seek out interaction with humans, and will most likely intentionally avoid contact, you should be appropriately prepared to encounter them at any time. Deer and large Roosevelt Elk can also be spotted. Marine wildlife includes Grey Whales, Humpback Whales, Sea Otters, Killer Whales, Sea Lions and numerous species of birds.