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Address: Cerantes Road | Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada
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Great Tide Pools

A great destination that gives you varied terrain and varied sea life. Easy to access. A must do a low tide.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A great destination that gives you varied terrain and varied sea life. Easy to access. A must do a low tide.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is the mos impressive place I have ever been to. It is quite of a distance from Victoria, so you will be needing to stay in a nearby place. I did it all in one day and I thought it was too much driving, besides it is completely lonely, there is no gas station nearby. The place is just... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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164 attraction reviews
245 helpful votes 245 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Wow - Botanical Beach is gorgeous with lots of tide pools. Come before low tide for the best tide pool viewing opportunities. We missed low tide, about an hour afterwards and it was still wonderful and so beautiful. A little walk away is Botany Bay - an absolutely gorgeous beach that just screams West Coast. Both Botanical Beach and Botany... More 

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port moody, British Columbia, Canada
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60 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Over the years we have returned to Botanical beach again and again. Is worth the drive and the hike to get to the tidal pools as many others will tell you in this forum. Words of caution The trail down to the beach is quite long for those with walking issues or those with small children as it is a... More 

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Tucson
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A nice walk on a boardwalk leads to this beautiful beach. We spent hours photographing everything from beach kelp and logs, tide pools, surf, boulders and more.

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Victoria, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The power of the ocean. Sandstone beach. Tide pools. Forest walk. Access is an issue since it is literally at the end of the road! And the road is a winding highway which has single lane bridges. The road washes out occasionally in the spring and fall, so come in good weather.

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Dundas, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

From the parking lot at the trailhead to the Juan de Fuca trail near Port Renfrew, it is about a 1 km hike down to Botanical Beach. We planned our visit so we had about 1.5 hours either side of low tide. The sun was poking through the clouds lighting up the coastal limestone shelf and deep pools filled with... More 

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Wichita Falls
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Felt like we had discovered a secret treasure! About 1 hour north from Sooke, almost to Port Renfrow. Twisty, turning drive through forest with peeks at coast. Worth the drive but make sure to check tides so that you make it there to see tide pools. Anemones, sea stars, kelp, barnacles, amazing colors! Photos only for souvenirs! Not advisable for... More 

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Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Spent the day poking around the beach. Awesome tidal pools, stunning rock formations and a great little hike through the rain forest. We had a brilliant day. Be sure to check the tide tables before you head out.

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Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

On our recent vacation to VC Island, we took a detour to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew, just to see the tide pools. My wife and I are big nature people, and had read about the amazing tide pools that existed there. We scouted out the area one day before during high tide, and even then, we were amazed at... More 

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