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Botanical Beach Provincial Park

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Address: Juan de Fuca Trail, Port Renfrew, British Columbia, Canada
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Stunning... even in the rain!

Our chosen day for this was met with torrential rain but it was still worth doing. The rainforest hike across trails and boardwalks was great (even if the warning signs were a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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Kent, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting Port Renfrew, be sure to visit Botanical Beach Provincial Park, which is just a short drive down the road. The hike on the loop trail down to the beach is easy walking along a graveled road. The beach is very scenic, and if you go at low tide, you can see lots of tide pools. There is no... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We went at high tide, not by choice. I think I would have enjoyed it more at low tide, but it was still a nice scramble over rocks, and fun walking, good birding.

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

Our chosen day for this was met with torrential rain but it was still worth doing. The rainforest hike across trails and boardwalks was great (even if the warning signs were a little scary!) and the views from Botany Bay and Botanical Beach itself were amazing - sea mist, wild waves, ominous clouds, glistening trees. I'm sure the views would... More 

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Went on the worst possible day, we arrive as the tide was about 3/4 of the way in. But even so, it was a positively stunning trip. The drive from Victoria was more than half of the fun, it's a gorgeous road. Ensure that you arrive at low tide and explore every inch of coastline and don't dawdle as the... More 

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Kamloops, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015 via mobile

Botanical beach does have tidal pools but unfortunately when we went we didn't see many critters, I recommend so ending your time at other beaches in the area like China beach and Sandcut beach. The trails were very pretty along the ocean but the trails heading to the parking lot are wide and not very pleasing,

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Airdrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We made a day trip from Victoria to China Beach (in the morning) and Botanical Beach in the afternoon (during low tide) with 3 adults, 11, 10, 9 and 5 year old. Make sure you go at low tide so you can see all the amazing tide pools. Although there is a small sand beach this is all about the... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Nice hike down to the beach and very scenic once you get there. We were there @ low tide which makes a big difference. We did not see much in the way of sea life with the exception of large concentrations of mussels on the rocks. Parking lot was surprisingly crowded for an end of the road destination on Sunday... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I could sit on this beach all day, but you can't just sit! There are so many things to see in the tidal pools! But then you can sit...and just watch high tide come in. But then...you have to get up and see more things! Seals, herons, ducks, little critters in the tidal pools, but wait, sit down again and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Such an amazing loop trail with outstanding views! Go at low tide so you can take advantage of the tide pools. And we saw a grey whale!

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Northfield, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Botany Bay and Botanical Beach are beautiful places to visit if you are in the Port Renfrew area on Vancouver Island! The hike from the parking area to the water is easy and short. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the water's edge and the tide pools. Try to get there at low tide so you have access... More 

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