Botanical Beach Provincial Park

Botanical Beach Provincial Park

Botanical Beach Provincial Park
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CABear00
Calgary, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
My friend and I tried going September 3rd. There is construction closing the road before Port Renfrew, if you have bad timing and get there right after they let cars through (like I did) the wait is 20 to 30 minutes. We drove towards the parking lot and it is closed due to a bear in area so we had to turn around. Posting this as warning for others, if your driving for this specifically research if it is open in advance.
Written September 6, 2020
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kris-goes-places
295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Botanical Beach is a must-do if you are visiting Port Renfrew (or will be near the area) BUT check the tide table first. Low tide is best - lower than 1.2 metres - so that you can see the tide pools. They are spectacular. When you arrive at the parking lot, don’t go down the first trail entrance. Keep going along the parking lot to the second entrance. It is a shorter hike to Botanical Beach that way. Once you get to the beach, turn right. You can walk all the way around to the beach on the other side, checking out the tide pools all the way. There is a bit of clambering required over the rocks. I am middle aged, overweight and have some minor mobility issues, and I could do it. You can only go this way, over the rocks, during low tide. Then from the second beach you can get back up to the trail and wind around to the first entrance in the parking lot. Be sure to stop when you see the sign about the bonsai trees and check those out too!

If you can’t get there for low tide (e.g. because low tide is in the middle of the night!) it is still worth going to. It is absolutely beautiful! You cannot beat those views and it is a nice hike (and you can still see the bonsai trees). Definitely worth it and other than having to get back up to the parking lot, the trail is very even and easy to manage if you are not much of a hiker.
Written June 18, 2020
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Steph
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My family and I stopped at Botanical Beach as a planned part of our Pacific Marine Circle Route drive. Next time, we will plan to stay longer and examine more tidal pools, as the beach area is massive at low tide. We squatted around clear pools filled with mussels, chitons and the occasional colourful sea anemone. We stood on the rocky outcroppings and took pictures in every direction.

Sturdy shoes are recommended for the forest trail down, as well as the barnacles that cover almost every rocky surface.
Written March 4, 2020
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leighw76
Vancouver Island, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We always love to hit up Botanical Beach when we're close to Port Renfrew. In this case we were camping at China Beach and took the day to explore. We have been to Botanical Beach before an love it. Make sure you go at low tide so you can check out as many pools as you can. This time around were came across a healthy looking large black bear on the beach minding his business doing what bears do. Many members of my family group have not seen a bear in the wild, so that was a bonus on top of a scenic walk. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a picnic. Pay attention to the waves and tide and enjoy all nature has to offer
Written August 12, 2020
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Chris W
Sorede, France868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Well, not so keen to start off with but glad we did it. A fair walk down to the beach and back but interesting placards along the way which gave plenty of info. On arrival, it's not a beach to stand and view and one you need to explore which we did. It has to be at low tide so you can see the 'pools' which are full of interesting flora and the odd 'wildlife' but unfortunately not the red sea stars (star fish in old terms) we had hoped to see. OK, a bit of a negative but the whole feel of the place with the waves cascading in, the smell and being out there in the open air at 7.40 was a plus.
Written October 11, 2022
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Morag V
Ladner, Canada152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had a wonderful time exploring beautiful Botanical Beach. Once you park you get to the trail head. It is a circle hike of about 3.5 km’s. We decided to go left onto the sandstone rocks that are home to many beautiful tidal pools. These pools are teaming with amazing sea life. After exploring botanical beach we made our way over lava like rocks to Botany Beach. The walk is much more difficult due to the uneven rocky terrain. The tidal pools are limited to just a few inhabitants. We enjoyed a picnic lunch , before making our way back to the car. Make sure you have comfortable shoes, wear a hat and bring water.
Written August 10, 2023
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Yellingdog25
Nanaimo, Canada241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Go at low tide for the best tide pools along the coast. Amazing array of sea life, fairly easy trails from the parking lot to the beach. It was pleasant to walk through cool forests and then to a sunny open beach.
Written July 20, 2021
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Jordan Tetreau
Red Deer, Canada1,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Visited with a friend and my husband, lots was closed due to a recent bear sighting but we ignored the signs (I know were being irresponsible) the beach was great seeing all the sea creatures. We made sure to visit when it was low tide so we got the best view and most time to walk around. It’s a gorgeous walk, beautiful massive trees it’s a very easy walk. We did end up seeing a black bear but luckily it was farther enough away we weren’t concerned about it. Totally worth a visit if you’re anywhere near.
Written September 12, 2020
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mrpetsaver
Canmore, Canada1,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This is an easy hike about 1.5KM down and up. There are two nice rock beach areas. Go at low tide and you see lots of animals in the pools. Be sure to step on the larger rocks as at low tide there are small crabs in the sand you can crush if you walk on the sand near the pools. I spent lots of time kneeling and watching and it was relaxing and enjoyable. There are a few restaurants in Port Renfrew stock up with groceries before you come.
Written July 1, 2023
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JessTravelsAndEats
Richmond, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It is scenic and educational. We decided to drive out from Sooke and it was about an hour each way. Check to make sure you are visiting during low tide and you can walk out quite a distance to view the marine life within the many tidal pools all along the beach. We saw sea urchins, little fish and shrimp, lots of hermit crabs and there were lots of exposed mussels and even gooseneck barnacles!
Written May 24, 2022
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