Juan de Fuca Provincial Park (China Beach)

 

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is situated on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island and offers majestic views of the Pacific Ocean, spectacular marine wildlife viewing opportunities, and access to the world-famous 47-km long Juan de Fuca Marine hiking trail. The park’s vehicle accessible campground, China Beach, is found at the eastern terminus of the Juan de Fuca trail and has 75 campsites set in a lightly forested area. Visitors here can enjoy the sights and sounds of the raging waves of the Pacific Ocean as they crash upon the beach, and have an opportunity to explore the intertidal pools brimming with brightly coloured sea stars, anemones, and shellfish. Hikers choosing to undertake the multi-day 47-km trek along the shoreline will be rewarded with views of waterfalls, grottos, old growth forest, estuaries, tide pools and unique rock formations. For those less adventurous, there are also two short scenic trails starting from the campground and the day-use area at China Beach. Botanical Beach at the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca trail is a popular day tripping destination and can be reached by driving 37 km west on highway 14 from the China Beach campground towards Port Renfrew. This area has a unique shale and quartz shoreline and boasts some of the richest tidal pools on the west coast.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving - Canoeing / Kayaking - Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 75, reservable: 20, nearest town: Sooke (35 km), Port Renfrew (37 km)

Additional Information

Location

China Beach campground can be reached by driving 35 km west from Sooke on Highway 14. China Beach day-use area parking lot and Juan de Fuca trailhead are located off Highway 14,  2 km west  of the campground. Botanical Beach day-use area parking lot is located 5 km west of Port Renfrew, and can be reached by travelling west on Highway 14 (Parkinson Road) and continuing on Cerantes Road.

Contact Information

R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcenterprize.com
Phone: (250) 474-1336
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite at the China Beach campground.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple / night.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all persons 13 years of age or older.

Operation Dates

China Beach campground is open from May 15 to September 15. China Beach campground reservable dates: May 15 - September 3. China Beach campground is closed during the off-season. Juan de Fuca trail wilderness campsites are open all year.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

China Beach Campground: the campsites are set in a lightly forested area 1 km away from the beach.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness / walk-in camping is available at Juan de Fuca Marine Trail in both beach and forest sites. The trail and campsites along the trail are open all year. The China Beach campground does not offer walk-in sites and is closed for the winter. Self-registration envelopes and safes are located at each trailhead on the Juan de Fuca Trail for depositing your camping fee. Cash only (bring exact change). Detailed maps of campsites are installed on the trail at each designated camping location. ***** Beach Sites: Camping at Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Chin Beach and Sombrio Beach (East) is available on the beach. Please use camping pads at West Sombrio camping area; otherwise there are no designated sites. Remember to camp on the beach to prevent degradation of the forest vegetation. ***** Forest Sites: Camping at Little Kuitsche Creek and Payzant Creek is in the forest and away from the beach. There is limited shoreline access at Little Kuitsche Creek and no shoreline access at Payzant Creek. Fires are not permitted at these sites. A portable campstove will be required for cooking. Camp only on designated tent pads.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has various day-use and picnic areas at China Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are not permitted at the Botanical Beach and China Beach day-use areas. ***** Campfires are permitted at China Beach Campground, and fire rings are provided at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator or you can bring your own wood. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). ***** Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Portable campstoves for cooking will be required at some campsites. Small fires are permitted on beaches below the high tide mark. Use only driftwood for fires %u2013 do not cut trees or snags or use other vegetation (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Never leave your fire unattended and practice %u201CLeave No Trace%u201D camping ethics.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

China Beach: Cold water taps are located throughout the area. ***** Juan de Fuca Trail: Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the area. Water is available from streams but must be boiled, treated or filtered before drinking.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities at the China Beach campground are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Salt-water fishing is permitted at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. Botanical Beach, Parkinson Creek from Little Kuitsche Creek to about Payzant Creek are closed to fishing.

Hiking

Hiking

The spectacular 47-km long Juan de Fuca Marine trail is the main attraction for hikers in this park. There are also several smaller trails: ***** The western section of the park around Botanical Beach contains two small trails: Mill Bay and Botanical Loop. The Mill Bay Trail accesses a small pebble and shell beach; portions of this trail are steep. Parking for this trail is at the Mill Bay Trailhead, beside the road to Botanical Beach. Botanical Loop connects Botanical Beach and Botany Bay. This is an easy to moderate walk. ***** China Beach day use: A scenic 1 km trail leads from the parking lot through mature forest to the beach. A large viewing deck offers views of the beach and Juan de Fuca Strait. This is an easy to moderate, fairly steep trail. ***** Second Beach Trail: Second Beach can be reached from the China Beach Campground via stairs and a 1 km long fairly steep gravel trail. The 15-20 minute hike (each way) through the mature forest of Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and Western red cedar leads visitors to the crashing waves of the sea.

Swimming

Swimming

There are no designated swimming areas at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Limited opportunities exist for scuba diving in Juan de Fuca Park due to the extreme ocean conditions, tides and currents of the area. The foreshore around Botanical Beach and Botany Bay as well as the foreshore from Little Kuitsche to Payzant Creek is closed to scuba diving.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist at this park, however exposure to the open Pacific Ocean can result in extreme sea conditions. Please be aware of ocean currents.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

Sombrio Beach is a world-class surfing area, primarily in the winter months. Windsurfing is also a popular activity in this area.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cycling is not permitted on the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Various logging roads in the area may be available for mountain biking. Cycling on park trails is not permitted.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Spectacular scenery can be enjoyed from many points along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, particularly at the Loss Creek Suspension Bridge and the Minute Creek Suspension Bridge. Whales, marine birds and other wildlife can also be seen in the park. ***** Botanical Beach offers one of the richest tidal areas found along the west coast, and opportunities for viewing in these tide pools is excellent. A low tide of 1.2 meters or less is best for viewing these tide pools. Use Canadian Tide Tables "Port Renfrew" section. Remember to use the PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) for tidal times during May to October as Daylight Savings Time is in effect. Visitors should reference the Fisheries and Oceans tide table for Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, British Columbia. When visiting Botanical Beach, please look in the tide pools only - do not touch the marine life. Do not remove, collect or disturb any tide pool life, shells, plants, flowers, kelp, etc. Even touching the water in a tide pool with sunscreen on your hands can create an "oil slick" that could kill the vulnerable creatures in this sensitive ecosystem. Photographs make great souvenirs.

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