Juan de Fuca trail, BC
Juan de Fuca Trail, situated on the west coast of Vancouver Island, between Jordan River (North Sooke) and Port Renfrew, was created through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy as an enduring reminder of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. Preservation of a living legacy of unprecedented natural beauty, accessible to all, was considered a fitting tribute to the spirit of the Games.
It's a spectacular challenging wild backpacking trail of 47 Km that you can also do by sections. It's divided by different access points: China Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek and Botanical Beach, making it easier and accesible for the less experienced.
In our case we did a two day trip starting in Botanical beach and camping at Payzant. It is only 7 km (one way) through a rain forest of cedar, sitka-spruce trees, with helpful boardwalks/plank walks and some stops on the beach and cliffs. Botanical beach is famous because of the fauna and flora, a visitor can find hundreds of species of plants and animals. Keep an eye at the first beach you encounter, we were lucky enough to observe some seals playing! The hike is a easy/moderate one (moderate because of the ups and downs and mud in wet weather) but pretty easy in general. The backcountry camp is well organized, with separated cushy sites around the forest and a bear food cache.
Next day we did Mystic Beach, from China Beach Provincial Park campgraound access. It's an amazing beach with a little waterfall crashing onto the sand from the sandstone cliffs. You can camp here and have a wonderful night under the stars. The approach is short and easy. We were relaxing laying in the sand, observing the ocean when suddenly a cute seal head popped out of the water, really nice to see!
We defiantly plan to come back and conquer this trek!
Heading out first you will find Port Rendrew, a small town with a couple of restaurants and hotels, camping, cabins, etc. We just stopped by after the hike and had a coffee at the Costal Kitchen Café, a really nice restaurant with wood and coastal decoration where you can have a good meal or a coffee.
The next town, or well I don't consider it a town just as a neighbourhood is Jordan River, Which has a CDR camping on the beach front with 2 sides and about 10 sites, some for tents and some for Rv/vans. Every site features a picnic table and a fire pit. Then you have toilets and water taps available too. It's a self registration $15/night camp. If you walk a few hundred meters up the main road you will find a cozy café on the corner called Cold Shoulder Café, it has wifi and yummy food.