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Botanical Beach Provincial Park

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Easy Drive from Wild Renfrew

Kids had a wonderful afternoon at low tide with the pools. This is an easy distance from Port... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Stratford, Canada
Amazing tidepools and ocean views

We explored the tide pools and saw so much wildlife, sea otters, birds, fish, crab, deer, it was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Kids had a wonderful afternoon at low tide with the pools. This is an easy distance from Port Renfrew.

Thank catharinaj917
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We explored the tide pools and saw so much wildlife, sea otters, birds, fish, crab, deer, it was fabulous for the whole family. recommend going at low tide to enjoy the tide pools

Thank JWL816
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice beach with tide pools to explore. Unfortunately while we were there the fog rolled in limiting visibility.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The trails are amazing! We had a few places that we could access the water. We got there a little late, when the tide was coming back in...and a few people said to go when the tide has just gone out. Had troubles getting cell...More

Thank jilc2012
Reviewed 6 September 2018

The best time for visit is during low tide. A lot of very interesting small pools including fishes, clams and plants. From parking place is it a nice walk to the beach. We spent a long time on the beach to watch the different pools....More

Thank Ute_Ba
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The walk is measured at 2.5 Km but it is not a stroll. The path is steep and quite difficult in places so it seems much longer. However, the views are beautiful, so it's worth the effort.

Thank colleen p
Reviewed 27 August 2018

This hike isn't as easy as China Beach but it's not hard at all. A little more elevation change and longer loop but easily done in under two hours (including some time at the beach). The trail is well worn and marked and there's parking...More

Thank Lorrin W
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

These pools change every day. The beach was formed from lava and the ocean creates pools. Different sea creatures get caught in these pools and are trapped in low tide. Fascinating and beautiful. Please be careful with your timing and walking on beach can be...More

1  Thank Linda M
Reviewed 23 August 2018

There is a nice sized parking lot up top with picnic tables and a nice view. We happened to go on a foggy day but it was still beautiful. The walk to get to the beach is all downhill and takes about 20 mins. You'll...More

Thank tyger_lily181
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Loved the looping trail down to the beach. Well graded either way, and lots of access points to the beach. Worth a visit if in the area.

Thank Pastorash
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Robert S
20 July 2017|
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Response from steveston78 | Reviewed this property |
The road from Sooke to Port Renfrew is paved all the way, and in good shape. The road from Port Renfrew out to Botanical Beach is also paved and easy. The trail from the parking area down to the beach is easy -- mainly wide... More
Robert S
20 July 2017|
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Response from COBWEBAgent | Reviewed this property |
From the parking lot, if you take, it is 20 minutes or less to get down to the water. The walk down to the tide pools is slightly more difficult, but neither path is difficult. If you are taking this route, I found it useful... More
30 March 2016|
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Response from Cantgetanamenow | Reviewed this property |
You can drive to Botanical Beach from Port Renfrew in about 15 minutes. They have a good parking lot (its a round about) and at least two major access ways down to the beach, one long, one short. The shorter route is the... More