Port Renfrew Area Activities

Port Renfrew is a small town of about 300 permanent residents that grows significantly in the summer months. A former fishing and logging community, it is becoming a popular visitor destination for those who love the hiking, fishing, beach combing, kayaking and general outdoor recreation. Here we will give you an idea of all the many Port Renfrew area activities, with much more information provided to you upon your arrival to the cottage.

Hiking and Forest Walks

The Port Renfrew area is surrounded by some of the most stunning forest trails and “big trees” on Vancouver Island. The town sits at the southern end of the world famous West Coast Trail, a 75 KM rugged trail along the western shores of Vancouver Island (you must reserve and book early). It is also situated at the western end of the Juan de Fuca Trail , a 47 KM trail offering spectacular multi-day or single day hikes along the ocean. Avatar Grove contains some of the island’s oldest and “gnarliest” trees, and close by are other rate old-growth trees. There are also many other hiking trails in the area to suit any ability. Take a guided Big Tree Tour or another area guided hike or camping trip

Fishing

The waters around Port Renfrew offer a variety of fabulous fishing opportunities for salmon, halibut and crab. There are many fishing charter businesses in the area to take you on a single or multi-day trip. Remember to get your fishing licence ahead of time. There are two marinas for private boats – Pacific Gateway Marina and the Port Renfrew Marina.

Beachcombing

The crashing waves of the west coast near Port Renfrew are a mecca for surfers and kite surfers. Jordan RiverSombrio Beach and Pacheedaht Beach in Port Renfrew are the most popular spots. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or take a guided kayak tour, and paddle around the Port of San Juan or up the Gordon or San Juan Rivers. You can also go whale watching and other nature tours to spot eagles, bears, deer, elk and maybe even an elusive west coast wolf.

On the Water

The crashing waves of the west coast near Port Renfrew are a mecca for surfers and kite surfers. Jordan RiverSombrio Beach and Pacheedaht Beach in Port Renfrew are the most popular spots. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or take a guided kayak tour, and paddle around the Port of San Juan or up the Gordon or San Juan Rivers. You can also go whale watching and other nature tours to spot eagles, bears, deer, elk and maybe even an elusive west coast wolf.

Dining

Port Renfrew offers a small, but growing, number of dining options for visitors looking to sample some fresh, local cuisine. The Coastal Kitchen Cafe is a popular spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Renfrew Pub is a place to meet the locals and enjoy the waterfront patio in the summer. Tomi’s Home Cookin offers home style breakfasts and lunches year round. Along Highway 14, stop at the Cold Shoulder Cafe or Far Out Pizza in Jordan River, or the Shirley Delicious Cafe in Shirley.