Welcome to the Wild Coast – Port Renfrew, BC
This untouched village is located on southwest Vancouver Island at the end of the legendary West Coast Road.
At just 2 hours from Victoria or Nanaimo, Port Renfrew is so close, you’ll visit often,
yet far enough away to put some distance between the every day and something naturally extraordinary.
Home to epic surfing, world famous trails and some of the best salmon fishing on the West Coast, Port Renfrew is a mecca of natural wonders.
Why Port Renfrew?
A seaside community centered around the local wharf, Port Renfrew enjoys the kind of relaxed,
personable atmosphere that only a small village can create. With a population of just under 200 residents, the village is home to a general store, outfitter, post office, a handful of very tasty cafes, two pubs and a smattering of small operations aimed at servicing visitors to the great outdoors. It’s a small, friendly community with a long history of fisherman and logger folk lore. Fishing is king around here, and proud stories of the ‘biggest catch’ can be heard just about everywhere.
Wild Coast Cottages is located adjacent to the newly-constructed Pacific Gateway Marina & gas bar. Owners at Wild Coast Cottages enjoy convenient access to the marina. For more information and inquiries about moorage, please visit Pacific Gateway Marina
Port Renfrew is the ultimate base for fishing. The Salmon, Halibut and freshwater fishing here are notoriously good. The locality is also wonderfully day trip-able. With a year-round season and drive-in access, family fishing can be relaxed and spontaneous (and you’ll still be catching the big ones!)
There are places in nature where two bodies of water meet and life tends to flourish. The village of Port Renfrew is situated at the confluence of the San Juan River, Gordon River and the Port of San Jaun. The river estuary is a haven for both bird and marine life. It’s a wonderful, safe place for year-round kayaking and canoeing. Crisp, shining water runs over smooth stones as it meanders from through forest towards the sea. Cutthroat and brown trout are abundant in these rivers and the fly fishing is excellent.
As some of the boldest of their kind, Port Renfrew surfers brave the cold winter waters to catch mammoth pacific waves. This is wave-riding at its most elemental—pulling on five mms of neoprene among a verdant cathedral of soaring old-growth Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and western red cedar and bobbing amidst logs, bald eagles and leaping marine life. From the beginner breaks south of Jordan River to bigger, more challenging surf in Jordan River, China Beach, and further north at Sombrio Beach, the Port Renfrew area is wave-riding nirvana all fall and winter long.
A Hiker’s Paradise. Home to Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park and the famed ‘West Coast Trail, Port Renfrew is an internationally-known Mecca for the hiking. Port Renfrew’s many trails, including the San Juan Trail and many others, offer hundreds of kilometers of discovery. From family hiking, to some of the world’s most challenging backpacking adventures, the area’s forests, mountains, beaches and rivers will fill you with fresh air and a leave you with sense of wonder for the area’s natural beauty.
West Coast Beaches — With an abundance of secluded beaches as diverse as the life that calls them home, Port Renfrew’s coastline is an unexpected discovery that transcends time. Algae-covered outcrops, mountain views, pounding waves and misty air so fresh it begs you to inhale combine to renew and restore at dozens of spots up and down the coast. Storm-beaten rocks and smooth, sandy stretches of beach await beachcombers, surfers and storm-watchers alike.
A village by the sea — A seaside community centered around the local wharf, Port Renfrew enjoys the kind of relaxed, personable atmosphere that only a small village can create. With a population of just under 200 residents, the village is home to a general store, outfitter, post office, a handful of tasty cafes, two pubs and a smattering of small operations aimed at servicing visitors to the great outdoors. It’s a small, friendly community with a long history of fisherman and logger folk lore. Fishing is king around here, and proud stories of the ‘biggest catch’ can be heard just about everywhere. The village is also home to the Pacheedhat First Nation, descendants of the area’s first inhabitants.
Port Renfrew is home to some of Canada’s largest trees! The area’s coniferous giants have attracted media attention and visitors from all over the world. One of the most famous examples is nearby ‘Avatar Grove’ – a valley of gnarled giant trees named for the film. Avatar Grove is a phenomenal yet threatened stand of giant old-growth red cedar and Douglas fir alongside the Gordon River, approximately 15 minutes outside the village of Port Renfrew.