Oceanfront Accommodations near Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Orveas Bay Oceanfront Cottages
Beaches, Trails and Parks on southern Vancouver Island
Beaches from Orveas Bay to Port Renfrew | Local Parks, Walking & Hiking Trails | Big Trees
Spectacular Beaches and numerous Parks are here for your enjoyment. Pack your Backpack with a tasty lunch and drinks. Water is not available in all areas. Wear a hat and sturdy shoes. A jacket or warm sweater may come in handy as the day cools. Hiking sticks help on the steeper trails. Maps and information are available in the units and at most trail heads. Bear bells can be attached to clothing or on hiking sticks. Give yourself time to be out of the forest before dark. Do not leave any valuables in your vehicles. We no longer have Park Watch at the trailheads. Don't forget the Camera and binoculars! Please come and experience this beautiful West Coast of Canada. It is our pleasure to share this Paradise.
Beaches from Orveas Bay to Port Renfrew
Easy access with paved walkway to beach from parking lot, Picnic area
Flat walk-on pebble beach
Sandcut Beach & Waterfall
Excellent winter surf & kayak beach
15-20 min hike to lovely sand beach
Short walk to water fall
Access to Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Start 47 km hike or 2.5 km day trip to Mystic Beach
Tides - Sooke | Port Renfrew
sandy beach, waterfall, surf
fairly easy 2.5 km hike
Terrific winter surf beach,
Located on Juan de Fuca Trail
Remnants of old Hippy/Surf shacks still remain
Easy hike from parking lot to tide pools,
low tide 1.2 meters or less best for viewing tide pools
Port Renfrew Tide tables
Please look but don't take.
Easy Boardwalk Hike from Botanical Beach to Botany Bay through the rain forest and back to parking lot.
Local Parks, Walking & Hiking Trails
There are numerous other parks and hiking trails in the area but space does not allow including all. Come & find your own special place here on the Southern West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is here for you to discover.
East Sooke Regional Park
Located on southern Vancouver Island the park covers 3500 acres of pristine West Coast rain forest fronting on the rugged coastline of the Juan de Fuca Strait. There are 3 accesses to the park offering 50 kilometers of hiking and nature trails. Trails & easy access picnic areas offer a diverse selection to all levels of guests. This simply superb park is a must see during your visit to Orveas Bay Resort.
Whiffin Spit Park
Turn off West Coast Road onto Whiffen Spit Road to the parking lot at the park entrance. This level-walking trail is approx 20 mins to the Lighthouse at the end of the Spit and is a popular spot for local walkers. The Spit offers stunning views across the Juan de fuca Strait to the Olympic Mountains. It protects the waters in the Sooke Harbour and all marine traffic entering the Harbour pass by the end of the Spit. Spending a couple of hours in Sooke? Then take some time to enjoy a leisurely stroll on the Spit.
Galloping Goose Trail
The “Goose Trail” was formally a railway line covering 55 Kilometers from Victoria to Sooke and beyond. Walkers, bikers, joggers & horses are all welcome to use this well maintained relatively level trail that can be accessed at a number of locations and enjoyed for those portions that are of interest to you.
Sooke Potholes Provincial Park
Well known as popular swimming spot in the Sooke River this Park is also a terrific local hiking area. Maps are generally available in the Park and in the cottages.
Ed MacGregor Park and Sooke Marine Boardwalk
Named after Sooke's popular first mayor this lovely quiet oasis is located in the heart of Sooke. The Parking Lot is just before the park across from the Post Office and is just a short walk to the park. Comfortable benches and picnic tables offer a pleasant spot to enjoy your lunch overlooking the Harbour. The bottom end of the park has access to the Oceanfront Marine Boardwalk to stroll along the shores of the Harbour ending at the Rotary Pier. Watch the ever-changing Marine activity from this special West Coast vantage point. Wheel chair access.
Orveas Bay to Muir Creek
Down the path to the beach go through the fence or mesh barrier (they are there to keep the cattle out of our property) walking left on the beach you will come to the mouth of Kirby Creek. This estuary is home to numerous species of shore birds and is a salmon-spawning creek. Crossing Kirby is fairly easy in the summer when the water is low but can be deeper in the winter months. (There are several sizes of rubber boots if you need them.) Hike approx 3 miles of flat shoreline, view seals, shorebirds, whales & eagles ending at the mouth of Muir Creek. If possible, it is a good plan to leave a vehicle at either Muir Creek parking lot or here at Orveas rather than doing the hike back.
Easy walk on pebble beach. There are several beach accesses between the cottages. Find a nice big log to sit on while enjoying the breathtaking sunsets over Sheringham Lighthouse. Don’t forget the camera!
Sheringham Lighthouse & Nature Trail
Located at the end of Sheringham Road a fairly easy walk from Orveas Bay Resort. If you drive there is a parking lot to the right at the gate on Sheringham Road. This unmanned Lighthouse faces the waters of the Juan de Fuca where the surf splashes over the reef below. One of the finest places on the West Coast to enjoy stunning Sunsets & a great view point for watching the spectacular Swiftsure Yacht Race in May. A Great fishing spot where we have hooked several BIG ones!
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
47 km. marine trail stretching from China Beach to Botanical Beach. Can be hiked complete or sections as day hikes. Most of the hiking is from medium to difficult.
West Coast Trail
The world-renowned rugged coastal hike, 77 km. from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. The trail is just part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Home of "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" - a giant alien-shaped redcedar resembling Jabba the Hut with a massive burl nearly 12ft in diameter! Avatar Grove is a phenomenal stand of giant old-growth red cedar and Douglas fir alongside the Gordon River, approx. 15 minutes from Port Renfrew.
Red Creek Fir
World's Largest standing Douglas Fir
Height: 73.8 m (242 ft)
Circumference: 13.3 m (43.5 ft)
Estimated to be about 1000 years old
Located off West Coast Road just before Port Renfrew
Check with Info Centre in Port Renfrew re conditions.
San Juan Spruce
Canada's Largest Sitka Spruce
(the Carmanah Giant is taller and there is one wider but the San Juan Spruce has the largest amount of wood)
World's 2nd largest Spruce
Height: 62.5 m (205 ft)
Circumference: 11.7 m (38 ft)
You can drive right to the tree in the forestry San Juan Bridge Recreation Site
Port Renfrew Big Trees Map
The Ancient Forest Alliance put together this map to these big trees