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Botanical Beach Provincial Park

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Trails, Ocean and Bears!

We walked into Botanical Beach and not only did we see sea creatures in the tidal pools, but we saw... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Liz S

The trail can be a little muddy at times. Check high tide before you go. So many different things... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed September 5, 2009

We were staying in Victoria and opted to see a bit of British Colombia and had read a tip in TA that mentioned Botanical Beach. Wow, what a great find! The drive took about 2 hours, including stops for pics along the way because BC...More

7  Thank kindredspirits
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

The travel guides were pretty misleading regarding botanical beach. After a long,windy, bumpy - albeit beautiful - 3 hour drive up the only road into "town" we were disappointed to discover the beach was a further 3k trail hike. We're not usually opposed to a...More

8  Thank allymark214
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked into Botanical Beach and not only did we see sea creatures in the tidal pools, but we saw a bear. The loop trail is an easy hike for people how have minimal fitness levels. The bathroom facilities were clean! Its a great place...More

Thank Liz S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail can be a little muddy at times. Check high tide before you go. So many different things to see.

Thank chamberlain6807
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank catharinaj917
Reviewed October 3, 2018

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

1  Thank JWL816
Reviewed September 20, 2018 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 September 15, 2018

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 September 6, 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 August 29, 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 August 26, 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 August 26, 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
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Robert S
July 19, 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
July 19, 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
March 29, 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