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so many sea shells!!

This beach was by far, our favourite. There is a short and easy hike to the beach from the parking... read more

Reviewed September 15, 2018
jilc2012
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Edmonton, Canada
Just my kind of hike

It fit all my criteria: not too long, easy hike (modest elevation changes), well marked trail and a... read more

Reviewed August 26, 2018
lorrinw2016
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed September 19, 2016

If you are travelling on the Island and cannot make it to Tofino, China Beach is a nice alternative. It is on a much smaller scale, of course, but the beach is stunning and the trees magnificent. It was about a 15 minute walk down, and 20 min up. It is a little steep at the bottom section so wear running shoes.

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

Even in the off season when this place can be rather stormy, it is still a great place to visit. The beach is a mixture of sand, grit, and pebbles and it certainly not a golden, groomed beach for sunbathers (thank goodness!). If staying at China Beach camp ground, be prepared for a LOT of steps getting down and (more importantly) back u to the beach. 160 steps at the last count. Kinda fun, though. The camp site itself is well-maintained and serviced and reasonably priced. It has space for tents, trailers and larger RVs. There is no cellular phone service available in this area, so be warned. The camp site is not open year-round (closes in Sept and re-pens May long weekend), but French Beach camp ground further towards Sooke is open year-round.

The beach is great for a long walk with the dogs or just hanging out. It can get quite windy, so be prepared.

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank alberthead
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Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Nothing but incredible things to say about this campground! It was clean, private, spacious and surrounded by beautiful forest and ocean...all ready to explore! Not only was the price incredible, but we were within walking distance of some incredible beaches. We stayed two nights (end of July with no reservations) and we were very happy that we found this location! (We aren't from the Island). The camp host was funny...very nice man. Oh...and they have clean, filtered water as well. Last but not least, if you're looking for a campground where there are not a lot of children, this is the one! There is a campground right down the street which is more kid friendly (playground etc) but this one, we found more couples relaxing and going for hikes down to the ocean. Mind you, if you have kids and love to explore, this is also a great spot.

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank adventurealwaysAA
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Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Dogs allowed on a sandy beach-rare! It was great, even in the rain. There is enough shoreline at low tide for a decent stroll. Water cold, but could tolerate wading. Great forest with large trees on the way down to the water. Bear and cougar country for sure. Worth the drive from our campsite at Goldstream (near Victoria.)

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Nice hike in through beautiful forest, a little steep in parts but not too bad. Very nice sand beach. Would be a great place to spend a day. We went on a cool day but really enjoyed it anyways.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank jenmc74
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