NTS Map:92C9. A 2.8 km loop trail from the parking lot leads to Botanical Beach and Botany Bay. It leads to the shoreline with many tide pools and abundant opportunities to observe marine life. Some parts of the trail are elevated wood paths and stairs. The east end of Botanical Beach connects with Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. It is best visited at minus tides. Caution should be exercised when near the ocean as rogue waves can be large and dangerous. Warnings were posted 16 May 2003 regarding bears approaching camp sites.
There is GPS data attached to this trail (see "download GPS"), which if loaded into your GPS can help you find route points.
Stay on Highway 14 from Victoria until it ends at Port Renfrew.
In town, take a left uphill just when you enter the harbor area. Follow the gravel road (5 min) to Botanical Beach Park.
One hour parking are $1, two hours $2. A day parking ticket is $5; envelopes for your cash are provided at red metal boxes.
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Posted By: Moss Troopers
- Mon Jan 11 09:28:29 EST 2010
UpsideThis is an awsome beach, my favourite on the island. The info signs on the trail are great. The hike is pretty short and not too strenuous, but if you spend all day exploring the beach you still get a pretty good workout.
DownsideIt rains a lot here.
CommentIf the tide is low enough you can walk to shoreline between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach (instead of the trail through the woods). Along here you'll discover 'The Devil's Punch Bowl' which is a very large gallery carved into the cliff by waves during big storms.
Posted By: mmaltais
- Tue Sep 01 22:08:34 EDT 2009
UpsideGreat way to spend the day! Well worth the drive up.
Commentalways bring rain gear. I checked the weather before leaving (both environment canada and weather network ~ it still rained!)
Posted By: Night Hawk
- Mon May 26 11:06:22 EDT 2003
UpsideEasy walk, and definately a good photo-op. Nicely set up with the infor signs
DownsideBe sure to check the tides if you want to explore the tidal pools.
CommentI enjoyed the scenery but wish there had been more information available regarding the tides. I left my camp ground outside of Sooke early in the morning armed with info as to when low tide was and made the long winding road trip to get there only to discouver a sign in the parking lot stating when the best time and tides were. To my disappointment the tides were not right. The times I had been given for low tide was correct but nothing was mentioned about the type of tide required for viewing - information was provided by tourism.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Tue May 20 00:46:24 EDT 2003
UpsideEasy to do loop - good photography opportunities and lots of info signs
DownsideRain - both times that I have done this loop it was raining