Renfrew Pub

The Renfrew Pub is a charming waterfront pub and restaurant in Port Renfrew on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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The pub is part of Wild Renfrew a resort by the water that includes luxury waterfront cottages and a lodge.

The pub serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week and breakfast on Saturday and Sundays. I had lunch here back in July on the patio overlooking the wharf.

Renfrew Pub is located at 17310 Parkinson Road, Port Renfrew.

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Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park near Port Renfrew features tide pools that are home to many different types of marine life.

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At Botanical Beach there are hundreds of different plants and marine species. In the tide pools it possible to see anemones, barnacles, chitons, starfish, urchins and a variety of snails.

Killer Whales and Grey Whales have been seen from the beach during migration season in March and April. Sea lions may be spotted from August to May.

It is approximately a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to Botanical Beach. At the parking lot there are two trails. One leads to Botanical Beach and other to Botany Beach. The trail is a loop. The complete loop is 2.7 kilometres.

It is best to view during low tide. Wear good sturdy shoes as the rocks can be slippery.

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Avatar Grove

Avatar Grove is a 50 hectare area of protected old forest growth in the Gordon River Valley, near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island.

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The old forest growth and giant trees were discovered in 2009. The area had been designated for logging in 2010. The Ancient Forest Alliance was formed and with the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce they lobbied to have the area protected. This was granted in 2012.

The Ancient Forest Alliance has constructed a boardwalk around the grove to allow visitors to enjoy the area while protecting the environment.

The site has two areas – the upper and lower grove, which have giant cedars and Douglas Firs. The upper grove is home to what is dubbed ‘Canada’s Gnarliest Tree‘ – a red cedar with a 3 metre wide burl.

Avatar Grove is approximately 20 minute drive from Port Renfrew. Check out the Ancient Forest Alliance website for driving directions.

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