China Beach, Vancouver Island
China Beach is a very beautiful beach, a great place to go for a weekend walk. China Beach also has a great campground that is located in the west coast rain forests that grow so lush on our coast. The trail down to the beach is quite pleasant with some incredible views, not to difficult to walk and the beach at the end is awe inspiring to say the least.
There are 78 drive in campsites available at this campground.
Campsite reservations are accepted and a few first come, first served sites are also available. Some facilities are wheelchair accessible; pit toilets and water taps are located throughout the campground. China Beach itself is a great place to picnic and beach comb at.
Remember that black bears and cougars may be present. It would be a good idea to leave pets at home and keep your children in your sight. Lately, we have seen a number of wolfs showing up along the trails of the west coast, more north of here, but you should keep pets on a leash at all times.
Take a wander to the western end of the beach during the wet season and you will see a waterfall that will take your breath away. You can walk along the shore to second beach or if you are camping, you can reach it by taking a wonderful trail through the forest to reach it. The waterfall is pretty awesome during the wet season.
In the spring and fall, you might get to see a grey whale as they migrate along the coast. So keep your eyes open and your camera ready. The best times to see whales is in March and April, as they migrate past the island on their way north to the feeding grounds.