Pacheedaht campground

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Pacheedaht Campground, Parks, Pacific Northwest
Pacheedaht Campground, Photo By Bud Logan

Pacheedaht Campground and beach are located on the lands of the Pacheedaht people, very close to the trail-head for the West Coast Trail. This trail runs for 77 km up the coast to Bamfield. If you’re planning to begin from Port Renfrew, you must make arrangements to be transported across Port San Juan to the trail head at the mouth of Gordon River. The Pacheedaht First Nations provide a shuttle service from the federal wharf in Port Renfrew to the trail head from April to September. The northern terminus of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail runs from Botanical Beach China Beach further south.

The beach out from is a 2 km long and curved beach of sand. It is loaded with drift wood of sizes from very small to old growth forest that has been taken to the sea by flooded rivers and winter storms. This beach is incredible. The campground is no less spectacular with its old growth forests and private campsites. Some campsites are set up with power, sewer and water while others are more rustic, some just back onto the beach where you can camp and build a fire of driftwood. There is much to do here, you can surf and swim, go for endless walks or just sit back and enjoy the view. At night you can see the lights of at the other end of the bay.

Pacheedaht Campground, Parks, Pacific Northwest
Pacheedaht Campground, Photo By Bud Logan

Port Renfrew is a small village at the end of Highway 14 on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, it is known as the jewel of the West Coast, and I must admit, it sure is pretty. It is situated on the Port San Juan inlet, back in 1895, the post address was the Port San Juan post, the problem with this is that mail quite often was sent to the San Juan Islands Post Office instead. So the settlers renamed their post office Port Renfrew in 1895. Today’s population is 190.

I have never come here without seeing elk, lots of elk and you can see plenty of bears when the salmon are running. If you look to sea, you might just catch sight of a whale or two and i seen deer walking down the beach without even paying attention to me. There are plenty of birds here to keep the birders happy, all in all, a great place to visit.