Renfrew's burgeoning outdoor recreation and eco-tourism scene has brought with it new options to eat, drink and stay in style. What hasn't changed is the small-town experience and ready access to a big, wild, natural world. There's never been a better time to explore!
What to DoLocals and the Ancient Forest Alliance worked hard to locate and preserve some of North America's largest trees located around Port Renfrew. This preservation is paying off as people from all over the world can now experience the "Big Trees Capital of Canada." Among these is the world's largest Douglas fir - the Red Creek fir - and Canada's biggest spruce - the San Juan Sitka spruce.
Don't miss nearby Avatar Grove, a unique clutch of old growth in the Gordon River Valley. Keep an eye out for "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" - a whimsical knot of twisted cedar. A magical place to peace out and leave your real-world avatar behind.
In addition to some serious rainforest skyscrapers, Port Renfrew is filled with adventure options that encompass every outdoor enthusiast's needs. Major national and regional parkland in and around Port Renfrew includes Juan de Fuca Provincial Park (extending from China Beach to Botanical Beach and site of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail), Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (site of the West Coast Trail) and Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park.
Spectacular beaches define Port Renfrew and the village is entry to kilometres of unrivaled coastline. Sandy, pebbled, or piled with driftwood, they're good places to breathe deeply and take it all in. Port Renfrew is considered one of the best locations for salmon and halibut fishing in North America. And no surprise, there are also excellent sea and freshwater kayaking and bird watching opportunities!
Where to StayWhile camping opportunities abound, not everyone wants to rough it. Instead, retreat to a private waterfront cottage and enjoy all of the creature comforts without sacrificing your wild side. Check out the new Wild Renfrew Seaside Cottages to feel nestled in a plush log cabin at the end of the world.
Where to Eat
For a small town, there is a wide range of delicious dining options in and around the area. West Coast chefs work closely with fishermen, farmers and even foragers to bring the best local fare to diners' plates. A few places worth checking out in Renfrew or nearby Sooke:
• Renfrew Pub
• Coastal Kitchen Café
• West Coast Grill
• Stickleback Westcoast Eatery
• Sooke Harbour House Restaurant