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Juan de Fuca Trail

A beautiful Vancouver Island trail featuring Jordan river, Mystic Beach and other attractions


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The Juan de Fuca Trail is a scenic path that goes along the west coast of Vancouver Island between Jordan River and Port Renfrew. Being part of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, the route originated in 1889 after the telegraph line was laid to connect Victoria and Bamfield. The 47-km (29-mi) trail starts at several trailheads: China Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinson Creek, and Botanical Beach.

Mystic Beach is another popular beginning of the Juan de Fuca Trail, located 2 km (1.2 mi) from the China Beach parking lot. The well-maintained pass goes through the lush forest and a picturesque suspension bridge. Caves on the western side of the beach can be accessed during low tide, and there is also a waterfall on the east side.

Jaun de Fuca Trail can be done in 3-4 days. Camping in the provincial park requires a permit. Although the hike may be done all year round, the best season is mid-May to mid-September. That's also the main camping season. Grey and killer whales can be spotted along the trail during migration in March and April. Seals and sea lions can be spotted all year round.

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