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Trekking in Juan de Fuca, Vancouver

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Laurent


The Juan de Fuca trail is located at the south-western edge of Vancouver Island in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. The trail follows the coastline through the forest or on the beach.

We went there over the weekend and walked the section from China Beach to Sombrio Beach.

During this trail, you get amazing view on the Strait of Juan de Fuca when you are up in the forest and beaches are quite magical as well. It can get quite wet/muddy and tides can affect access to trails and beaches.

We did this trail early in the season (mid-april) so it was not crowded at all and camping spots easy to find.

In addition to that, we saw a big sea otter, plenty of seals and some surfers in the distance who we thought were sea-killers. Our tent got kind of flooded during the night, but we really had a great time !

The Juan de Fuca trail is located at the south-western edge of Vancouver Island in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. The trail follows the coastline through the forest or on the beach.

We went there over the weekend and walked the section from China Beach to Sombrio Beach.

During this trail, you get amazing view on the Strait of Juan de Fuca when you are up in the forest and beaches are quite magical as well. It can get quite wet/muddy and tides can affect access to trails and beaches.

We did this trail early in the season (mid-april) so it was not crowded at all and camping spots easy to find.

In addition to that, we saw a big sea otter, plenty of seals and some surfers in the distance who we thought were sea-killers. Our tent got kind of flooded during the night, but we really had a great time !

2 Most important point

2 Starting point

We started the hike from China Beach Trail head. You can park your car there.

3 Mystic beach

4 In the forest

5 View on the Ocean

6 bear beach

There are camps spots at bear beach.

7 Up and down in the forest

The part between bear beach and chin beach is quite tough. You keep on going up down and the trail is quite muddy at some points.

8 Chin beach

We camped at Chin beach.

9 Loss Creek Bridge

This suspension is one of the highlights of the trail ! It's quite high and the view is beautiful ! Thanks to Gaëtan Nerincx for the picture.

10 A big tree

11 Ending point

We finished our hike at Sombrio Beach and hitch back to China beach.

 
  Park at China Beach   You can park at China beach and then hitch hike back there at the end of the trail  
 
  No clean water   There is a road that also goes along the coastline a bit higher up in the hill. Make sure you bring what is necessary to clean your water.  
 
  Muddy   It is Vancouver Island so you might get a lot of rain and the trail can get really muddy. Bring some good boots and your gaiters !  
 
  Tide   Portions of the beach sections can be made impassable by high tides. Check tide tables and maps prior to starting the trek  

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