Port Renfrew

" We should all exercise our gift to build community. "

Jean Vanier 


Port Renfrew is located on the southwest coast of Vancouver Island, 107 kilometres from Victoria. Port Renfrew is home to the Pacheedaht First Nations and 190 permanent residents. 

Originally called Port San Juan, Port Renfrew was settled in the 1850’s after the founding of Fort Victoria. Logging, mining, and fishing were the primary industries. The only access was by boat. There have been over 130 shipwrecks in the vicinity of San Juan Harbour, giving it the nickname ‘The Graveyard of the Pacific’. It would be 100 years before a road was built from Sooke to Port Renfrew bringing a wave of people to explore the wild West Coast. 

Today, tourism is the primary industry in Port Renfrew. Known as the Jewel of the West Coast, Port Renfrew is surrounded by spectacular scenery, home to Swiftsure Banks, one of the top locations in North America for halibut and salmon fishing. There are about a dozen major trails within close proximity to Port Renfrew including the San Juan Trail and the West Coast Trail. Botanical Beach has unique tidal pools that allow one to view the extensive variety of sea creatures and plants up close. Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is just 20 kilometres north of Port Renfrew. 

Services in Port Renfrew are minimal. There is an elementary school, church, general store with some groceries, an outfitters, marina with summer gas station, and several cafes, pubs, and restaurants. One would have to travel to Sooke or Victoria for most services. 

If you are considering calling Port Renfrew home, BC Island Homes.com has detailed listings of homes and properties for sale in Port Renfrew.

Your West Coast.com has an Accommodations Directory with a complete list of the bed & breakfasts, cabins & cottages, condos & suites, farm stays, hotels, inns & motels, lodges, resorts & retreats, and vacation homes available to welcome you to Port Renfrew. Alternatively, a complete list of campgrounds and rv parks can be found in the Your West Coast.com Recreation & Leisure Directory.

While staying in Port Renfrew, what better way to learn about the community than to seize the opportunity for some fun, food, and education! Your West Coast.com has a complete range of directories for you to enjoy everything Port Renfrew has to offer. Plan out your day, your weekend, or your week in Port Renfrew using Your West Coast directories that include Arts Culture & HeritageFarms Farmers & FoodFestivals & EventsRecreation & Leisure, and Business & Services.

Community Events:

Check the Port Renfrew community calendar on Your West Coast.com every day for upcoming annual events, arts, meetings, recreation, music, and education in your community.

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