Avatar Grove

The Avatar Grove and "Canada's Gnarliest Tree" was discovered by Ancient Forest Alliance activists in December, 2009. This magnificent forest, within the traditional territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation, is located near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and was recently declared off limits to logging through a new Old-Growth Management Area in February, 2012. How to Get to the Avatar Grove in Port Renfrew, BC .
This tree is the largest known individual in the family Pinaceae. In 1985 it was measured as having a height of 74 m, dbh of 402 cm, and crown spread of 22.9 m Historical records document some Douglas fir over 120 meters (400 feet) tall. Today specimens over 250 feet are rare. The road to Red Creek Fir is an old railway grade, hard packed with ruts everywhere across the width so that you slow down to a crawl in places. But it is worth the journey. It is a short ten minute hike from the parking area, and the trail is marked by bright red tags on the trees. It takes about 40 minutes return. Along the way you will see another large stand of fir equally stunning in size to the giant called the Three Sisters

West Coast Trail

Built in 1907 and is in constant repair to this day. Original telegraph line provided shipwrecks a life saving trail, now know as the “West Coast Trail”, a 75 km (47 mi) intermediate to expert hiking adventure. These are extreme hiking conditions in a remote wilderness area. The entrance is on First Nation lands. It takes between five and eight days to complete depending on weather conditions.

Botanical Beach Botanay Bay

Loop Trail

Botanical Beach - Botany Bay Loop Trail A2.8 km loop trail from the parking lot leads to Botanical Beach and Botany Bay. It leads to the shoreline with many tide pools and abundant opportunities to observe marine life.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

Trail Maps [PDF 192KB] Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Coast detailed map.  


Visitors are attracted to our wild life area, our ancient rain forests, the giant Douglas Fir and Spruce Trees, world class Salmon fishing, hiking trails for the beginner to the extreme and lots of history to go with it all. The “Graveyard of the Pacific” lies off our coastal waters as it stretches along the famous life saving trail that is known as the “West Coast Trail”.
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photo credit Rena Kundu
Photo Credit Rena Kundu Photo Credit: Rena Kundu

BC Forest Recreational Trails

The hiking trail at Lizard Lake is a 1.5 kilometre loop trail circling the lake. The hiking trail at Fairy Lake is a 2 kilometre loop trail.
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Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Map.
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