Now that spring has officially arrived, now is the perfect time to start planning some scenic road trips around BC. The coastline alone boasts countless islands, inlets, beaches, and forests to explore, and Port Renfrew has a bit of everything.

Once a small fishing village, Port Renfrew is surrounded by ancient rainforest on the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island, and has become known as the “tall tree capital of Canada,” according to its website.

Home to some of Canada’s tallest and largest Douglas Firs, Cedars, and Spruces, Port Renfrew is a must-visit for old-growth enthusiasts, who have plenty to explore at the southern entrance to the renowned Pacific Rim National Park.

In addition to breathtaking ancient forests, visitors of the unincorporated community can check out the famed “West Coast Trail,” Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, and 22 km of golden, sandy beaches at Long Beach.

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Surfers have plenty of options when it comes to rugged, wild coastlines and spectacular waves, including Sombrio Beach – which is part of the Juan de Fuca Trail and home to world-class surfing.

Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the famous Bonsai Tree growing out of a log in Fairy Lake if you end up hiking at Juan de Fuca Park.

So there you have it, explorers! For a destination as iconic and bucket list-worthy as this one, you’ll definitely want to carve aside a long weekend to visit.

Port Renfrew 

Where: Port San Juan, BC