somewhereawesome #37: Vancouver Island, BC – Juan de Fuca Trail

A weekend of camping and hiking the beautiful Juan de Fuca Trail at the westcoast of Vancouver Island.

Ferry to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island
Ferry to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island

We arrived very late and set up camp on the First Nations Campground Pacheedaht which is located near Port Renfrew. Wake up on the beach with a clear blue sky, the typical view to the wild coast and a freshly brewed coffee in my hand is one of the best experiences I made while camping in BC.

Camping Pacheedaht Campground Port Renfrew
Camping Pacheedaht Campground Port Renfrew

juan de fuca20Starting point for the trail was Botanical Beach. (The whole trail is about 47k we have only made a part of it). We hiked through lush rainforest and ran over tree trunks, wooden stairs and bridges. Dense green ferns, huge Redcedars, Sitka spruces and Hemlocks, which are the typical trees in the Pacific north west regions, marked our path. In the evening we set up our camp at Payzant creek in the middle of the rainforest and walked down the rocky shore to look at the olympic peninsula in Washington state. We found a wind protected rock cave, where we sat all evening , drank beer and stared at the ocean.

On Sunday we woke up in a very apocalyptic atmosphere, no idea what was going on. No cell reception, no people around us. The sky was orange, the sun pinkish and the ocean eerily quiet. It felt weird, the orange scenery looked also beautiful though but also pretty unusual. When I arrived back in Vancouver the haze and smoke were even thicker and the city smelt like a huge bonfire. The reason was the severe forest fires that spread due to extreme drought throughout the BC Interior (Kamloops, Nelson, Pemberton, Whistler).


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