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China Beach

China Beach is a mixture of sand, pebbles, and grit, with salty air and clean water; all are the features you shouldn't miss. Sitting on the beach and staring at the small and big waves coming and going is one of the most lovely scenes in the world. It is incredible to watch the morning sun's first glow and the intersection of the golden sky and the sea's blue at sunrise.
China Beach's underwater world is also full of wonders. It is the home to killer-whale, sea plants, seals, and dolphins. Many decide to visit China Beach to learn about marine wildlife.
Summer is the best time to have a tour of China Beach and enjoy water sports. However, even in the off-season that the weather can be rather stormy, it is still a great place to visit.


China Beach Location

China Beach is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is between Sooke and Tofino and is only 3.6 km (2.2 miles) away from the Jordan River community. Usually, when we go to the beach, an exemplary sense of calm pervades our whole being, an excellent feeling is transmitted to you, and you will enjoy it. China Beach offers more than a good feeling. Whale watching, great hiking trails, animal species, and rocks covered with living plants are among the highlights. If you look for a complete package, you can use Juan de Fuca Park's facilities, which only takes about 5 minutes by car. The west end of the park is vehicle-accessible to reach China Beach by car. Cycling, wildlife viewing, and a picnic area are available at the park.


How to Get to China Beach by Car

From Nanaimo:
The best route to reach China Beach from Nanaimo is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S. It takes about 2 hours for 153 km (95 miles). Start from Wallace St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 S, and after 550 meters (1804.4 ft), turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1S. Drive 94.1 km (58.5 miles). Follow Juan De Fuca Hwy/BC-14 W to your destination in Port Renfrew, and after 57.9 km (36 miles), you will reach China Beach.

From Victoria:
Getting to China Beach from Victoria is via Juan De Fuca Hwy/BC-14 W. It is 74 km (46 miles) and takes about one hour and a half.
First, enter the Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to Westshore Pkwy in Langford. After 16.1 km (10 miles), follow Westshore Pkwy to Juan De Fuca Hwy/Sooke Rd/BC-14 W. Continue for 4.2 km (2.6 miles) and follow Juan De Fuca Hwy/BC-14 W to Port Renfrew. Drive 52.8 km (32.8 miles), then turn left. After 900 m (2952.7 ft), you will reach China Beach.


The Hike to Get to China Beach

1. "Juan de Fuca Marine Trail" is a multi-day trail, and there are six campsites along its way (China Beach, Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Little Kuitshe Creek, Sombrio Beach, and Payzant Creek). This trail's length is 50.5 km (31.4 miles) with a hard difficulty level and an elevation gain of 1587 m (5206.7 ft). The best time to use Juan de Fuca Marine Trail is from April until October. Keep your dog on a leash.

2. "Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: trail between Bear Beach to China Beach" is generally used for hiking (multi-day hike), nature trips, and camping. It is about 12.2 km (7.6 miles), with a moderate difficulty level and an elevation gain of 688 m (2257.2foots). Keep your dog on a leash.

3. "Juan de Fuca Marine Trail: Chin Beach to East Sombrio Beach" is a 6.9 km (4.3 miles) point-to-point trail with a moderate difficulty level and an elevation gain of 243 m (797.2 ft). It generally uses for hiking (multi-day hike), nature trips and camping. Keep your dog on a leash.


History of China Beach

China Beach's name is derived from the previous name of Uglow Creek, formerly known as China Creek. China Beach is located in the realm of Coast Salish people. The nearest nation is "T'Sou-ke". The name comes from a Straits Salishian term for a small stickleback fish, numerous in the Sooke Basin, which is a part of the nation's traditional territory. Their symbol is a curved orca whale because of hundreds of a killer whale that lives in the pacific ocean. Some call it the Salish Sea after the first human residents. This rich waterway is a collection of habitats, including Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Strait of Georgia population.


Things to do around the China Beach Area

China Beach is famous for its fantastic hiking trails near the sea and on cliffs. There are both long and short trails with an incredible view that you would enjoy them. Many other opportunities, like surfing, swimming, and storm watching, can be found here. Many beaches near China Beach, like Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, and Sandcut Beach, will offer you their facilities. Hidden Falls is a beautiful waterfall 24 km (14.9 miles) away, and since there isn't any shower in the area, you can use it as a shower! Water sports also have their fans here because of the excellent water temperature in most months of the year. Swimming and surfing are the most popular water activities in China Beach.

The Best Beaches Near China Beach

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

China Beach

China Beach

French Beach

French Beach

Sandcut Beach

Sandcut Beach

China Beach Activities

Fishing

China Beach is a saltwater ocean fishing location. Anglers will find many fish species, including coho salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon, chum salmon, lingcod, brook trout, and brown trout. But remember that anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Camping

Most people go on camping because they're tired of hustles and bustles in an urban area or looking for an adventure. Camping near China Beach with that great weather would be the right choice for some who want to release from the bustles.

Wildlife viewing

If you are interested to know about marine wildlife, China Beach's underwater world is your hot spot. It is the home to killer-whale, sea plants, seals, and dolphins.

Storm watching

China Beach, with powerful winds and pounding waves, is attractive for storm watching. The average storm-watching season temperature, November to March, is about 7°C (44.5°F).

Hiking

Hiking in nature is perhaps one of the healthiest activities that you can do, which is also free. China Beach has different hiking trails featuring the ocean, cliffs, or fabulous plants.

Surfing

"Surfing is very much like making love. It always feels good, no matter how many times you've done it.", Paul Strauch says. China Beach with perfect waves will offer you an unforgettable experience. If you love surfing, it would be worth it to come here.

Swimming

As much as you need food, it would be best to be active, and swimming is on top of the activities list. Swimming in China Beach is popular. Summer is the best time for swimming.

What you Can Expect to Do Near China Beach

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on the Grass Lake Trail

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Manuel Quimper

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on Mount Empress from Sooke Potholes via Mary Vine and Todd Creek Trails

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast Trail

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Hiking on the East Sooke Coast and Interior Trail Loop

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

Otter Point Park Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

West Coast Outdoor Adventure Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Cabin Point Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Beechey Head Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Spirit Bay Visitor Centre Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Creyke Point Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Sooke Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Victoria Whale Watching

Port Renfrew Whale Watching

Port Renfrew Whale Watching

Pacheedaht Beach Kayaking

Pacheedaht Beach Kayaking

China Beach Outline

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1. The numbers are estimated on average.
1. The numbers are estimated on average.

What you Can Expect to See Near China Beach

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach

Jordan River (Settlement)

Jordan River (Settlement)

Sooke

Sooke

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

Race Rocks Ecological Reserve

San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve

San Juan River Estuary Ecological Reserve

Mystic Beach

Mystic Beach

China Beach

China Beach

French Beach

French Beach

French Beach Provincial Park

French Beach Provincial Park

Jordan River Regional Park

Jordan River Regional Park

Mystic Beach Waterfall

Mystic Beach Waterfall

Sandcut Beach Waterfall

Sandcut Beach Waterfall

Juan De Fuca Provincial Park

Juan De Fuca Provincial Park

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

Sandcut Beach

Sandcut Beach

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