Jordan River (Settlement)

Jordan River or River Jordan is a small settlement in close vicinity of Victoria, west coast of Vancouver Island. Jordan River started as a logging camp in the late 19th century; however, it is now Vancouver Island's second hydroelectric power plant.
Lieutenant Francisco, a Spanish explorer, rebuilt a Spanish fort at Nootka Sound in 1790. Afterward, he explored the area between Nootka Sound and Victoria. Lieutenant Manuel Quimper, de Eliza's sub, named the said fort Rio Hermoso on June 14, 1790. It was the time when the Carta Reducida was made by Gonzalo López de Haro. Later that year, the name changed from Rio Hermoso to Rio Jordan as an attributed to Francisco de Eliza's chaplain, Alejandro Jordan. Later on, when British explorers came, they anglicized the name to Jordan River.
Jordan River is famous among surfers and has become a surfing destination due to the long wrapping rights known as The Point, Sewers, and Rock Piles. River Jordan is where your desire for adventures takes you.

Average Weather in Jordan River

The average temperature in Jordan River is between 19°C / 11°C ( 66°F / 53°F) and 8°C / 4°C (47°F / 38°F). There is more rainfall in the winter than in the summer. This climate is considered to be a warm-summer Mediterranean climate according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification.

The Best Time to Visit Jordan River

The best time to visit the Jordan River is June to October unless you want to go winter surfing. In that case, September to November would be the best time.

How to Get to Jordan River?

Jordan River Airport Transfers

You can take a flight to Victoria International Airport. Passengers are mostly from Seattle, Calgary, Edmonton, Prince George, and Vancouver. Then take a bus or rent a car to Jordan River.


Seaplane to Jordan River

You can use Harbour Air Seaplanes services, which fly from Vancouver to Nanaimo and Victoria, and take a taxi or bus or drive to Jordan River.


Ferry to Jordan River

You can take a ferry to Horseshoe Bay. From there, getting to Jordan River is possible by bus or taxi.

Top Attractions in Jordan River

Visiting Jordan River (Settlement)

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Jordan River

As Jordan River is a small community, you would think there isn't much natural beauty or entertainment. Jordan River will surprise you with many tourist attractions. One of the must-see sights in the area is Hidden Falls. Hidden Falls is as mysterious as its name. If you are looking for a place that is both challenging and gracefully beautiful, that's your spot. Other natural beauties are Mystic Beach and Mystic Falls. The waterfall is the crown jewel of Mystic Beach. This glorious waterfall is right in front of the ocean, gushing water from high above. If you want to see another breathtaking landmark, go and visit Sandcut Beach Waterfall, a reward given by Sandcut Beach. The picturesque waterfall cascades gracefully from the rock cliff over the pebble beach, creating a marvellous scene. China Beach, Juan de Fuca Trail Trailhead, and Jordan River Regional Park are also on the list of must-see sights. Camping or having a picnic with that scenery could be an experience of a lifetime.


Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Jordan River

  • Priest Cabin Park
  • China Beach Park
  • Sandcut Beach Park
  • French Beach Provincial Park
  • Juan de Fuca Trail Trailhead (Southeast / China Beach Terminus)
  • Jordan River Regional Park
Jordan River (Settlement) gardens

Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, and Water-based Activities in Jordan River

  • Mystic beach
  • Bear Beach
  • China Beach
  • Sandcut Beach
  • French Beach Provincial Park
  • Gordon Beach
  • Muir Creek Beach

Museums and Art Galleries in Jordan River

  • Marshall-Inman Gallery, Art gallery
  • Jordan River Power Plant

Entertainment in Jordan River (Settlement)

Festivals and Events in Jordan River

  • Jordan River Festival (Revelstoke, BC)

Nightlife and Entertainment in Jordan River

  • Mile House Pub, Sooke Road
  • Spring Tavern, PO box
  • Clallam Bay Inn, Frontier Street
  • The Renfrew Pub, Parkinson Road
  • BBG Blakeslee’s Bar & Grill, S Forks Ave

Free Attractions in Jordan River

Most of the attractions in Jordan River are for free.

Services in Jordan River

Public Transportation in Jordan River

Public transportation in Jordan River includes buses and taxis.


Where to Stay in Jordan River

Jordan River has limited options for accommodation, and they are at least 5 minutes away from downtown.

4 Beaches Bed & Breakfast
Craidelonna Oceanedge Lodging
Point No Point Resort
Fossil Bay Resort


Shopping in Jordan River


Food and Beverage Services in Jordan River

Restaurant and Café in Jordan River

  • Stoked Wood Fired Pizzeria and Market
  • Cold Shoulder Café
  • Shirley Delicious café
Jordan River (Settlement) Restaurants and Cafes

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Pubs, and Bars in Jordan River

  • Sheringham Distillery
  • Bad Dog Brewing Company
  • Checkerhead Brewing Inc.
  • Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery winery

Health and Wellness in Jordan River

Sport and Wellness Centers, Spas, and Recreational Therapy in Jordan River

For health and wellness centres, you need to drive to Sooke. Well-Being Massage-Amy Sullivan-Turnbull RMT is 10 minutes away.

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Jordan River (Settlement)

What you Can Expect to Do Near Jordan River

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

Port Renfrew Kayaking

Port Renfrew Kayaking

Sooke Kayaking

Sooke Kayaking

What you Can Expect to See Near Jordan River

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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