Botanical Beach, Botany Bay

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Botanical Beach, Botany Bay

by | Jan 13, 2019

Botanical Beach is located on Botany Bay in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, near Port Renfrew on the south coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The park was created in 1996 by combining the former China Beach Provincial Park, Loss Creek Park, Parkinson Creek Park, Botanical Beach Park, and the trail connecting them into one park.

Botanical Beach offers one of the best opportunities to view intertidal plants and animals on Vancouver Island. The region is so biologically significant that Josephine Tilden of the University of Minnesota installed the first marine research station in the Pacific Northwest at Botanical Beach in 1901. Since then, the area has been used for teaching and research by several universities. For example, the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs has annual field trips to monitor changes in intertidal plants and animals at Botanical Beach.

The primary role of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is to protect the scenic and unique shoreline area between Sooke and Port Renfrew along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail was originally part of a lifesaving trail that serviced this area, known at the time as the Graveyard of the Pacific. The trail has been upgraded and maintained over the years and is now a very popular hiking trail over 29 miles (47 km) long, very similar to the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park north of Port Renfrew. Read more here and here. Explore more of Botany Bay here:

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