Cerantes Rock, San Juan Point

Cerantes Rock, San Juan Point

by | Jan 27, 2019

San Juan Point is a rocky promontory in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park that extends into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, about 67 miles (108 km) northwest of Victoria, British Columbia. The headland forms the eastern entrance to Port San Juan and is adjacent to Botanical Beach. The area is the ancestral home of the Pacheedaht First Nation. Their territory includes the lands and waters along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island between Bonilla Point and Sheringham Point. A winter village of eight houses was once located on top of the bluff near Cerantes Rock. A narrow channel led to this village location, and log skids were built down to the water for hauling canoes.

Port Renfrew is about 2.5 miles (4 km) away and the nearest community to San Juan Point. Port Renfrew was originally named Port San Juan, but the early settlers changed the name to honor Lord Renfrew who planned to settle crofters there. The bay where Port Renfrew is located is still called Port San Juan. Like many coastal Vancouver Island communities, Port Renfrew has a rich history in forestry and fishing.

San Juan Point is mostly sandstone conglomerate rock that has eroded to create a rugged shore of impressive tide pools, sea caves, and pocket beaches. A stand of old-growth forest still exists east of the point. A Canadian Coast Guard heliport is located on the point adjacent to Cerantes Rock near the historical village site. Cerantes Rock is an islet and reef popular for sport fishing and is an important subsistence use area for the Pacheedaht First Nations. Read more here and here. Explore more of Point San Juan here:

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