April 19, 2018 info@discoversooke.com The small seaside town on the southwest shores of Vancouver Island

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach is one of those places that really amaze its visitors. About a 90 minute drive from Sooke, accessible off Highway 14, Botanical Beach Provincial Park is a natural wonder known for its intertidal zone and crystal clear tide pools that are home to many fascinating marine species. The beach is about a 15 minute walk from the public pay parking lot, and is equipped with toilets and picnic tables. This “Class A” provincial park is the perfect day-trip from Sooke or Victoria.

Botanical Beach also features many geological marvels, such as its ridges of shale and quartz that marble through the black basalt, producing some of the most picturesque terrain. You’ll want to bring the camera on this excursion.

Low tide, about 4 feet or less, offers the best viewing opportunities of the many organisms that inhabit the shoreline and tide pools at Botanical Beach. You’ll come across sea urchins, starfish, chitons and anemones, as well as mussels, barnacles, and snails of all sorts. Click here to see Tide Chart for Botanical Beach

When exploring at Botanical Beach, it’s important to keep an eye on the ocean, for two reasons:

  • The waves and tide at Botanical Beach can be unpredictable; unexpectedly strong and large. Small children, pets and even adults can easily be swept off the slick rocks.
  • You never know when you might see Grey whales, Orcas, Harbor Seals, or California and Northern Sealions swimming or feeding along the shoreline.

Located just past Port Renfrew, the excellent trails of Botanical Beach also attract hikers from around the world. The park features trails of all difficulty levels, including the Mill Bay, Botany Bay, and Shoreline trails; as well, Botanical Beach is the northern trailhead of the renowned West Coast Trail.

Video of Botanical Beach shot by van der Valk Photography and Video

Photo shot by: Jason van der Valk
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