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Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew
Nickname(s): The Land of Plenty
Port Renfrew is located in British Columbia
Port Renfrew
Port Renfrew
Location of Port Renfrew in British Columbia
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Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia

Port Renfrew is a community on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, located approximately 2 hours' drive west of Victoria, British Columbia. Port Renfrew is the western terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail.

History

Port Renfrew is the home of the Pacheedaht First Nation, meaning "People of the Sea Foam", who have traditional village sites in and around the main town centre. The West Coast Trail, a world famous hiking trail built in 1907 along the west coast of Vancouver Island to save shipwrecked sailors, is located on the Gordon River adjacent to Port Renfrew. During the days of sail, 1830–1925, 137 major shipping tragedies occurred in the immediate vicinity of the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. International recognition was given to this stretch of water off Port Renfrew. It became known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. Originally named Port San Juan, the settlers changed the name to honor Lord Renfrew who planned to settle crofters there. The name was changed due to mail being sent to the San Juan Islands instead of Port San Juan. Port Renfrew's bay is still called Port San Juan. Like many coastal Vancouver Island communities, Port Renfrew has a rich history in forestry and fishing.

Tourism and attractions

In recent years, Port Renfrew has seen an increase in tourism. The Ancient Forest Alliance (AFA) has worked hard to locate and preserve some of North America's largest trees located around Port Renfrew. This preservation is paying off as people from all over the globe are now witnessing Avatar Grove and Canada's "gnarliest tree." The Red Creek fir, the world's largest Douglas fir, and San Juan Spruce, Canada's largest Sitka spruce, are also located in the area. Port Renfrew is filled with options that encompass all outdoor enthusiasts' needs. Local natural attractions include the West Coast Trail, Juan de Fuca Trail and Botanical Beach. Port Renfrew is considered one of the best locations for salmon and halibut fishing in North America. There is also excellent sea and freshwater (San Juan and Jordin River) kayaking and birding. The locals of Port Renfrew have been enjoying those trails and forests for decades.

Climate

Climate data for Port Renfrew
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 19.0
(66.2)
16.5
(61.7)
20.0
(68)
24.5
(76.1)
27.5
(81.5)
31.0
(87.8)
31.7
(89.1)
33.5
(92.3)
28.9
(84)
24.0
(75.2)
17.2
(63)
15.0
(59)
33.5
(92.3)
Average high °C (°F) 6.3
(43.3)
7.5
(45.5)
9.7
(49.5)
12.3
(54.1)
15.2
(59.4)
17.4
(63.3)
19.4
(66.9)
20.0
(68)
17.8
(64)
12.9
(55.2)
8.5
(47.3)
5.9
(42.6)
12.7
(54.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.1
(39.4)
4.6
(40.3)
6.2
(43.2)
8.4
(47.1)
11.1
(52)
13.4
(56.1)
15.3
(59.5)
15.6
(60.1)
13.4
(56.1)
9.6
(49.3)
6.1
(43)
3.8
(38.8)
9.3
(48.7)
Average low °C (°F) 1.8
(35.2)
1.6
(34.9)
2.7
(36.9)
4.3
(39.7)
6.9
(44.4)
9.4
(48.9)
11.0
(51.8)
11.1
(52)
9.0
(48.2)
6.3
(43.3)
3.7
(38.7)
1.6
(34.9)
5.8
(42.4)
Record low °C (°F) −12.5
(9.5)
−10.5
(13.1)
−6.7
(19.9)
−2.5
(27.5)
0.0
(32)
1.7
(35.1)
5.0
(41)
2.2
(36)
−0.6
(30.9)
−3.5
(25.7)
−11.5
(11.3)
−11.1
(12)
−12.5
(9.5)
Precipitation mm (inches) 555.7
(21.878)
376.6
(14.827)
362.3
(14.264)
258.7
(10.185)
154.7
(6.091)
107.9
(4.248)
50.5
(1.988)
82.4
(3.244)
123.9
(4.878)
371.2
(14.614)
579.7
(22.823)
481.0
(18.937)
3,504.6
(137.976)
Rainfall mm (inches) 544.0
(21.417)
362.0
(14.252)
356.0
(14.016)
258.1
(10.161)
154.6
(6.087)
107.9
(4.248)
50.5
(1.988)
82.4
(3.244)
123.9
(4.878)
371.0
(14.606)
575.4
(22.654)
468.9
(18.461)
3,454.7
(136.012)
Snowfall cm (inches) 12
(4.7)
15
(5.9)
6
(2.4)
1
(0.4)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1.6)
12
(4.7)
50
(19.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 22.8 18.4 22.3 19.3 16.7 13.9 9.0 9.6 11.1 18.8 23.1 22.4 207.3
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 22.1 17.8 22.0 19.3 16.7 13.9 9.0 9.6 11.1 18.8 22.8 21.5 204.7
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 2.9 2.2 2.0 0.33 0.04 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.08 1.0 2.5 11.1
Source: [1]

See also

Nearby communities

Trivia

  • Port Renfrew often surprises tourists as it appears on maps as a much more substantial town than it actually is, since it's the only town within its vicinity: BC-14 is a dead end street ending at a federal government pier (although the road does continue for several kilometres past the town centre, ending at Botanical Beach, the north-west point of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park).The newly completed (2009) Pacific Marine Circle Route connects Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan completing a South Island Loop for Victoria, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Lake Cowichan, Duncan and back to Victoria. Total driving time approx. 4.5 hrs.

References

  1. ^ "Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010 Station Data". Environment Canada. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

External links

  • Port Renfrew Online
  • Community Site
  • Port Renfrew fishing information
  • Port Renfrew Lodging
  • Port Renfrew Lodging
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