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China Beach - Discover Vancouver Islands Most Tranquil Beach

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Jordan River
45 min - 2 hrs
2km (1.24mi)


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China Beach is another beautiful beach along the coast of southern Vancouver Island. A stunning hike, amazing views, sand beaches and a hidden waterfall are just some of the reasons why you should visit China Beach and why it is one of the most popular beaches on South Vancouver Island. An accessible beach to reach with a great trail. Even if it’s busy, this beach offers a peaceful, relaxing spot where you can let your stresses go.

China Beach - Tranquil and Inspiring

Take the 15-minute walk as the sunbeams sprinkle the wide path ahead. The forest is thick with a mix of new and old-growth trees. The moss and ferns cover the forest floor.

After passing a few giant trees along the trail, you reach a platform and peer through the trees. You can catch a glimpse of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the beautiful cove.

As the beach opens up at the last bend in the trail, you instantly get a wave of calmness washing over you. You take in a breath and notice the waves crashing against the shore, the long beach fenced in by the wall of forest. Even during busy times, there’s a sense of quietness and internal peace at China Beach that other beaches may offer, but the intensity and tranquillity is unique to China Beach.

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Parking: Good-sized parking lot shared with China Beach, not big enough for RV

Amenities: Toilets at the parking lot and on the beach. No running water.

Cell Coverage: Not great, most likely reach American towers. By the end of 2022, and tower upgrades are scheduled to be complete.



Getting to China Beach

By Car –
China Beach is an hour and a half from Victoria, located just past Jordan River, about halfway between Sooke and Port Renfrew, in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. China Beach is another great stop along route 14 and won’t disappoint. The two parking lots offer easy access to the trailhead, located at the eastern end of the lower parking lot. In the upper parking lot, you will find the Mystic Beach trail access. Outhouses are located lower parking lot and at the beach.

Take a Bus –
Planning an overnight hike along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail? Need a way to get to the trail or back to your car? West Coast Trail Express offers a daily trail bus in the summer and every second day in the winter. Leaving Victoria and stopping at Sooke, China Beach/Mystic Beach, Sombrio and Port Renfrew.

The Trail –
Head down the trail for a gorgeous 15-minute walk to the ocean. The path starts wide and flat. As you continue, the trees get more significant as the trail narrows. At some point, you will reach the steeper portion of the hike, and stairs will come into play.

The trail opens up to the large driftwood trees, thrown to the shore by the waves crashing against the vast pebble and sand beach. If you head to the right (West), you will quickly run into cliffs, large boulders that are great for climbing, and a waterfall tucked back into the forest.

Head the other way for a beautiful walk along the beach. As you reach Second Beach, there is a 1km trail that heads up the stairs and a fairly steep trail to the China Beach Campground.

"Beautiful beach at the end of a short trail. If you explore it a little, you can also find a stunning waterfall."

China Beach Campground

Camping is not allowed on the beach at China Beach but there is a fairly small forested campground located just down the highway from the trailhead parking lot. The China Beach campground has large private spots with a fire pit and picnic table. The campground has pit toilets, and potable water taps and is located only 1km from the shore.

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Currently, it’s iffy and will probably hit off American towers. by the end of 2022, and tower upgrades are scheduled to be complete.

There are some stairs and some elevation but nothing too hard.

It’s not uncommon to see people having a small fire on China beach but unfortunately, they are not allowed.

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