Pacific Marine Circle Route – VI April 2018

CK Wright Photo Trips

Continuing on from my last post on the extended weekend trip to Vancouver Island, on Saturday a friend and I drove the Pacific Marine Circle Route. This all weather paved route heads north from Victoria, through the Cowichan Valley, and then southwest to Port Renfrew and finally south and east back to Victoria along the rugged Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

We made a few detours from the route, in particular the eastern leg as we wanted to see more of the Cowichan Valley and to stop at the Kinsol Trestle. This massive trestle completed in 1920 spans the Koksilah River at a height of 44 metres / 145 feet. The trestle was rebuilt in 2011-2012 as part of the Cowichan Valley Trail route.

I should mention that the weather was variable with periods of sun, overcast, and even a few brief showers. During one of the dry spells, we stopped at Harris Creek and photographed this side creek with the leaning alders.

Just after this capturing this photo, the clouds moved away and with near full sunlight, the deep vibrant green waters of Harris Creek were revealed.

A few other stops along the way were at Lens Creek and Fairy Lake.

Once we arrived at Port Renfrew and with the weather stabilizing, we decided to visit Botanical Beach located in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. It was a short kilometer and half hike out to the beach and we were pleased to see some sun and minimal wind.

We started off at the southeast end of Botany Bay before rounding the headland southeast to Botanical Beach. Here is Botany Bay, looking northwest.

Looking southeast at the headland between Botany Bay and Botanical Beach. With the low tide we elected to walk the beach versus the upland trail to Botanical Beach.

As you can see, there is lots of exposed rock making for some interesting compositions.

Just after rounding the headland, Botanical Beach with the boulders, exposed bedrock, and gravel is in full view.

In one of the pools, were some sea anemones.

At the southeast end of Botanical Beach is another rocky headland with pools of water and waves crashing into shore.

With the afternoon wearing on, it was time to continue homewards, though we had time for another Juan de Fuca Park visit; China Beach.

The weathered and bleached logs along the shoreline contrasted well with the green grass.

One of the classic sight along this exposed and rugged coastline is salal and sitka spruce trees.


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