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Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the
west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach
Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking
trails through lush forests. A wide swatch of green lawn
fronts this sand and pebble beach, where visitors can
relax and enjoy a picnic or take a cool dip in the ocean.
In addition to offering fabulous views of the Strait
of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, the 1,600-meter
beach at this park is an ideal location for exploring
and whale watching. The magnificent Gray whales pass by
this park in the spring as they migrate to northern feeding
grounds, and return again in the fall. Roaming pods of
resident killer whales can also be seen offshore, as well
as otters, seals and sea lions. French Beach is also a
good spot to observe Bald eagles, ospreys and a variety
French Beach offers year-round vehicle accessible camping
in a beautiful natural setting within minutes walk to
the ocean. Facilities include a picnic/day-use area, a
sani-station, pit toilets and fresh water. More camping
and hiking opportunities are located nearby at Juan
de Fuca Provincial Park.
- Tide Tables: Tide
Tables are posted at trailheads and available at local bookstores. Remember
one hour to
the listed tidal times during May to October as Daylight Savings Time is in
effect. For this area, visitors should reference the Fisheries and Oceans tide
Beach Provincial Park is located on the west coast of southern
Vancouver Island. The park can be accessed via
Hwy 14, 20 km west of Sooke. Directional signs are posted.
The park is located approximately 11 km from Jordan River.
Nearest communities, towns or cities are Sooke,
Jordan River, Port Renfrew, Victoria.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
- History -
Imagine loving to travel so much, you would walk across
Canada! Imagine falling though the ice in the Northwest
Territories, losing all the toes off one foot and the
heel off the other to frostbite, thanking aboriginal
knowledge that you did not lose more! Imagine not stopping
there, traveling by boat and canoe down the Bulkley
Valley to Vancouver and then paddling around Vancouver
Island to find your future home.It took pioneer James
French two adventurous years to travel from New Brunswick
to Victoria. He pre-empted the land west of Sooke in
1885. French was an early naturalist, traveling the
world to bring exotic animals to zoos for public enjoyment
and education. After an expedition to Africa, French
once brought home a small elephant, before selling
it to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. French died
in 1952, survived by his family who continued to live
on the property and play an active part in local logging.
French had hoped that a much larger section of the
west coast of Vancouver Island would be made into a
provincial park. His home and favourite beach would
become French Beach Provincial Park in 1974 - 20 years
later, Juan de Fuca Provincial Park would further his
Heritage - French Beach lies within the traditional territory of the T'Sou-ke
First Nation. Their economy was based on hunting, fishing and gathering,
and extended families among the Straits people owned the lands
and resources, which could not be sold, only inherited.
- Conservation - Beautiful hiking trails
lead you through second growth forest of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce,
western hemlock and Western red cedar to the sand and pebble beach.
You will also find salal, Oregon grape, evergreen huckleberries and
a large variety of ferns along the trails.
- Wildlife - Once on the beach, there are excellent whale-watching opportunities, particularly for Gray whales. These magnificent creatures migrate to northern feeding grounds in the spring and return south in the fall. Killer whales, otters, seals and sea lions can also be seen offshore. French Beach is also a great place to observe seabirds, Bald eagles and ospreys.A number of other animals can be found in the park, including frogs, salamanders and small mammals such as minks, squirrels and raccoons. Black bears and cougars make their homes in the surrounding areas and may move through the park, especially during warmer months.
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safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group campsite and/or
group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park.
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park has vehicle accessible campsites, located in
the forest approximately a 5-10 minute walk from
the beach. Campsite
reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served
sites are also available.
Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
Senior's Rate (Shoulder Season only):
$7.50 per senior's couple/night
Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night
of Operation - All dates are subject
to change without notice
and Closing Campground Dates: (campground
is accessible but may not offer full services
such as water, security, etc.)
(sani-station open all year)
Dates with Full Services and Fees:
14 - October 31
Winter fee applies from November 1 - March
14 with no services provided.
15 - September 8
Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is not
is one group campsite at French Beach with a
maximum group size of 50. French Beach Group
site has the following amenities:
water, double sink and woodstove under private
shelter. Shelter also has electrical plug-in
for small appliances only.
tables and lots of counter space.
fire pit with seating.
chair accessible pit toilets.
access approx 100 metres away.
in gravel parking lot for RV's.
grass tenting area.
here for reservation information.
Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night
park has a large, grassy day-use/picnic area with
an adventure playground, picnic tables, fire rings,
fresh water taps and pit toilets. The day use area
is located next to the sand and gravel beach.
Area Vehicle Parking Fee:
$1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per/day. For information about yearly parking passes, or further information
about parking fees, click
Picnicking Fee: $50.00 per group
Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are
water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are
shut off during the off-season.
toilets are located throughout French Beach Park. There are no flush
sani-station/dump is available at this park, subject
to freezing conditions. Facilities are located alongside
Hwy 14, west of the park entrance. Please
note - the sani-dump may be shut down temporarily,
due to freezing temperatures during the winter season.Sani-station
Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge
While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to
conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire
and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided
at each campsite, as well as communal rings in the
day use area. Fires are not permitted on the beach.
Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.
Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To
preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't
gather firewood from the area around your campsite
or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence
under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat
element for many plants and animals and it adds organic
matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air
quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning
hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared
to bring a portable stove for cooking.
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park
are interpretations services available at this park.
For more information, please contact the Park
2 kilometers of maintained hiking trails travel
through the park. Trails lead through salt marsh
and second-growth forest of Douglas fir, Sitka spruce,
Western hemlock and Western red cedar, connecting
with shoreline walks along the beautiful beach.
This trail system is accessible from the day use
area and the campground. For your own safety and
the preservation of the park, obey posted signs
and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails
destroys plant life and soil structure.
This park has an adventure playground, located at
the day use area.
There is no designated swimming area at this park,
however French Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean
and there are opportunities for swimming. The water
is very cold. Bring good footwear if you want to walk
along the sand and gravel beach. There are no lifeguards
on duty at provincial parks
Canoeing and kayaking at French Beach is not recommended
due to the strong ocean currents.
This park does not have a boat launch. The nearest
boat launches are located near Jordan River and in
are saltwater/ocean fishing opportunities at this
park. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and
federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check
the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans
Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling
in British Columbia
must have an appropriate
must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory
in British Columbia.
animals must be on a leash at all times and are not
allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible
for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or
other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential
for problems with bears.
addition to offering fabulous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and
the Olympic Mountains, French Beach is an excellent location for whale
watching. The magnificent Gray whales pass by the park as they migrate
to northern feeding grounds in the spring and return in the fall. Roaming
pods of resident killer whales are often seen offshore, as well as otters,
seals and sea lions. French Beach is also a good location to see Bald
eagles, ospreys and a variety of seabirds.
Beach Provincial Park is open year round, with limited services.
SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
are opportunities for windsurfing at French Beach.
hunting in the park.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
No cabins, yurts or lodges for public use.