About Port Renfrew
Port Renfrew, British Columbia is a small community on the southern tip of the West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is quite similar to Tofino, however, it is only an approximate one hour forty five minute drive west of Victoria, north of the fast growing community of Sooke. Long a forestry and commercial fishing hub, the town has now transitioned to a centre for outdoor recreation including sports fishing, hiking, old growth forest tourism and eco-tourism. It is most famous as the trail head for both the West Coast Trail, and the Juan de Fuca Trail, and as well, being home to the best salt water salmon and halibut fishing on Southern Vancouver Island with hundreds of fishermen descending on the town every summer from local communities, Alberta and the United States.
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Port Renfrew is a seaside community centered around the local wharf, and provides visitors and residents with a relaxed, personable atmosphere as only a small village can create.
Several major changes have put Port Renfrew on the map in recent years. The most significant development is the completion of the $25+ million dollar, Pacific Marine Highway Circle Route, connecting Port Renfrew to eastern and northern Vancouver Island with a new paved highway. The completion of the circle route in 2009 has brought increased traffic and exposure to the region from areas such as Duncan and Nanaimo where transit time is now 1.5 to 2 hours instead of 3 to 3.5 hours. The circle Route has also enhanced Port Renfrew’s accessibility to Alberta traffic flying into Comox airport.
During 2012, the provincial government injected nearly 20 million dollars into road highway improvements with the building of 2 new bridges and upgrading of road surface.
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With this newfound accessibility to the Port Renfrew region, more and more travellers and recreational enthusiasts will continue to discover this scenic and attractive region, offering potential for added tourism-related development as well some single family residential growth.