Getting Here

Don’t expect a boring highway drive when traveling to Port Renfrew. This beautiful coastal road is easily one of the island’s most scenic trips.

Stop and enjoy local fare at the Shirley Delicious cafe, watch the surfers catch some waves or stop for a bite to eat at The Cold Shoulder Cafe in Jordan River, explore the many hikes, stop and enjoy the magnificence of French Beach or China Beach.

Getting here is half the fun, so be sure to stop, explore, and enjoy the drive!


*Due to intermittent cell coverage, refer to your map or GPS prior to leaving for Port Renfrew.

Arriving from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

  • Drive off the ferry and take highway 17A into Victoria, then to Sooke.
  • Exit #7 McKenzie Ave and then take Trans Canada Highway.1/Nanaimo.
  • Follow signs to Sooke then Port Renfrew.

There is no cell service between Sooke & Port Renfrew (about 1 hour) so GPS won’t work.

Once you arrive in Port Renfrew, you’re on Parkinson Road…you’ll see Tomi’s cafe on the right…take the next right onto Baird Road.

Turn left immediately into West Coast Cottages and continue up the hill to the top, keep right, into the new development.

The drive from the ferry is just over 2 hours. 

Local Amenities

Groceries & Alcohol

There is only one small convenience store in Port Renfrew so we recommend stopping in Sooke as you pass through. While this convenience store does carry a small selection of essentials, the selection is very limited. They also sell alcohol, but again the selection is limited.

There are 2 grocery stores located in Sooke. the easiest to access is the Western Foods. The entrance to the parking lot will be the first right exit at the main roundabout in Sooke. There is also a Liquor Store and Dollar Store in the same complex. If you miss the exit, there is a Villages Food Market on the left just after the roundabout.

Gas & Propane

There is now a gas and propane station in Port Renfrew. 

Port Renfrew

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