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Port Renfrew Cabin Staycation

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We went on a trip to Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. It's a small town on the west coast of the island. Despite living on Vancouver Island for pretty much all of our lives we've never been there before. This is why we had to finally go on a Port Renfrew Cabin Staycation.
We were back in Canada after a nice 4-month visit to the UK. We had been planning a trip with mom somewhere on Vancouver Island when we got back. Port Renfrew seemed like a good choice and not too far away. We took off in the morning with all our supplies. We went to the store and made sure we had a bunch of food to eat at the cabin we rented. There isn't a lot in the way of grocery stores in Port Renfrew. There is just a General Store where you pay a premium on food items. On the way to the cabin, we stopped at a small lake for a quick picture. Plus we saw an outhouse and we desperately needed to use the toilet as we had been driving for a few hours. There were some guys out on the lake in a b…

Botanical Beach Provincial Park Trail with Gnarly Trees.

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We were having a good Vancouver Island Stay-cation at our cabin we rented on the west coast.
We had a good nights sleep at our cabin in Port Renfrew. We were really happy with our cabin. It was nice and comfortable and close to all this beautiful nature. We were looking for some easier walks to go on in the area after failing to make it all the way to Canada's Gnarliest Tree in Avatar Grove. Botanical Beach Provincial Park was close by to our cabin in Port Renfrew. We had a short drive there and then parked in the parking lot. There wasn't a fee or anything to be in the park or to park the vehicle which was nice. We planned on doing the loop trail around the park. The trail brings you to a few different beaches. We got to the first beach and it felt like we were off to a good start. This beach was immediately down the first trail we found. The beach, the trees and the ocean where all incredible to see. We couldn't have asked for better weather as well. When w…

Avatar Grove and the trail to Canada's Gnarliest Tree.

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Having just returned to Vancouver Island from our summer 2018 trip to the UK, where we also went a cruise to Iceland, we decided to have a bit of a stay-cation to satisfy our wanderlust. We have lived on Vancouver Island for many years yet somehow we've never been to Port Renfrew which is known for big trees such as the ones in Avatar Grove.
We got settled in our cabin and then followed the directions we found in the cabin to Avatar Grove. The cabin had all sorts of tourist information and guides on where to find big trees in the area since that is what people come to Port Renfrew and the west coast of Vancouver Island to see. After a long drive on a gravel road, we came upon the signs for Avatar Grove. There were a handful of other cars parked in the area so we were not alone. It's funny since we hadn't seen any cars on the whole drive there. It was about a 20-minute drive from our cabin in Port Renfrew to get to Avatar Grove. Luckily we brought our umbrella…