Port Renfrew

PORT RENFREW, pop 175, lies at the mouth of the San Juan R 110 km west of VICTORIA. LOGGING began here in 1906. Wood cut inland was transported to the water by rail, then towed to mills in Victoria. The DAVIS RAFT was pioneered by this operation. Later in the century, TOURISM has flourished. Port Renfrew is the jumping-off point for the WEST COAST TRAIL heading north and the JUAN DE FUCA MARINE TRAIL heading south. It was named in 1896 for a British lord who planned to locate settlers nearby.

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