Juan de Fuca Provincial Park
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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It's not sandy shores that draw visitors to Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island's southwest coast -- it's the craggy coast of Botanical Beach. This rocky shoreline features dozens of tidal pools that house a variety of marine creatures like mussels, snails and sea stars. In fact, the terrain here is so diverse that it was home to the University of Minnesota's marine biology station during the early 1900s. Today, visitors are welcome to explore the beach (and its residents) for themselves.
But that's not all Juan de Fuca Provincial Park has to offer: This 30-mile-long stretch of coastline is also home to numerous hiking trails, such as the beloved Juan de Fuca Trail, and viewpoints like the Loss Creek and Minute Creek suspension bridges. Just make sure to bring your camera: You'll be able to see Washington State's Olympic Mountains from many points in the park.
Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is open all day, every day, and admission is free. For more information, check out the park's website.