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Monday, March 19, 2012

Juan de Fuca Marine Park

 China Beach


Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and Provincial Park and Jordan River are the themes today.  It is "J" at ABC Wednesday!  The park is on the west coast of southern  Vancouver Island just past Jordan River to the west and it extends up to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew.
Also for Our World Tuesday, Outdoors Wednesday and Nature Notes Wednesday.  Thank you so much to the bloggers who host these memes and please go and visit them.
The Juan de Fuca Marine Trail  has trail heads from Botanical Beach, Sombrio Beach, Parkinsons Creek and China Beach but check the parks site for updates on the trails before you go.  The Juan de Fuca Trail is a wilderness hiking trail of 47 kilometers of roaring surf and ruggest west coast scenery.  At the east end of the park is China Beach which is 35 km west from Sooke..  The trail was developed as a reminder of the Victoria Commonwealth Games in 1994.  Hiking the entire trail takes three to five days,  many hikers start the trail at China Beach so they can end it at Botanical Beach.
 Jordan River

 Jordan River

Jordan River is around 70 km west of Victoria.  It began as a logging camp in late 19th century. It is where many surfers gather to enjoy the winter wind and surf.  There is still active logging there and the logs are tied into rafts at the river mouth and then they get towed out to sea and to Vancouver or Washington.  Travel to Jordan River was only by boat until 1912 when a road connected it to Sooke.  Jordan River has a clear view of the  Strait of Juan de Fuca and was used in World War ll to house a warning system in case of Japanese attack.


  1. What a gorgeous place! Fantastic beaches, beautiful skies and such a delightful wooded area! What a great place to spend time! Thanks for sharing this with us today!! Hope you have a lovely evening and a wonderful day tomorrow!


  2. These photos are gorgeous! What a lovely place to visit.

  3. Love the surf and the sea and your beautiful forests.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous place and stunning pictures!
    J is for...

  5. I want to explore that beautiful park.

    My J is....

  6. Someday I'm going to make that JOURNEY and see that gorgeous surf and Park.

  7. We do live in one of the most beautiful places on earth! BC has so many places to see and experience...I must journey over there soon to see these spots! Have a jolly good week,

    abcw team

  8. Thanks for the comments about Blogger and Picasa.
    When I went to post my photos to make my ABC post there was no icon that said "Blog This" anymore. the only way I could post was to make an album out of the pictures I wanted to post and go into the Blogger dashboard and download that album to blogger compose. Compose was a whole new format from before. I somehow got it done. Then I went back to Picasa and deleted that album since I already had all of the pictures on file.
    I am so computer challenged. I'm glad I figured out a way to post to my blog anyway.
    Any secrets would be most appreciated.

  9. a different Jordan River than I was familiar with.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  10. Such a gorgeous place! Even though I'm from an island, our waves are much more calmer and there's no chance of doing any surfing.

  11. The photos were stunning, crisp and clear! The places look fantastic and fabulous to ramble esp. among woods and sea beside, is a great company. The details were added information to knowledge. I wish these cut off logs does not change the pattern of this wildness and nature.

  12. Wow, it has been ages that I saw pics of logs in a river! On your first pic of the Jordan river, it looks very wide!

  13. Looks like a great beach to watch the surfers. Lovely photos and scenery. Happy Spring!

  14. Calling by as another Outdoor Wednesday participant, lovely selection of photos. by the way Google connect is still working perfectly and will continue to do so I heard there was a lot of misunderstanding about this.

  15. These are wonderful shots. It's such a beautiful place and it looks like you had the perfect day for photography.

  16. As the last comment said, a different Jordan River than I had thought AND a different China Beach too! Great photos :) I especially love the surfing and the rafts of logs!

  17. Beautiful photos..I was kind of sad to see the logging..I wish we would try to preserve more of our forests and use less hardwoods..Thank you for linking up to Nature Notes this week...Michelle

  18. A beautiful and relaxing place!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  19. Your photos bring back wonderful memories of our visit to China Beach and trails in 2008. Such a gorgeous place to visit.

  20. So beautiful! My thought with each picture is "I want to be there." Just absolutely lovely.

  21. the light through the trees is exceptional
    and all your water shots are beautiful

  22. Anonymous5:33 pm

    Hello, I check your blog daily. Your story-telling style is witty, keep doing what you're doing!

  23. Your photos of this amazing journey are gorgeous.
    If only I were a tad younger I might try this adventure.
    cheers :)

  24. thanks a lot for this amazing trip,
    I love it!!!

  25. Thanks again for your comments...they were eagerly read and my head is spinning with all the praises!

    Strange how a few kind words can make your day.

    Photowannabe, hope I helped you out at your site.


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