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Beginning on May 1, 2024, British Columbia will implement a new regulation that limits short-term rentals to the host’s primary residence and one secondary suite or accessory dwelling unit in many B.C. communities. The province has exempted smaller communities and tourist destinations, including Port Renfrew, from the new regulations. This exemption is due to Port Renfrew’s small population and distance from larger municipalities. Learn more about the regulations on the Government of BC’s website: 

Respect the Local Community

Respect, acknowledge and learn about the traditional and ancestral territory of the Pacheedaht First Nation, on whose land Port Renfrew, Port San Juan, and the tributaries of the Gordon, and San Juan River estuaries sit. As a guest visiting Pacheedaht First Nation territory, you share a responsibility to care for the land and to be mindful of the environmental footprint you leave.

There is Limited cellphone service in Port Renfrew

Reception is quite spotty on the way to Port Renfrew and once you arrive there is no reception. Make sure to download your maps including our Port Renfrew map. You can also connect to the free Wi-Fi hotspots in the following locations: Visitor Information Centre, Government Dock/ Renfrew pub area, Bridgeman’s, Beach Camp area (by the kid’s park) and Pacheedaht North Campsite.

The weather can change quickly

Because Port Renfrew is nestled along beautiful coastlines and surrounded by ancient rain forests, the weather can be quite damp and rainy. Be sure to pack layers, a rain jacket and a pair of good hiking boots. Overall, packing all weather clothing is the safest bet for your trip. 

Pack in and pack out

There are limited garbage cans in Port Renfrew, so please pack out your garbage and leave no trace.

Limited public washrooms

There are limited public washrooms in Port Renfrew unless you are a restaurant patron or are staying at an accommodation. Public washrooms can be found at the Visitor Centre or Botanical Beach.

Drive cautiously

The roads leading to Port Renfrew are often curvy and can become slippery during the winter season. Additionally, certain parts of the highway might be under construction. Therefore, it’s advisable to check the road conditions before your departure and allocate extra time for your journey to Port Renfrew. It’s also a good idea to inform someone about your destination.

Gas or charge up

When embarking on your journey to Port Renfrew, ensure that you have a full tank of gas as there are only a few gas stations on the way until you reach Port Renfrew. Once you arrive, you can refuel at The Pit Stop gas station, but be aware that the gas pump has broken down in the past, so it’s a good idea to have a backup plan or extra fuel. If you’re driving an electric vehicle, no need to worry because there are charging stations available at the community hall located near the post office.

Bring what you need

Port Renfrew has a small general store that offers limited essential grocery supplies. Therefore, make sure to pack all that you need! Also, there are several fantastic restaurants in Port Renfrew. However, please keep in mind that many of them are closed during the winter. So, it is best to check their hours before you plan to visit.

Signage is limited

Due to limited signage, finding the exact location can take time and effort. Plan your trip before you go and check out our Food & DrinkAccommodations and Things to Do pages!