French Beach Provincial Park, Shirley

Rocky beach and driftwood looking north at French Beach Provincial Park near Shirley, British Columbia. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

North view of the beach at French Beach Provincial Park.





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Camera, Binoculars, Questions, Sense of Curiosity, Bird Book, Wildlife Book, Plant Identification Book

Surround yourself with mature forests, lush lawns or the windswept coastline of Vancouver Island at French Beach Provincial Park. Offering a variety of activities to enjoy including camping, hiking, wildlife viewing, windsurfing and interpretive programs. As well, visitors can be awed by the spectacular views or spot wildlife in rich waters off the park's expansive shore.

French Beach Provincial Park is a prime wildlife viewing location along Vancouver Island's rugged coastline. Throughout the year visitors can enjoy the beautiful views and keep a lookout for whales, otters, seals and birds while appreciating the rich history of the region and the park's namesake.

The area north of Sooke along the coast of Vancouver Island was once the traditional territory of the T'Sou-ke First Nation. The French Beach region was settled in 1885 by pioneer and naturalist James French who used to acquire exotic animals for zoos and owned the property until his death in 1952. His home and favourite beach was converted to French Beach Provincial Park in 1974.

Encompassing 59 hectares, visitors to the the park can enjoy a variety of activities including hiking (the park has approximately two kilometres of hiking trails), wildlife viewing (such as seabirds, orcas, otters and sea lions as well as Grey Whales during the Spring migration), camping, windsurfing and interpretive programs. The views are a big draw to the area as the peaceful setting overlooks Washington's Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

With facilities open year round, French Beach Provincial Park offers a range of interesting activities to enjoy.

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Picnic and day use area shaded by trees and offering views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca at French Beach Provincial Park near Shirley, British Columbia.
Rocky beach and driftwood looking south at French Beach Provincial Park near Shirley, British Columbia.
Enjoy beautiful views, camping, wind surfing, a spectacular beach and wildlife viewing at  French Beach Provincial Park near Shirley, British Columbia.

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