French Beach Provincial Park

French Beach Provincial Park can be a find place to go if you want to spend some quality time near the water during your visit to Vancouver Island. The 5,250-foot beach that can be found at this 59-hectare park is sandy in parts and rocky in others, and it offers fine views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the beautiful Olympic Mountains in Washington State. Fronting the sand at French Beach Vancouver Island is a wide lawn that is simply ideal for picnics. Swimming is another top option for things to do at the beach, though you should aware that the water is always chilly.

French Beach Provincial Park visitors can do more than picnic and swim. Enticing hiking trails wind their ways through the park's forests and over its hills, so you won't want to forget your hiking boots. You might also pack a pair of binoculars for your trip to French Beach Vancouver Island, as the birding is quite good. Ospreys and bald eagles are among the birds that are most commonly spotted. A pair of binoculars can also come in handy when it comes to observing the sea lions, otters, and seals that frequent the area waters, and you can also use them to your advantage when doing some whale watching. The French Beach Provincial Park is known for its whale watching opportunities, with March and April being the best whale watching months.

Should you find yourself planning a visit to French Beach Vancouver Island, you might keep the camping options in mind. The park offers vehicle-accessible camping throughout the year, and the sites are just minutes from the water. The various sites in the camping area have natural settings, and the available facilities include pit toilets, a garbage/sanitation station, a day-use area that can be used for picnics and other things, and fresh water. Nearby Juan de Fuca Provincial Park also offers camping options, not to mention excellent hiking trails, so it deserves a look if you want to add to your options in both categories. The options only increase when you consider the other parks on the island, including the multifaceted Pacific Rim National Park, which begins just north of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

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