Mystic Beach

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park

Cowichan Valley + Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Mystic Beach


  • The trailhead for Mystic Beach and China Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • A section of boardwalk trail on the way to Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • Sun poking through the trees on the Juan de Fuca Trail.- Mystic Beach
  • The trail has sections of rooty dirt and mud as well as some boardwalk sections.- Mystic Beach
  • Arriving at Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • Having fun on the rope swing at Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • The ropeswing is attached to an overhanging tree on the sandstone cliffs.- Mystic Beach
  • For those continuing further on the Juan de Fuca Trail.- Mystic Beach
  • Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • Looking north from Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • Piles of kelp and driftwood line the beach.- Mystic Beach
  • Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
  • A storm approaches at Mystic Beach.- Mystic Beach
Overview + Weather
Beautiful setting. Secluded beach. Nice hike. Backcountry camping.
More driving and hiking required than for many other beaches along the way.
Cowichan Valley + Southern Vancouver Island, BC
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
108.00 m (354.33 ft)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.00 km (2.49 mi)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
80.00 m (262.47 ft)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


While the rugged coastline and long sandy beaches of Pacific Rim National Park are unmatched on Vancouver Island’s west coast, Mystic Beach is a gem among its neighboring south island beaches. A beautiful 2-kilometer forested trail leads to a half-kilometer stretch of mostly sandy beach that features amazing sunsets views, tide pools, a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities, a backcountry campsite, and the signature sandstone cliffs that distinguish this beach from its neighbors. Here visitors can enjoy a waterfall pouring onto the beach, a walk-through rock archway at low tide, and a fun rope-swing over the breaking waves. The trail to the beach begins from the upper parking lot at China Beach, and it is actually the southern end of the 47-kilometer Juan de Fuca Trail that follows the coastline from here to Port Renfrew to the northwest. Mystic Beach provides an opportunity to experience a small sample of the Juan de Fuca or West Coast Trail experience without the requisite planning, time investment, and higher cost.

The beach is a fantastic spot for a day trip or a one-nighter, and with the campsite being just 2-kilometers from the parking lot, it’s a perfect place for an introduction to overnight backpacking trips for those who are not accustomed to long treks. Additionally, it allows for Juan de Fuca hikers to set off relatively late in the evening, reach the first night’s destination quickly, and set off early in the morning rather than having to drive from the city first thing in the morning before embarking on a long day of hiking.

As mentioned, there are plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities here including seals, sea lions, migrating humpback and gray whales during spring and fall, and resident or transient orcas. Also, keep in mind that black bears and cougars are in the area, so be sure to take precautions, particularly if you will be staying overnight. Sunset at Mystic beach is undoubtedly spectacular, but if you don’t plan on camping, make sure to bring a light or leave in time to make it back to the parking lot before dark. The trail should take around 45 minutes at an average pace.

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