abundant tide pools, spectacular geological features and rich shore
life were the reasons Dr. Josephine Tildon choose the area that is now
the park for the University of Minnesota's marine station in the early
1900's. During those early years a steamship travelled from Victoria
to Point Renfrew, dropping the students off, where they would proceed
by foot on a narrow trail to the research station.
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Renfrew which is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island on
Highway 14, there is a good gravel road to a very large parking lot
and a 15 - 20 minute pleasant walk in the woods to the beach.
are no facilities within the park. Visitors must pack supplies and garbage
in and out.
The park area encompasses 251 hectares filled with hundreds of species
of plants and animals, all of which have adapted to the wide range of
conditions. When the tide is out organisms that cannot survive when
dried out will live in tide pools or shaded crevices or by piling together
to reduce moisture loss. Sea life such as the Gooseneck Barnacle, the
Sea Palm, purple sea urchins, seastars, anemones, snails and mussels
are all found here during low tide, nestled into the soft sandstone
that the surrounding formations are made by. Killer and Grey whales,
sea lions and seals have been observed in the offshore waters.