Situated on the spectacular Strait of Juan de Fuca on southern Vancouver Island, the 59-hectare French Beach Provincial Park lies within the traditional territory of the T’Sou-ke First Nation.
The economy of the T’Sou-ke people was based on hunting, fishing and gathering, and extended families among the Strait’s people owned the lands and resources, which could not be sold but only inherited.
Great hiking trails lead you through second growth forest of Douglas-fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. A wide swath of lawn fronts this pea-gravel beach where you can picnic and swim. Hundreds of miles of shoreline along the Strait of Juan de Fuca make for some memorable beachcombing. Expect to be surprised at how easy it is to spot otters, seals and seal lions playing offshore, while bald eagles and ospreys glide the thermals overhead.