• French Beach Sign


Situated on the scenic Strait of Juan de Fuca on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island, French Beach Provincial Park offers much more than just beautiful hiking trails through lush forests. A wide swatch of green lawn fronts this sand and pebble beach, where visitors can relax and enjoy a picnic or take a cool dip in the ocean.

French Beach

French Beach

In addition to offering fabulous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains, the 1,600-metre beach at this park is an ideal location for exploring and whale watching. The magnificent Gray whales pass by this park in the spring as they migrate to northern feeding grounds, and return again in the fall. Roaming pods of resident killer whales can also be seen offshore, as well as otters, seals and sea lions. French Beach is also a good spot to observe Bald eagles, ospreys and a variety of seabirds.


French Beach offers year-round vehicle accessible camping in a beautiful natural setting within minutes walk to the ocean. Facilities include a picnic/day-use area, a sani-station, pit toilets and fresh water. More camping and hiking opportunities are located nearby at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Campground Dates of Operation

All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Year round
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: March 13 – October 31
Winter fee applies from November 1 – March 12 with reduced services provided.
Campground Reservable Dates: May 13 – October 6
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 69
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
100% Reservable
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the “Attention Visitor Notice” above for park alerts.
Picnic area at French Beach

Picnic Area at French Beach

This campground is a typical Provincial Park campground … most sites are heavily

Playground area at French Beach

Playground area at French Beach

treed so you’re going to be in the shade. The sites are fairly large and well spaced out. The sites have no services but are suitable for either tents or self-contained RV’s.  It’s quite popular in the summer months with families, so reservations should be considered. There is a nice picnic area as well as a small playground for the kids. The beach is a typical gravel/rock beach, great for beachcombing etc.

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