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Jordan River
Jordan River or sometimes called River Jordan is located 31 km (19 miles) north of Sooke and 40 km (25 miles) south of Port Renfrew on Hwy 14.

Logging Camp
Jordan River is named after the river located here that flows into the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Jordan River is a very small hamlet that has traditionally operated as a logging camp harvesting the forests starting in the late 19th century.

Western Forest Products
Today Western Forest Products has a large dryland log-sorting area near the river and can be seen from the West Coast Highway hill towards Port Renfrew. At one time Western Forest Products owned a small number of company homes and industrial property throughout the village but most of these are gone

Jordan River Surf Club
The beach and tidal area that fronts Jordan River is a point where the ocean waves that break are of the type popular for surfing especially in the winter. At one time a long-time established Jordan River Surf Club, made up a group of locals, had been surfing off the Jordan River coastline and farther north-west at Sombrio Beach for a number of years. There are three different locations at Jordan River to surf called Rock Piles, Sewers, and The Point.

Oceanfront Campground
There is a campground at Jordan River operated by Western Forest Products located right on the water near where the old clubhouse for the Jordan River Surf Club sat. The popular campground offers beachfront campsites with fire-pits near where the river empties out and within walking distance to Hwy 14 and the rest of Jordan River. The CRD also has a day-use, walk-in recreation site at Sandcut Beach, with the parking lot situated about 2 km (1.3 miles) south of town on Hwy 14.

BC Hydro
The electrical utility, BC Hydro, also operates a small one-unit, hydro-electric generating turbine from Jordan River, with the original construction finishing in 1911. The generating plant is a product of a number of dams and lakes situated upstream on the Jordan River that had been originally built to power the Bamberton Cement Plant and Victoria. The series of dams and generators have since been upgraded with a penstock feeding a one-unit turbine located behind the community near the dryland log sort. BC Hydro, because of possible dam safety in the event of an earthquake, is also buying property when it becomes available as a precaution. As of this there are very few structures except for the Cold Shoulder Cafe.

China Beach
Jordan River is just south of China Beach which happens to be included in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. At China Beach you can find a provincial campground, beautiful beach and the southern trail head of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail that travels 47 km (29 miles) north-west to Botanical Beach near Port Renfrew.

Juan de Fuca Marine Trail
Unlike the West Coast Trail, the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail requires no reservations and is open all year round. The hike takes you along beautiful ocean beaches by going through lush rain forests to Mystic and Sombrio Beaches. Several rustic campgrounds have been made along the way to enhance your hiking experience. Just remember to pick up a camping permit, tide table and practice 'wildlife awareness' and 'bear-safe' techniques when hiking.

Tansky Motorcycle Trails
For people who love Enduro riding and, especially those who belong to BCORMA, make sure you get to try riding up the Tansky Main. Located near the entrance to China Beach Provincial Campground is where you'll access onto forestry roads leading to the previously logged Tansky Main forestry road. Here you can find at least 20 square km (7.7 square miles) being developed into off-road Enduro trails by the Victoria Motorcycle Club and the Juan de Fuca Enduro Riders.

Bear Country
If you are enjoying the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Information on Jordan River



Map of Hwy 14 at River Jordan
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Beach at Jordan River
Beach at Jordan River


Jordan River Recreation Area
Jordan River Recreation Area


Jordan River
Jordan River


Cold Shoulder Cafe
Cold Shoulder Cafe


Mystic Beach
Mystic Beach


Low Tide at Jordan River
Low Tide at Jordan River


Hwy 14 at Jordan River
Hwy 14 at Jordan River



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