Port Renfrew is famous for its stunning old-growth forests. Home to Avatar Grove and the trailheads for the Juan de Fuca and West Coast Trails, people travel from around the world to take in the pristine coastal rainforest.
The community has rebranded itself as “Canada’s Tall Tree Capital,” and numerous businesses have sprung up to support it.
Now, however, over 100 hectares of the forest that they cherish and depend on is being auctioned off by the provincial timber agency.
Eco-tourism is allowing the economy to thrive while leaving the forest intact, and several other communities have followed their lead. We need to be supporting this industry moving forward.