Apparently Vancouver Island has the largest surviving population of Roosevelt Elk in BC; most occurring on the Northern part of the Island. This was a rare sighting for us!
20 years ago it was indeed a trek out to the Beach and what a magical place it was! Last time I saw it was about 30 years ago when one had to drive for hours over a dirt road and then hike for ? hrs on a questionable "path" through brush and mud - not for the faint of heart. Now the road past Port Renfrew is completely paved - only about a 7 minute drive. The parking lot has two paths - one directly to Botanical Beach, a grand 1 km distance, and the path to Botany Bay, a staggering .75 km. If you want a really good trek
there is a trail that loops, total 2.5 km around. Although I wouldn't describe it as entirely wheelchair accessible, it is a well groomed, fairly easy trail. So much has changed - tidal pools are still awesome, but not quite the vivid colours or variety of sea life that I remember. There was something about the half day trek in that used to make it truly out of this world <3