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Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is one of many breathtaking Vancouver Island parks situated along the Englishman River, west of Nanaimo. This picturesque park features spectacular falls (Englishman River Falls) cascading into deep canyons.
This magnificent region is covered with old-growth and second-growth forests, including various giant trees such as cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock and maple trees. The park has spectacular scenery, especially from two bridges that cross the Englishman River. This area includes numerous rocks above the falls and a deep crystal clear pool with a small rocky beach downstream of the lower falls, a great place to view spawning salmons in the fall and go swimming in the summer. This stunning park offers an excellent chance for lovely camping, peaceful hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing.


Englishman River Falls Provincial Park Location

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, with about 97 hectares (239 acres) area, is located south of Parksville, central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The park has a large day-use area and campground and comprising several hiking trails that pass through the vast forest and along the river.
Cathedral Grove, a part of MacMillan Provincial Park, is a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and is 32 km (19.8 miles) far from the park. Englishman River Regional Park, which is 20.7 km (12.8 miles) away from the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, presents nature's beauty along the Englishman River. It is home to numerous wildlife species, including Roosevelt Elk.
Qualicum National Wildlife Area Nanoose Bay is an essential area for migratory birds. It has a distance of 24.1 km (15 miles) from the Provincial Park and protects 82 hectares (202 acres) of coastal Douglas-fir forest. Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is one of the most magnificent parks on Vancouver Island, situated above Cameron Lake. It is placed northwest of the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park and features an old-growth Douglas-fir forest and a breathtaking waterfall (Little Qualicum Falls).


How to Get to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park by Car

From Nanaimo:
The Fastest route from Nanaimo to Engli Falls Provincial Park is via BC-19 N. It is 48.4 km (30 miles) and takes about 40 minutes.
Head west on Fitzwilliam St toward Wesley St for 800 m (2624 ft). Continue onto Third St for 1.9 km (1.18 miles) and stay on Jingle Pot Rd for 650 m (2132 ft). Turn right onto BC-19 N (signs for Campbell R) and drive 32.6 km (20.2 miles). Take exit 51 for BC-4 Alt toward Parksville/Coombs, and after 550 m (1804 ft), turn left onto Alberni Hwy/BC-4A W (signs for Coombs). Continue 3.3 km (2miles) and turn left onto Errington Rd. You'll reach the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park after 8.7 km (5.4 miles).

From Victoria:
The Fastest route from Victoria to the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and BC-19 N. It is 159 km (98.8 miles) and takes about 2 hours.
Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N for 1.2 km (0.74 miles). Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N and BC-19 N to Alberni Hwy/BC-4A W in Nanaimo F. Take exit 51 for BC-4 Alt toward Parksville/Coombs. After 144.5 km (89.7 miles), drive to Errington Rd. Continue for 12 km (7.4 miles) more to reach Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.


The Hike to Get to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman River Falls Trail is a loop near Parksville, British Columbia, Canada. It has a 1.3 km (0.8 miles) length, 52 m (170 ft) of elevation gain and rates as easy. The trail features a forest and a waterfall and is mostly used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips. It is accessible all around the year. Dogs are allowed to use the path.


History of Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park was established on December 20, 1940, to preserve the river's areas, the waterfalls and the old-growth Douglas-fir forest, and the associated plant communities. The name of the falls (Englishman River Falls) comes from an old legend described that First Nations people found a white man's skeleton along the river near the waterfall in the area; hence, they called the falls Englishman.


Things to do around the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park Area

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a spectacular area with fantastic wildlife that offers numerous activities such as hiking and biking through excellent trails and water sports like swimming in the river below the lower falls. The park gives an opportunity to enjoy some fresh air and water.

The Best Parks Near Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Colliery Dam Park

Colliery Dam Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Beaufort Park

Beaufort Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Bowen Park

Bowen Park

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park

Beach Estates Park

Beach Estates Park

Westwood Lake Park

Westwood Lake Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Steve Smith Bike Park

Steve Smith Bike Park

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Englishman River Regional Park

Englishman River Regional Park

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park Activities

Fishing

Fishing is allowed at parts of the Englishman River from the inlet up to the Englishman River Falls. If you want to identify Englishman river fishing spots, check provincial freshwater fishing regulations. The fishes include pink, coho, summer chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and cutthroat trout.

Biking

Visitors can go cycling along the trails. Keep your bicycle on the roadways. Remember that bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Hiking

There are several hiking trails in the park that offer spectacular views.

Swimming

Swimming is allowed in the river below the lower falls. The deep crystal-clear pool is an ideal swimming hole when river levels are low. Be careful; there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Camping

Campgrounds are available. By following the guidelines, you can spend more time in the area.

Wildlife Viewing

This magnificent region features two waterfalls and is covered with old-growth and second-growth forests, including giant trees such as cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock and maple trees.

What you Can Expect to Do Near Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Hiking on Bowen Park Loop

Hiking on Bowen Park Loop

Nanaimo Diving

Nanaimo Diving

Nanaimo Yacht Club Whale Watching

Nanaimo Yacht Club Whale Watching

Protection Island Ferry Whale Watching

Protection Island Ferry Whale Watching

Nanaimo Whale Watching

Nanaimo Whale Watching

Camping in Deep Bay RV Park

Camping in Deep Bay RV Park

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

Camping in Ford's Cove Marina

Camping in Qualicum Bay Resort

Camping in Qualicum Bay Resort

Camping in Lighthouse RV Park and Campground

Camping in Lighthouse RV Park and Campground

Camping in Bradsdadsland Campsite

Camping in Bradsdadsland Campsite

Nanaimo Kayaking and Canoeing

Nanaimo Kayaking and Canoeing

China Creek Diving

China Creek Diving

Yeo Islands Diving

Yeo Islands Diving

Wall Beach Diving

Wall Beach Diving

The Jib Diving

The Jib Diving

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What you Can Expect to See Near Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Parksville

Parksville

Colliery Dam Park

Colliery Dam Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Beaufort Park

Beaufort Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Pipers Lagoon Park

Bowen Park

Bowen Park

Nanoose Bay

Nanoose Bay

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Chinese Memorial Gardens Park

Neck Point Park

Neck Point Park

Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach

Beach Estates Park

Beach Estates Park

Westwood Lake Park

Westwood Lake Park

Wall Beach

Wall Beach

Parksville Beaches

Parksville Beaches

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

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