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The Englishman River

With a length of 40 km (24.8 miles), the Englishman River includes a park and waterfall, which brings you excellent opportunities to explore it. Not enough can be said about the attraction of Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. You can hike along the trails and captured the beauties of nature. The great Englishman River Falls, swimming pool, fishing spots, beautiful forest walk, and watching giant trees are among the scenes, especially in summer. Also, autumn is spectacular and beautiful for spending time in the area. Adventures around the Englishman River are suitable for all ages. Get relaxed by the falls, which are about 23-31 m (75-100 ft) in height. Have meals at a picnic table with your friends or family.


The Englishman River Location

The Englishman River is on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It originates from Jewel Lake and flows in an easterly direction for 40 km (25 miles), enters the Strait of Georgia at Parksville, British Columbia. The Englishman River watershed comprises Arrowsmith Lake, Hidden Lake, Fishtail Lake, Healy Lake, Shelton Lake, and Rhododendron Lake. By going almost 7.5 km (4.6 miles) to the south, you can enjoy another stunning park situated along the Englishman River, the Englishman River Regional Park.


How to Get to the Englishman River by Car

From Nanaimo:
The access to the Englishman River from Nanaimo is via BC-19 N. It is 35.2 km (21.8 miles) and takes about 30 minutes.
Take Third St to BC-19 N. After 3.3 km (2 miles), follow BC-19 N to Island Hwy E/BC-19A S in Nanaimo G. Take exit 46 from BC-19 N and drive 27.8 km (17.2 miles). Continue on Island Hwy E/BC-19A S. Drive to Mine Rd in Nanaimo G, and after 4.1 km (2.5 miles), you will reach the Englishman River.

From Victoria:
Getting to the Englishman River from Victoria is via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N. It is 145 km (90 miles) and takes about 2 hours.
Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N for 1.2 km (0.7 miles). Continue Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to Nanaimo G. Take exit 46 from BC-19 N and drive 140 km (87 miles). Continue on Island Hwy E/BC-19A S. Drive to Mine Rd in Nanaimo G, and after 4.1 km (2.5 miles), you will reach the Englishman River.


The Hike to Get to the Englishman River

1. "Englishman River Falls Trail" is a 1.3 kilometre (0.8 miles) heavily trafficked loop with 52 m (170.6 ft) elevation gain. It is in the vicinity of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada, excellent for skill levels. It offers numerous activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also allowed to use this trail.

2. Another trail suitable for hiking, walking, and mountain biking is the 1.8 kilometres (1.1 miles) "Englishman River Estuary" trail. The path is a lightly trafficked loop located near Parksville and has 23 m (75.4 ft) of elevation gain. This all-year-round trail includes the river and is suitable for all skill levels.

3. "Walrus Lower, Brian's Worm and Pervert's Traverse" trail is suitable for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. It has an 8-kilometre (4.9 miles) length and 350 m (1148.2 ft) elevation gain. The path is lightly trafficked, located near Nanaimo F. This moderate trail includes the river and is dog friendly.


History of the Englishman River

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park was built in 1940 to protect the old-growth Douglas forest and related plants and the lands around the river and the waterfall. Today the park is well known for its natural beauty, such as its crystal clear pool, small rocky beach downstream from the lower falls, a great freshwater swimming hole, and sunbathing areas.
On December 20, 1940, the park was established that protects the old-growth forest and the associated ecosystem along the river. There is a dammed reservoir there as a source of water for Parksville, British Columbia. The name of this river is given because "an Englishman was drowned while attempting to cross the river." The indigenous people in the area found his skeleton near the waterfalls. Therefore, they gave the river its current name.


Things to do around the Englishman River Area

You can experience a lot at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, but the river itself must still be mentioned. The area is suitable for all ages. Especially if you are in Nanaimo or Parksville, it's worth having a visit. There is a perfect swimming hole under the orange bridge for kids, but it's better to have an eye on the younger ones. The fall is fantastic at any time of the year, but it is fascinating in the spring.
The river after the fall is safe for water activities. Rope swinging, diving and swimming in the river with your friends and even your pet will be fun.
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is an excellent place to relax, having a camp or eating meals at picnic tables, mainly in summer to refresh. The park is not crowded, and it's an excellent place for long hiking with dogs. With beautiful scenes such as the sunset, the eye-catching nature in autumn and spring, you can find gems to shoot.

Rivers Near the Englishman River

Nanaimo River

Nanaimo River

Somass River

Somass River

Englishman River

Englishman River

The Englishman River Activities

Cycling

In Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bike) are permitted on designated trails. There are a definition and some criteria for e-bike use as outline in the Biking in BC Parks guidelines.

Hiking

Hiking is through the lush second-growth and old-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock, arbutus, and maple. These walking trails follow the river and lead to the falls that provide fabulous scenery of the canyon and waterfalls.

Swimming

You can swim in the river below the lower falls. When the river levels are low, this pool is an ideal place for swimming. In this park, there isn't any lifeguard.

Wildlife Viewing

In the park, there are a lot of spectacular views of the forest and river canyon.

Fishing

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

Camping

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

What you Can Expect to Do Near the Englishman River

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

The Englishman River Outline

Specifications

Climate

Water Temperature

Timing

1. The distances are estimated from Englishman River Regional Park.
1. The numbers are estimated on average for Parksville.
2. - In January, there is snow and ice in Englishman park, and the falls are running, but there are icicles everywhere. It is stunning!


What you Can Expect to See Near the Englishman River

Parksville

Parksville

Colliery Dam Park

Colliery Dam Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Maffeo Sutton Park

Nanaimo River

Nanaimo River

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

Planning for the Englishman River

Suitability

Services

Camping & Resort

Travel Tips

Rules and Guidelines

1. There are two paths cross the river; the first one gives the visitors a bird's eye view as the waterfalls down the narrow rock canyon toward the water below. In the second one, the river falls into a deep, crystal-clear pool when the river levels are low.
2. Pets are not allowed to come in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behavior, and you must dispose of their excrement. Due to the wildlife issues and potential problems, entering dogs and other pets to the park are prohibited.
1. The distances are estimated from Englishman River Regional Park, Allsbrook Trail, Parksville.
1. The distances are from Englishman River Regional Park, Allsbrook Trail, Parksville.
2. Englishman River Falls Provincial Park Campground has 107 sites, most of which have vehicles and can be reserved during summer.
1. Keep your campfires small.
There are many rules and guidelines in these campgrounds. It would be best if you observed the following rules there:

- Smoking, using tobacco, cannabis or other substances are only allowed in designated campsites.

- Park gates are closed by 11:00 pm. only registered campers are allowed to be there after 11:00 pm.

- Drinking liquor is prohibited anywhere in the park in the campsites.

- Making excessive noise, especially music and loud talking, is forbidden.

- Firearms are forbidden.

- To be safe from bears, keep your food in your vehicle, not at the campsite. Don't feed or reach the bears.


Campfire is forbidden in many places in the park, especially in sensitive environments. Everywhere that campfire is allowed. There are some fire-rings or pits for making fire. If the fire-rings are not available, you must follow these guidelines for building a campfire:

- It is built at least three meters far away from any log, stump, snag, standing trees, or wooden structure.

- Throw out all leaves, twigs and other flammable materials at least 30 centimetres (11.8 inches) around the fire.

- It shouldn't be more extensive than 0.5 meters (1.6 ft) in height and 0.5 meters (1.6 ft) in diameter.

- After finishing your work, be sure that you extinguish the fire. Sift the ashes with your fingers to be sure.

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