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The Nimpkish River; the Longest River on Vancouver Island

The Nimpkish River is the longest river on Vancouver Island. If you desire to explore the river, it takes a day to raft the length of it. Camping along the river and having a meal is a perfect choice to enjoy nature. Discover the land to explore the wilderness and have some relaxing time during the fishing.
One of the most important and isolated watersheds on Vancouver Island is Nimpkish River Valley, which is more than 100 km (62 miles) long from the ocean. This valley in the mountains is near the Gold River, but it winds its way towards Port Hardy, passes Woss Lake, joins other streams and creeks before depositing to Nimpkish Lake.
Along the river, you can find Lower Nimpkish River Provincial Park. It is placed between the Nimpkish River and Nimpkish Lake. This park's surface area is about 200 hectares (494 acres) and was established in 1995. It is about 300 m (0.18 miles) wide on each side of the river's centre.
For paddling enthusiasts, it should be mentioned that the Lower Nimpkish River might be dangerous. It's better to check the weather and safety conditions.


The Nimpkish River Location

The Nimpkish River is located on northern Vancouver Island with about 118.1 km (73.4 mi) in length. It originates on the west slope of Mount Alston, flows northwest into Nimpkish Lake and north into the Broughton Strait, 8 km (4.9 miles) east of Port McNeill.


How to Get to the Nimpkish River by Car

From Victoria:
Due to traffic conditions from Victoria to the Nimpkish River, the fastest route is via BC-19 N. It is 451 km (280.2 miles) and takes about 5 hours.
Take Government St to Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N for 1.2 km (0.7 miles). Follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 N to BC-19 N in Mount Waddington D. Drive 450 km (279.6 miles) to reach the Nimpkish River.

From Nanaimo:
Getting to the Nimpkish River from Nanaimo is via BC-19 N. It is 340 km (211.2 miles) and takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Head west on Fitzwilliam St toward Wesley St for 800 m (2624.6 ft). Continue onto Third St and drive 1.9 km (1.2 miles). Follow Jingle Pot Rd for 650 m (2132.5 ft). Turn right onto BC-19 N (signs for Campbell R). After 337 km (209.4 miles), you will reach the Nimpkish River.


The Hike to Get to the Nimpkish River

There is no designated hiking trail to get to the Nimpkish River.


History of the Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River Valley hasn't been colonized by European at all. There is only a significant settlement in the valley named Woss, on Woss Lake that feeds into the Woss Creek and then into the Nimpkish River. European Settlers arrived there around the 20th century.
Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park is in the realm of Namgis First Nation. This nation is the first one on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the vicinity of islands in the southern Queen Charlotte Strait region. This region also includes the town of Alert Bay and the community of Sointula. Both communities are offshore across the Broughton Strait from the city of Port McNeil.


Things to do around the Nimpkish River Area

Around the Nimpkish River, you may have age-friendly activities such as fishing, walking and camping. But be cautious about whitewater experiences. Have the pleasure of Nimpkish whitewater adventure, which is suitable for individuals aged 14-90-up. It runs from the beginning of May until mid-June depends on the river level. You may want to consider paddling in "Toilet Bowl" and "The Flusher." It is about 2.7 m (9 feet) that you can move from pool to pool. You can have a walk around rapidly.

Rivers Near the Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River

The Nimpkish River Activities

Canoeing

You can paddle at lower Nimpkish Park, but it isn't recommended canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or swimming at the water of the lower Nimpkish River at BC Parks. Because it is hazardous, and these parks are not managed. Therefore, people must take precautions when they travel to this river.

Fishing

You have this opportunity to fish for Sockeye, Cono, Chinook Pink, Chum Salmon, and Steelhead. Everybody who wants to catch or angle in British Columbia must have a license.

Hunting

A portion of this park is allocated to hunting for specific species. You must have valid licenses for hunting.

Swimming

It isn't allowed to swim in the waters of the low Nimpkish River because this river is known to be dangerous.

Camping

Walk-in, Backcountry, wilderness camping are available, but no facilities are provided.

What you Can Expect to Do Near the Nimpkish River

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

Camping in Cluxewe Resort

Camping in Cluxewe Resort

Camping in Telegraph Cove Campground

Camping in Telegraph Cove Campground

Camping in Broughton Strait Campsite

Camping in Broughton Strait Campsite

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

Camping in Quatse River Campground

Camping in Quatse River Campground

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

Telegraph Cove Kayaking

Telegraph Cove Kayaking

Port McNeill Kayaking and Canoeing

Port McNeill Kayaking and Canoeing

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Quatsino Sound Kayaking

Quatsino Sound Kayaking

Wreck of the SS Themis Diving

Wreck of the SS Themis Diving

Browning Pass Diving

Browning Pass Diving

Camping in the Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

Camping in the Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

The Nimpkish River Outline

Specifications

Climate

Water Temperature

Timing


1. The numbers are estimated on average for Nimpkish Valley.
1. The numbers are for the Upper Nimpkish River.

What you Can Expect to See Near the Nimpkish River

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

Port McNeill

Port McNeill

Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Mount Elliot Ecological Reserve

Mount Elliot Ecological Reserve

Minigill Cave

Minigill Cave

Little Huson Caves

Little Huson Caves

Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park

Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park

Karmutzen Range

Karmutzen Range

Hankin Range

Hankin Range

Little Huson Cave Regional Park

Little Huson Cave Regional Park

Franklin Range

Franklin Range

Bonanza Range

Bonanza Range

Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park

Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park

Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River

Nimpkish Lake

Nimpkish Lake

Planning for the Nimpkish River

Suitability

Services

Camping & Resort

Travel Tips


1. Parking is allowed only in particular areas and on the gravel portion of the campsite. Parking is prohibited on the roadside.
2. Bicycles may be ridden on park roads.
1. Bring your drinking water. Potable water is not available in the park. The water of the river must be boiled, filtered, or treated before human consumption.

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