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About the Park
There are 3 km of maintained trails that wind through this majestic old growth and second growth forested park. Throughout Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock and maple trees are lookouts that provide views of the two waterfalls, an expansive gorge and a quiet canyon. The lower pool provides an enjoyable swimming spot on a summer day when the water levels are low. Spawning salmon can sometimes be seen in the autumn but there is no fishing allowed in the park at any time of the year.
There is a covered picnic shelter in the day-use area. It is a non-reservable shelter and it has a large capacity. There are no campfires allowed in the day-use area but visitors are welcome to bring their own propane barbeques or briquette hibachis. Remember to remove all personal garbage and refuse from the park when finished using the facilities, in order to preserve the natural beauty of the park and protect the wildlife.
The campground contains 103 sites. There are pit toilets and drinking water. The non-serviced sites are all forested providing an intimate nature experience for all. Campsite reservations are accepted and some first-come first-serve sites are also available.
Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings provided that a fire ban is not in effect. Firewood is available for purchase in the park. In order to preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. It is illegal to burn wood or material from the forest because it is destructive and damages the protected ecosystems within the park.
Englishman River Falls is located 13 km southwest of Parksville on central Vancouver Island. Take Errington Road off of Highway #4 between Parksville and Coombs. Directional signs are posted on main highways.
Nearby parks within a 20 to 30 minute drive of the park include Rathtrevor Provincial Park, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Spider Lake Provincial Park, Rosewall Creek Provincial Park and Cathedral Grove at Macmillan Provincial Park. Englishman River Park is also an excellent halfway point for anyone deciding to drive from the south island to Sproat Lake Provincial Park or north to Miracle Beach Provincial Park
For further information, visit www.bcparks.ca