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Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Plans for a new multi-use trail network
This trail project has now been approved and a formal partnership agreement has been established between Arrowsmith Cycling Club and BC Parks for the long term maintenance and stewardship of the new trail network. Construction has started on the 2.3 km multi-use trail network.
Phase 1 is now complete and open for use by the public. Phase 1 includes 1000 meters of new beginner level trail: the lower portion of the Milky Way Trail – 600 meters in length; and, the Little Dipper Loop – 400 meters (junction back to junction). These have now been handed over to the Arrowsmith Cycling Club to maintain. Phase 2, planned to start this fall will include another 1200 – 1400 meters of multi-use trail.
About This Park
Situated along the pristine Englishman River north of Nanaimo, Englishman River Falls Provincial Park features two stunning waterfalls cascading along the descending riverbed into a deep canyon.
This picturesque destination, set amid a lush old-growth and second-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock and maple, is an ideal location from which to explore and appreciate the incredible diversity of south central Vancouver Island, including nearby Cathedral Grove, the Pacific Rim, and the sandy shores of Parksville and Qualicum.
The park has a large day-use area and campground and contains several hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the river. Visitors can expect spectacular views along the way, particularly from two bridges that cross the river where it plunges down the narrow rock canyon toward quieter waters below. The lower falls end in a deep crystal-clear pool – an ideal swimming hole in the summer when river levels are low and a great place to view spawning salmon in the fall.
Established Date: December 20, 1940
Park Size: 97 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|May 1 – September 30
(Offseason: Day-use only – No winter camping)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – September 30
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 12 – September 3
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||103|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
Know Before You Go
Domestic animals must be on a leash at all times in the park. Domestic animals are not allowed on beach areas or in park buildings. Fishing is not permitted at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- Natural Culture: The park was established in 1940 to protect the old-growth Douglas fir forest and the associated plant communities, as well as the area around the river and the waterfalls. According to an old legend, First Nations people in the area found the skeleton of a white man along the river near the waterfall, thus giving the falls its name. Today the park is noted for its natural beauty, which includes a deep crystal clear pool with a small rocky beach downstream from the base of the lower falls, a great fresh water swimming hole and sunbathing area.
- Conservation: Established as a park in 1940 to protect the old growth Douglas-fir forest and the associated plant communities as well as the area around the river and the waterfalls.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Cold water taps are located at the campground and in the day-use area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.