Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
July 16, 2018: Plans for a new multi-use trail network
BC Parks is in the planning stages of a project that will convert some user-created trails, in the south western corner of the park, into a three to five kilometer multi-use trail network. The trails will cater to young families and those new to the sport of mountain biking; however, will also be available to hikers and trail runners, and will be separated from the current walking trails, camping, and day-use areas. The upgrades will not interfere with historical recreational use of the park. Please see the map for more detail.
This project responds to the need for easier, beginner bike trails within the region and helps to provide opportunities for all abilities. In addition, it will aid in promoting a healthy lifestyle and will provide an additional opportunity for people to connect with the outdoors and the natural environment.
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
Special Notes: 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.
| 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.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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
Annual Drinking Water System Reports: