Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
Horseback riding is not permitted along park trails; however, there are horseback riding opportunities adjacent to the park.
Koksilah River Provincial Park
- Camping and campfires are not allowed in the park.
About This ParkKoksilah River Provincial Park is located west of Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island.
Adjacent to the Koksilah River, this undeveloped park in the Vancouver Island Forest Reserve offers good hiking, fishing and swimming opportunities. Spend an afternoon picnicking near the scenic surroundings of the Koksilah River and Canyon.
This park is used mainly on weekends by residents of southern Vancouver Island, who come to the park to hike on the rustic trails and enjoy the river viewscape.
Park Size: 210 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nearby communities include: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Duncan.
Nature and Culture
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Koksilah River Provincial Park Management Plan is available in PDF format. Because of the large size of the file, the plan is divided into four separate files for ease of access.
Activities Available at this Park
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing is permitted in the Koksilah River as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Koksilah River Park has no developed trails, however there are a number of good existing routes that lead to the river and throughout the forest and park.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There is no designated swimming area at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.