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Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Little Qualicum Falls Park Day Use and Upper Campground is open
The day-use area and the Upper Campground at Little Qualicum Falls Park is open to the public as of Thursday, May 30, 2019. Reservations may be made for the Upper Campground on Discover Camping for arrivals starting June 4, 2019.
The Lower Campground in Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park remains closed until further notice
Q. What happened?
A very strong windstorm event this past winter resulted in the blowdown of approximately 300 trees in the park causing significant damage to a variety of park facilities. The Lower Campground area of the park is not currently available for public use. This area of the park is not safe due to a number of hazard trees.
Q. How has BC Parks been responding to the damage caused by the windstorm?
BC Parks immediately closed the park to assess damage and hazards and has been working since the event to remove hazards including removal of fallen trees and woody debris to reduce the risk of wildfire.
- BC Parks has replaced a number of facilities that were damaged, however, work will continue over the next year to complete the necessary repairs; in particular, reconstruction of the Lower Campground.
- BC Parks is working with the BC Wildfire Service to further assess the risk of fire, including the development of a fuel management strategy.
Q. How long will the Lower Campground be closed?
- The Lower Campground will remain closed until the hazards are addressed and the campground facilities repaired and replaced. The Lower Campground may not be opened for the 2019 season.
BC Parks appreciates your cooperation and assistance by complying with the closure in the Lower Campground to ensure the continued safety of the public and parks visitors.
About This Park
A favourite destination on Vancouver Island is Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, which straddles the Little Qualicum River and incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake.
Impressive waterfalls cascade down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forested setting bordered by steep mountain peaks at this park, one of the most beautiful parks on central Vancouver Island. The falls, lake swimming, shaded riverside trails and picnic facilities make Little Qualicum Falls a very popular family recreation destination. A number of walking trails are available in and around the park, offering picturesque views of the river and providing access to the upper and lower falls.
Cameron Lake is an ideal spot for swimming and fishing, as well as sail boarding, due to a wind funnel created by the surrounding mountains. The Cameron Lake and Beaufort day-use areas are located 10 minutes west of the campground on Highway 4.
Established Date: December 20, 1940
Park Size: 440 hectares
Know Before You Go
- 75 metres above the Middle Falls Bridge to the downstream park boundary below the Lower Falls Bridge is closed to swimming. Other areas in the park may be closed to swimming during high water periods. Check the park information shelters for swimming closure information. Those wanting to swim should visit the Cameron Lake day-use, located 10 minutes west on Hwy #14.
- Riverbanks can be very slippery. Stay away from cliff and riverbank edges. Sections of this river contain waterfalls, strong currents and other hazards. Boating is not recommended. Jumping from bridges or cliffs is prohibited.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: 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
- Management Planning Information
- The approved Management Plan [PDF] for Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
75 metres above the Middle Falls Bridge to the downstream park boundary below the Lower Falls Bridge is closed to swimming. Other areas in the park may be closed to swimming during high water periods. Check the park information shelters for swimming closure information. Those wanting to swim should visit the Cameron Lake day-use, located 10 minutes west on Hwy 4.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
Cold water taps are located at the Little Qualicum Falls day-use area and the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There is no drinking water provided at the Cameron Lake and Beaufort day-use areas.
Annual Drinking Water System Reports:
Little Qualicum Falls day-use area provides picnic tables, a picnic shelter, flush toilets and fresh water. Picnicking in the campground is not permitted.
Cameron Lake day-use area provides the best swimming opportunity in the park. There are picnic tables and pit toilets provided off a small parking lot at the southern end of the lake. Fires are prohibited in the day-use area and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on beach areas.
Beaufort day-use area is a small site located along Highway 4, approximately 6 km past Little Qualicum Falls Park. It provides swimming and fishing opportunities. This small area has 2 picnic tables, 1 pit toilet and limited parking. Fires are prohibited in the day-use area and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on beach areas.