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Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information
  • Swimming Closure: 75 meters 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.
Park Contact R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail: office@rlcparks.ca
Phone: 250 474-1336

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

About This Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial 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.

Park Size: 440 hectares

Special Notes:
  • 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.
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 15 – August 31
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 93
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served) 63
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.

Reservations

All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.



Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The Little Qualicum Falls campground and day-use area is located 19 km west of Parksville on central Vancouver Island, on Highway 4. The Cameron Lake day-use area is located 23 km west of Parksville on Highway 4. The Beaufort day-use area is located 25 km west of Parksville on Hwy 4. Nearby communities include: Coombs, Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • The approved Management Plan [PDF 274.31KB] for Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is available online in PDF format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    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.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Ample opportunities for fresh water canoeing or kayaking exist on Cameron Lake, which can be accessed via the Cameron Lake day-use area and the Beaufort day-use area.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Fishing opportunities are available in Cameron Lake. Cameron Lake is one of a few lakes in British Columbia known to have brown trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There are 6 km of walking trails throughout the park. Trails leave from the campground and Little Qualicum Falls day-use area, meandering though old-growth and second-growth forest along the Little Qualicum River. For an easy walk, hikers can leave from the day-use area and follow a loop trail to view the lower and upper waterfalls. A lookout point is located along this trail, offering spectacular views of the river and upper falls.

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

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.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for fresh water scuba diving on Cameron Lake.
Swimming

Swimming

Swimming Closure:
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.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

There are opportunities for waterskiing on Cameron Lake.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

A wind funnel created by the surrounding mountains makes Cameron Lake a popular windsurfing destination.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t 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. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Bring a portable stove for cooking.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

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.
View the Annual Drinking Water System Reports: Little Qualicum site 5, Little Qualicum site 93, and Little Qualicum washroom.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has three day-use/picnic areas all located within a few kilometres of each other.

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.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located throughout the park at all day-use areas, locations along the trails and in the campground. Flush toilet buildings are located in the Little Qualicum Falls day-use area and in the upper campground. Pit toilets are located throughout the park at all day-use areas, locations along the trails and in the campground. Flush toilet buildings are located in the Little Qualicum Falls day-use area and in the upper campground.
Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground at this park, located adjacent to the upper campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park has vehicle accessible campsites in two separate campgrounds, the Upper campground and the Lower campground. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $21.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.