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].
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
- As of November 4, 2016: The trails are closed due to significant flood water damage which has created unsafe conditions.
About This ParkRosewall Creek Provincial Park is situated along picturesque Rosewall Creek, south of Fanny Bay on central Vancouver Island. The park features a mixture of coniferous trees interspersed with striking broad leaf maple trees. One of the best times to visit this park is in the fall when the color of the maple leaves makes an attractive backdrop for photographers.
This small day-use only park has two picnic areas on either side of the creek. Two picnic tables overlook the creek on one side, and two more tables are situated right next to the river on the other. A short riverside trail connects the two picnic areas on either side of Rosewall Creek.
- November 4, 2016: The water is currently very high – stay away from the creek and do not approach the embankment.
- Trail surfaces can be uneven.
- Watch for rising water levels associated with periods of snow melt or heavy rains.
Park Size: 54.3 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.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 73KB]
Nature and Culture
- History: The Fanny Bay/Bowser Memorial Committee lobbied the government to create this park, established in 1956, in memory of Lt. Ian MacDonald. The picnic site in the park was dedicated to the memory of Lt. Ian MacDonald (1920-1944) of the Canadian Scottish Regiment. Ian was born in Vernon, BC in 1920 and moved to Fanny Bay in 1929. Like many young men and women of his day, Ian was quick to enlist when Canada entered the war against Hitler’s Germany in 1939. On September 14, 1939 he became a private in the Canadian Scottish Regiment at Comox, where, after extensive training, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant. On June 2nd, 1944 he and those under his command became part of the Allied invasion of Normandy – he was killed in action 8 days later.
- Conservation: The park protects a Coastal western hemlock forest and big leaf maple trees, and makes a small contribution to the representation of the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection. The park also protects Rosewall Creek, a coho salmon spawning stream.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 195.15KB] for Rosewall Creek Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Cycling is permitted on roadways only. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. This river is subject to spot closures. 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.
November 4, 2016: The trail is currently closed due to significant flood water damage and unsafe conditions.
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. During the summer when periods of low water are present, the river pools provide good opportunities for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
This park is day-use only and has 2 picnic tables, two pit toilets and a small parking lot.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has 2 pit toilets, located in the parking area.
Pit toilets and the short trail to the picnic area are wheelchair accessible.