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Rosewall Creek Provincial Park
About This Park
Rosewall 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.
Established Date: May 14, 1956
Park Size: 54.3 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Trail surfaces can be uneven.
- Watch for rising water levels associated with periods of snow melt or heavy rains.
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Nature and Culture
- History: The Fanny Bay/Bowser Memorial Committee lobbied the government to create this park, established in 1956, in memory of Lieutenant 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.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit toilets and the short trail to the picnic area are wheelchair-accessible.
This park is day-use only and has 2 picnic tables, 2 pit toilets and a small parking lot.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has 2 pit toilets, located in the parking area.