Posted by: cherylyoung | June 8, 2013

ENGLISHMAN RIVER FALLS ON VANCOUVER ISLAND OFFERS GREAT FRESHWATER SWIMMING AND SUNBATHING .

 

The Englishman River Falls Trail is located  near

 Parksville in the

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park,

whichO ffers good hiking on a one-hour loop trail that

follows both sides of the river canyon and crosses

the Englishman River twice.

The upper falls are very spectacular, as is the upper

 bridge that crosses high above them.

 

 Following the loop trail to the bottom of the canyon

provides hikers with an opportunity to sit on rocks,

swim if it’s warm water or observe spawning

salmon in the fall.

 

From Parksville, take Highway 4 for about 5 km and

turn left onto Errington Road (signposted).

 

 Another 8 km will bring you to the parking lot.

Click for companies that offer Hiking & Backpacking

services, or visit our Recreation section for more

 information on Hiking and Backpacking in

British Columbia.

 Trail information for Vancouver Island is provided

 in three superb Hiking Trails guides by the

 Vancouver Island Trails Information Society.

 Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, situated

along the Englishman River, features a spectacular

 canyon between two beautiful waterfalls cascading

along the descending riverbed.

 This 97-hectare park offers several walking trails which

meander through lush old-growth forests of cedar,

arbutus, fir, maple and hemlock along the

 Englishman River.

Gaze up among the tall timbers where fingers of sunlight

slant down to the ferns below.

 

Legend has it that First Nation people in the area

during the last century found the skeleton of a

white man along the river near the waterfall, hence

the present name of the falls.

 

 Today the park is noted for its natural beauty,

which includes a deep crystal clear pool with a small

rocky beach downstream from the base of the

 lower falls, a great freshwater swimming hole

and sunbathing area.

 

Outdoor enthusiasts head to Englishman River Falls

Provincial Park for hiking, fishing and camping or

 to view spawning salmon in the fall.

 

There are well-maintained spacious campsites –

reservations are accepted.

 

There are no wilderness/walk-in capsites at this park,

 and no showers, flush toilets or a sani-station.

 

 The park is open all year.

Fees collected for services May 1 to October 15.

There is a winter fee with nil services provided;

campers must be self-sufficient and user maintained.

 

A picnic shelter, flush toilets and a fresh water

supply are available at the day-use area located

past the campground next to the parking lot.

 

 This scenic location nestled in the forest provides

 a viewing platform overlooking the river, as well

as access to park trails.

 

There is an adventure playground with swings,

 slides and climbing apparatus, located between

campsites 26 and 30, in the northeast corner of the

campground.

 

All amenities and marvellous ocean beaches are to be

found in Parksville. This park does not have a boat

 launch. The closest fresh water boat launch is at

 Cameron Lake, off Hwy #4, approximately 20

minutes away.

 

The closest salt water boat launch is at French Creek

 Marina, approximately 20 minutes away.

 

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is located

on Errington Road off Highway 4, 8 miles (13 km)

south of Parksville on Southern Vancouver Island,

British Columbia

 

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR.

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY B.C   www.cherylyoung.ca

BLOGGER FOR BC ONE DAY A T A TIME

VOLUNTEER FOR BEACON COMMUNITY TRHRIFT STORE

IN SIDNEY B.C   WWW.CHERYLYOUNG.CA

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