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This picturesque destination, set amid a lush old-growth and second-growth forest of Douglas fir, cedar, hemlock and maple, is an ideal location from which to explore and appreciate the incredible diversity of south central Vancouver Island, including nearby Cathedral Grove, the Pacific Rim, and the sandy shores of Parksville and Qualicum.
The park has a large day-use area and campground and contains several hiking trails that meander through the forest and along the river. Visitors can expect spectacular views along the way, particularly from two bridges that cross the river where it plunges down the narrow rock canyon toward quieter waters below. The lower falls end in a deep crystal-clear pool - an ideal swimming hole in the summer when river levels are low and a great place to view spawning salmon in the fall.
Park Size: 97 hectares
Special Notes: Domestic animals must be on a leash at all times in the park. Domestic animals are not allowed on beach areas or in park buildings.
Cycling is permitted on roadways only. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in BC.
Swimming is allowed in the river below the lower falls. This deep crystal-clear pool is an ideal swimming hole when river levels are low. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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