Lakes & Rivers
in the Errington, Coombs area, the Englishman River is just north of Nanaimo.
The Englishman River Falls Provincial Park
features two incredible beautiful waterfalls that descend down to the
river flowing in an awesome canyon below.
These waterfalls and canyon are set in a wet and lush west coast rain forest of
Douglas fir, Hemlock and Cedar trees and is a great area from which to explore
the incredible diversity of Vancouver Island.
Nearby you have the Cathedral Grove Forest
to the west and the sandy shores of Parksville and Qualicum to the east.
The park has a large picnic area and campground and contains numerous hiking
trails that wander through the rainforest and along the river.
Visitors can expect incredible views as
they make their way along the trails and from the two bridges that cross the
river where it plunges down the narrow canyon on its way to the tranquil waters below.
The lower falls drop into a deep clear pool that is an ideal spot for a swim in
the summer when river levels are low and a great place to view spawning salmon
in the fall.
Animals must be on a leash at all times in
Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is
located 13 km southwest of Parksville on central Vancouver Island. Take
Errington Road off Highway 4, toward Port Alberni. Directional signs are posted
on main highways. Nearby communities include: Parksville, Qualicum and Coombs.
The park was established in 1940. There is
an abundance of wildlife including many types of birds here so bring your
The River got its name, according to legend
because many years ago, the
First Peoples from this area found the bones of a white man along the river near
the bottom of the waterfall.
I lived in Coombs for a number of years in
the early 70s and always enjoyed walking in this park.