in a west coast rainforest of
Douglas fir and Western hemlock, the beautiful Nitinat River Provincial Park
offers excellent adventures in wilderness hiking and camping, as well as some of
the best fishing on the west side of the Island.
Wildlife viewing is at
its best here with a good chance you will see Black Bears, Roosevelt Elk,
Blacktail Deer and numerous birds and small animals.
The Nitinat River
carves through this lush rainforest, creating a series of spectacular falls and
quiet pools perfect for viewing steelhead and spawning Salmon.
While these deep pools
within the canyon are closed to fishing, angling is possible in the area around
the Nitinat River bridge pool.
wilderness park, which protects a variety of rare and endangered plant species,
has no developed camping or day use areas, aside from a rough, unmaintained
route leading from the roadside to the river.
River Park can be reached by logging road from the communities of Port Alberni,
Cowichan Lake and Port
Provincial Park is 160 hectares of rainforest and river side habitat set aside
for the protection of several endangered species, including threatened plant
species such as Scoular's Corydalis and the Tooth leaved Monkey Flower.
The park also
protects the spawning grounds of summer steelhead, winter steelhead, sea run
Cutthroat and Rainbow trout, and chum, Coho and Chinook salmon.
Nitinat River Falls area protects old growth Douglas fir and Western hemlock
forest and deep river pools important for summer steelhead, as well as winter
range for Roosevelt elk.
There are no designated
campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No
facilities are provided. Please practice good camping ethics and pack your trash
Pets must be on a leash
at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are
responsible for their behavior 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.