Nanaimo to Campbell River: Visiting Elk Falls

Hey everyone!

This summer has had me working a lot, but I have found many ways to still make it enjoyable with multiple day trips. Almost every week I try and do a different day trip so explore more of this amazing Island that we live on. One of my day trips being one that I did a few weeks ago to Elk Falls Provincial Park, just 2 kms from downtown Campbell River.

map-of-elk-falls-near-campbell-river

This place was absolutely amazing. I have never seen a waterfall like this one. The park itself is also awesome. You can easily spend 15 minutes to 4 hours either fishing for salmon in the river, or exploring the wondrous trails that wind around the park.

The Falls

The Falls

If you want to experience the falls there are a couple different viewpoints for you to enjoy. The brand new suspension bridge is only 15-20 minutes from the parking lot and it gives an awesome aerial view of the falls and the river that they flow into, so if you are short on time this would probably be the best route.

Me and my brother on the bridge!

Me and my brother on the bridge!

If you are free to wander the trails a bit more you can go to a view point that is directly down and across from the suspension bridge. This gives you a nice side view of the falls and there is a constant rainbow to be seen as well.

Side view of Falls (credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Side view of Falls (credit: Wikipedia Commons)

You can wander the trails down even more and it brings you to the top of the falls. This part is an “at your own risk” part of the park, but you can still take it some amazing views of what feeds the falls as well as the top of the falls. There are lots of rocks to sit or lay on in the beautiful sunshine if you feel like taking a break or eating a picnic.

This is a great destination for a day trip. With lots of shaded trails, amazing sites as well as the nice relaxing sounds of the water fall crashing down the canyon, it is definitely bound to be a good day.

Credit: Island Coastal Economic Trust

Credit: Island Coastal Economic Trust

Getting There:

  • Head North on Hwy BC-19
  • Turn Left onto Island Hwy/BC-19A N (signs for BC-28 W/Gold River)
  • Continue onto Campbell River Rd/ Gold River Hwy/BC-28 W
  • Turn Right onto Canal Access Rd

*In order to get directly to the falls – once in the park keep driving up the road for about five-10 minutes and the entrance to the parking lot will be on your right.

Cheers!

~Emily

Emily

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