Hike Little Qualicum River and Falls

    4.3
    0.6 miles  - Loop Trail

    Added by Dan Duerden

    Beautiful waterfalls. Variety of hiking distances (1km loop to see the falls). Crashing river rapids. Rock gardens and hidden streams. Amazing camping locations.

    Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is just off the #4 highway on your way out to Port Alberni. Simply look for the signs indicating Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, and you will turn into the park before Cameron Lake.

    Easily accessible by everyone, this park can get busy in the summer months. I suggest going in the spring or fall to avoid larger crowds. The park is open year around and winter provides visitors solitude, but the campgrounds are not open. Check out the British Columbia Parks website to learn more about the campsites in the immediate area.

    The marked trails for the upper and lower falls is a loop trail of about 1km in length allowing you to see both the large upper falls and smaller lower falls. The trail is fenced to avoid canyoning as there have been unfortunate accidents with locals and tourists alike from the fast moving river and falls.

    The hidden gem of this park lies in the now un-maintained trail west of the lower falls. The river has left beautiful rock gardens and a luscious valley from flood flow, and a much older glacial flow. This trail can increase the hike from a simple 1km trek to about 5km in length. Keep in mind that the bridges to cross are only located at the two specific points close to the campground so the extension is not a loop. As you get down to the lower falls, do not cross the bridge, but continue down on the south side of the river, you will see the sign indicating that you are leaving the maintained trail and to exercise caution when exploring the river and canyon especially. You can either immediately head down to your right to explore beautiful rock gardens or continue down the path to enjoy valley and river views at your leisure.

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    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Forest
    Picnic Area
    River
    Scenic
    Waterfall

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    Beautiful Scenery

    I visited the park in 2013 with my school and it was great. We spent most of the day watching the falls and just enjoying the beautiful scenery in the company of good friends. Too bad we didn't get to camp overnight. Hope to go back once in Vancouver Island again.

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    over 5 years ago

    A stunning little spot deserving of a stop when you're traveling Highway 4. Haven't yet introduced it to the girls, Dan, so thank you for the reminder. (Growing up in Port Alberni, it was definitely part of the upbringing.) Unrelated, love your profile description - I get the sense we'd get along just fine with that combination of goals and values. Here's to meeting out on the trail one day.

    a great pit stop on your way too or from Tofino

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