Central Vancouver Island
Central Vancouver Island has the world famous towering old growth giants of MacMillan Provincial Park’s Cathedral Grove, the sandy ocean shores at Rathtrevor Beach, spectacular Englishman River and Little Qualicum River falls. On Hwy 4 heading to the west coast of the central island is Sproat Lake, home of the famous Martin Mars water bomber planes. The central island also provides the gateway to Pacific Rim National Park, Barkley Sound and the remote Hot Springs Cove.
Group camping, two day-use areas for picnicking and undeveloped beach areas for visitors to enjoy many water activities on Sproat Lake. A short trail from the campground area leads to the lake. For reservations of the group campsites, please contact Discover Camping 1-800-689-9025 or www.discovercamping.ca.
Well known for its great fishing. Stamp River is a year-round destination and well known for the annual run of Pacific salmon, which wait in the pool below Stamp Falls before moving up the fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. View points along the river offer excellent opportunities to observe the natural phenomenon…
One of the most popular destinations on Vancouver Island, reservations are recommended. Over 2 km of sandy beach and 5.5 km of hiking trails within the park. There are many day trips accessible from Rathtrevor, and it is only 30 minutes from the Nanaimo Ferry Terminal. Camping is available year round.
Maquinna Marine (Hot Springs Cove)
This Park boasts naturally occurring hot springs and pools that interface with the tidal flux. There is a strictly enforced “leave no trace” policy – pack out everything you pack in. The Hot Springs are a highly fragile ecosystem and detergents or soaps are prohibited.
Englishman River Falls
Encompassed by an old growth Douglas Fir forest, which surrounds captivating cascading falls. There are some pools at the bottom of the falls for wading or soaking. 3 km of trails cross the river twice with viewpoints overlooking the falls. Just minutes from Coombs with the Goats on the Roof. Campground closed October through April.