Elk Falls is located on the Campbell and Quinsam Rivers in the heart of a world-renowned fishing area. This park is an ideal base camp to enjoy while exploring the region. Elk Falls (Quinsam Campground) is a popular destination that provides riverside sites and large well-spaced campsites in a stunning forested setting. Elk Falls has an extensive trail network which features viewing platforms at the 25-metre Elk Falls and the popular suspension bridge.
About This Park
A thundering waterfall and some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in Canada are just two of the reasons Elk Falls is one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island. Add to that the extensive network of forest trails, the nearby Quinsam salmon hatchery and, in the fall, the sight of spawning salmon in the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers, and it's easy to see why this provincial park is considered one of the best campground accommodations in the “Salmon Capital of the World.” This convenient location – just 2 kilometres from downtown Campbell River on central Vancouver Island – provides quiet riverside camping in the heart of a world-renowned fishing area. And you don't have to go far to find fish – from November to March, the steel-head run right by the campsites on the Quinsam River. As spring progresses, lakes in the area – many of which have been stocked – ripple with rainbow, cutthroat and dolly varden trout. During late spring and through the summer, fishermen head to the tidal waters to fish for chinook or coho salmon.
After a morning of fishing, pack a picnic lunch and take a cool stroll to the Elk Falls day-use area. Just 3 km from the campground, this picnic area contains easy walking trails and the plunging 25-metre waterfall that gives this park its name. Hiking trails also lead to other areas in the park, which is home to the only significant stand of old-growth Douglas fir north of MacMillan Provincial Park.
The large campground at Elk Falls Provincial Park provides a convenient base camp for day tripping. Gold River, destinations in the Sayward Forest, Kelsey Bay, Rock Bay, and the parks of Quadra and Cortes Islands are within easy reach.
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Prepare to have your breath taken away!
A thundering waterfall and some of the finest year-round salmon fishing in Canada are just two of the reasons Elk Falls is one of the most popular provincial parks on Vancouver Island. Include extensive networks of forest trails, the nearby Quinsam Salmon Hatchery and, in the fall, the sight of spawning salmon in the Quinsam and Campbell Rivers, and it's easy to see why this is an area beloved by visitors and locals alike.
This favoured destination within Campbell River Region is a popular spot in any season.