Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park

Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
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Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park straddles the scenic Little Qualicum River, west of Parksville, where impressive waterfalls cascade and plummet down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forest setting. Perhaps the most magnificent park on Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake, adjacent to MacMillan Provincial Park and the awesome Cathedral Grove Rainforest. Cameron Lake is bordered by steep mountains: Mt. Wesley to the north and Mt. Arrowsmith to the south.
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  • William S
    Liverpool, United Kingdom617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Park
    We visited the upper falls as we were too short of time to also visit the lower falls. The trails are excellent and take you close to the gorge through magnificent trees, mostly Douglas Firs, covered with amazing mosses. The falls provide a fabulous view and thunderous noise. We loved our time there and wish we could have stayed longer.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Vanessa G
    Newcastle, Australia116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfalls
    A 2km walking loop gives great views of both the Upper and Lower Falls. We take the route to the left from the parking lot, taking us on a flat walk to see the Upper Falls. We cross a bridge and start heading down to the Lower Falls, stopping at the Viewpoint - there are numerous viewing spots along the way. The paths are well maintained but there were some step, uneven sections on the way down. At the bottom there is another bridge to cross with some steep steps heading back up to the parking lot. The waterfalls are lovely and the walk wasn’t too strenuous. We spent 45 minutes in this beautiful spot. I would recomment stopping to admire the falls.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Maya
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom340 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful waterfalls
    Who doesn’t like waterfalls?! This is such s cool place to visit, I’ve never seen such clear turquoise water in a river or falls before. The water looks so beautiful. The hike out to the falls is pretty easy. I’d recommend going in ‘reverse’ following the sign that says lower falls that’s next to the big map, not the bathrooms. If you see stairs going down and can hear water you’ve gone the right way! The walk is one big loop so you can stat at either sign for the falls. It’s better to start at the stairs so you don’t have to climb up them on the way back. Most people seemed to start at the other sign so it’s less crowded going the other way. I would recommend bringing good shoes because some points of the trail are uneven with rocks and tree roots you have to climb over. Going early or later in the day definitely helps if you want to avoid the crowds. We went at 11 and it was just stating to get busier as we left. There’s a shaded picnic area too if you’ve brought snacks!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
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William S
Liverpool, UK617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We visited the upper falls as we were too short of time to also visit the lower falls. The trails are excellent and take you close to the gorge through magnificent trees, mostly Douglas Firs, covered with amazing mosses. The falls provide a fabulous view and thunderous noise. We loved our time there and wish we could have stayed longer.
Written June 15, 2023
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Vanessa G
Newcastle, Australia116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A 2km walking loop gives great views of both the Upper and Lower Falls. We take the route to the left from the parking lot, taking us on a flat walk to see the Upper Falls. We cross a bridge and start heading down to the Lower Falls, stopping at the Viewpoint - there are numerous viewing spots along the way. The paths are well maintained but there were some step, uneven sections on the way down. At the bottom there is another bridge to cross with some steep steps heading back up to the parking lot. The waterfalls are lovely and the walk wasn’t too strenuous. We spent 45 minutes in this beautiful spot. I would recomment stopping to admire the falls.
Written July 14, 2023
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lisa p
Prince George, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Nature is beautiful. Well groomed trails that take you from the top to bottom of these amazing falls. Takes roughly an hour to take in the entire falls area. Would highly recommend an afternoon seeing these falls.
Written May 18, 2022
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Oliver B
Usingen, Germany318 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We had a stopover atthe falls and walked the path around the falls. Easy going and a beautiful view. The water was inviting us for a cool refresh, but it was not allowed, so we kept out. Great place for young and old
Written July 26, 2022
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Smoltman
Courtenay, Canada9,085 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
The park has great walking trails and not to strenuous. Well maintained and peaceful. The upper and lower falls were quite spectacular and just had enough water flow to highlight their beauty. We spent about an hour walking the trails. Highly recommend this park.
Written March 30, 2021
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crcclar
Upstate NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
While driving between Victoria and Tofino, we stopped at this lovely provincial park for a short hike. The parking payment system was confusing, but friendly locals helped us out. We loved the beautiful waterfalls and easy hiking paths. It is easy to miss, but definitely worth the stop if you have a little time.
Written January 30, 2006
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Peter F
Hope, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
Just decided to stop in for a quick look, and am so glad I did! The falls are absolutely breathtaking, and peering down the canyons takes your breath away! I loved the loop trail, and actually RAN it, as it seemed to invite running! It wasn't on our agenda to stop here, but I am so glad we did!
Written July 8, 2016
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K I
Whistler, Canada3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
Nice walk, nice falls, but came back to my car on boxing day with my window shattered my belongings missing. 12.30/12.45 in the afternoon in a busy parking lot. Car rental shops were shut because of the holidays so had to spend the rest of my time on the island with a plastic window. There were 2 other broken piles of glass in the parking lot too. Police didn't seem surprised, maybe time for surveillance? Sadly, will never return and will warn others not to stop.
Written December 30, 2013
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enneagram9
Leominster MA45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Happened across this as we traveled from Port Alberni north. The trails are well maintained and make for fairly easy walking. There are at least 3 bridges over the long cascading river. The falls are surrounded by a wonderful variety of trees. The only fee is for parking, except the machines were not working properly the day we were there. If you enjoy flowing water this is worth the visit.
Written August 29, 2009
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Colin C
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
If you’re visiting the mid-island, the gorgeous falls and provincial park are right in the middle of everything, just a few minutes out of Parksville/Qualicum Beach, and right off the highway to Coombs, Cathedral Grove and Tofino.
It’s on our circuit of “must see” attractions when we have out of town visitors.
Lots of accessible trails, the lower falls requires going down steep, but safe, steps, the view from the bridge to fast moving waters and quiet pools is spectacular. Great for photo ops and selfies with a natural backdrop.
From there you can walk up along the side of the gorge to the upper Falls, and back to the parking.
Or take the upper Falls trail for a more or less level trail.
It’s a provincial park so there’s over night camping and washroom facilities.
We’ve always experienced lots of available parking.
Two tips, first, the water is flowing from Cameron Lake so take a few more minutes and you can drive over the little mountain and be awed by the Lake surrounded by mountains and forests that touch the water. Good spot for a picnic and swim.
Second, if you’re driving up to the park from the Oceanside area on highway 4, watch carefully for the small rustic brown Park sign which is not overly prominent, and signal your right turn early...the entrance is at the beginning of the road up the mountain, just before the start of a two lane stretch so cars behind you will start to accelerate to hit that passing lane just as you’re slowing down to make a very sharp right turn on the incline.
Written October 4, 2017
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