Confession: I have a deep and abiding fascination with waterfalls.
On any road or hiking trip I take, if there’s any chance of working a waterfall into the mix, it’s got to be done. I love the sound of the rushing water, and its powerful plunge over a cliff edge or gentle tumble down a hillside. Most of all, I love the way the continuous flow of water has shaped the surrounding landscape bit by bit over more years than I can possibly imagine.
This year I was lucky enough to welcome the New Year in style – snowshoeing at Mt. Washington, and a cozy fireside evening with friends in a rented cabin in Strathcona Park. One of the best parts of the trip, however, was the quick stop we made at Elk Falls Provincial Park on the way back from Strathcona.
Elk Falls Provincial Park
Just two kilometres northwest of the city of Campbell River, this small (just over 1,000 hectares) provincial park is both beautiful and accessible. Established in 1940, this provincial park is also home to the smaller Moose and Deer Falls. I sense a theme here! There are several hiking trails in the park, and it’s just a short downhill hike to the spectacular Elk Falls. Camping is possible at the nearby Quinsam Campground, which is on the opposite side of the road about three kilometres away from the waterfall site.
This gorgeous little park is open all year, and it is a must-see stop on any mid-Island adventure. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Do you have any favourite waterfall destinations? Please share them in the comments below!
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