Brown River

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Rivers, Pacific Northwest

Brown River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Brown River, Photo By Bud Logan

The Brown River is located on Vancouver Island, in the Comox Valley area. It is an awesome little river with an incredible series of waterfalls called the medicine bowl falls. In the winter, these falls are just wild, but in the summer months, the water flow slows down and you can swim in the bowls that have been carved out by the water, the water gets nice and warm, its great.

The Medicine Bowls are also known as the Browns River Falls, to reach the falls, drive from Hwy 19 and take the Percy Road exit. From Courtenay, take the turnoff to Forbidden Plateau Road, and then take the overpass crossing Hwy 19.  Drive up the Forbidden Plateau Road for around 8 km until you see an gravel road to the right as Forbidden Plateau Road curves sharply to the left. Take this road and drive approximately 1.6 km to the end of this road where there is a parking lot. This is a 4×4 road, it is very rough and has some deep water filled potholes and narrow sections along the route. Although my car, a Honda makes it in, l would not recommend you take cars in here.

Brown River, Vancouver Island, Pacific Northwest
Brown River, Photo By Bud Logan

The trail that will take you to the Browns River Medicine Bowls waterfalls starts at the end of the road, Its a short path downhill, takes about 15 minutes. Please be careful if you go swimming, the waters can be fast with strong under currants and the rock canyon can be very slippery. There are three main pools at the Medicine Bowls. The top one is called the upper pool, the central one is the deep pool, and the bottom one down river is called the peter pan pool.

The wild life here can be awesome, l have seen bears, deer, raccoons and many types of birds, so bring your camera and take home some memories.

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