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The oyster river is a small stream with its headwaters at pearl lake (near buttle lake) and crosses Highway 19 halfway between Courtenay and Campbell River on central Vancouver Island, about half ways to either town, before entering the ocean just past the crossing. If you drive down the Comox Logging Road until you reach the river, you can hike around a great canyon on the lower side and hike up along the shore on either side on the upper river. Read More….
The perry river is a stream located just 2.4 miles from Tahsis and joins up with the leiner river just above the rec site. There are camping and a boat launch at the rec site. There are many trails on these rivers within a short distance of the rec site. The Perry River headwaters are at Peters lake on the side of Mt Alava, the river flows from here into Alava lake and then down to perry lake. Its all the way to the leiner river after that. Read More….
The moderately sized Puntledge River flows northeast from Comox Lake. The river is a wild river, great for kayaking before being joined by the Browns River, then it mellows out before joining up with the Tsolum river to become the Courtenay River. The Courtenay River flows through Courtenay and empties into Comox Harbor on the east coast of central Vancouver Island. Read More….
The Qualicum River is a beautiful small river that runs from Horne Lake down to its mouth at Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island. I have always enjoyed walking along this river in the fall, seeing black bears, blacktail deer, roosevelt elk along with plenty of smaller animals like raccoons, pine martins and squirrels, the river is beautiful in the fall when the trees turn color. Read More….
The Quatse River is a beautiful little river that flows from Quatse Lake into Hardy Bay at Port Hardy on the north end of Vancouver Island. There are many hiking and biking trails in the area and a fine rec site that is located in a large stand of old-growth rain forest. The river has a very nice trail that runs alongside it where you can get to see the salmon run, please watch for bears as there can be quite a few there. Read More….
The Quinsam River is a small river with its headwaters at middle quinsam lake. It then flows through lower quinsam lake before entering the Campbell River near the town of Campbell River on the east coast of central Vancouver Island. This is an area where you can see lots of wildlife, you could see black bears, blacktail deer, elk, cougars, wolves, and many other smaller animals and birds, so bring your camera when you head this way. Read More….
Ralph river is located in Strathcona Park and flows into buttle lake. There is a very nice campground at the river mouth with 85 vehicle accessible sites. These sites are non serviced but do have pit toilets and hand-pumped water supply along with a boat launch. There are many animals here in the park and you have a good chance to see black bears, roosevelt elk, blacktail deer, wolves, and cougars. There are a lot of cougars so please look after your small pets. Read More….
In the city of Port Alberni, there flows a wonderful little stream called rogers creek, it runs through the Rogers Creek Park. To get to the park, turn left off Johnston road on Adelaide road, the park has a sheltered picnic area beneath some beautiful west coast trees. The creek is one of the few island creeks that allow you to fish with bait. But Rogers creek can only be fished by those who are under 16 or over the age of 65. Read More….
The Salmon River flows north from Heber Mountain in Strathcona Park and enters Johnstone Strait at Kelsey Bay on the east coast of Vancouver Island. The lower river runs through Sayward, to reach the lower Salmon River, drive east along Hwy 19 towards Sayward and Kelsey Bay. Just past the point where the White river joins up, turn right on to the Sayward Road. This road crosses the Salmon River at several points. Read More….
San Josef River
The San Josef River is best known as the starting point for hikes into the Cape Scott Park. The 2.8 km of River from the Cape Scott Park trailhead to San Josef Bay is quite beautiful. The trail from the parking lot leads to one of the most beautiful beaches on Vancouver Island. This trail is well maintained and flat enough to accommodate wheelchairs and is only a 45-minute walk to the bay. Read More….
San Juan River
The San Juan River is a small stream with a big river fishery, flowing eastward on southern Vancouver Island, it empties into Port San Juan. This is a beautiful little river and Port San Juan is awesome with great beaches and lots of wildlife. You can access the river from Highway 14 that goes to Port Renfrew or the Red Creek Main logging road. Read More….
The Somas River is one of Vancouver Island’s largest river systems. The River is created by the joining of the Ash, Sproat, and Stamp river systems. Great Central and Sproat Lake are the headwaters to these river systems. The Somas River begins where the Sproat and Stamp Rivers join up. Then flows into the Alberni Inlet, 6 km later. The Sproat River system has a variety of recreational uses, with lots of trails, both hiking, and biking, as well as some incredible wildlife viewing. Read More….
The Sooke River is a small stream flowing south from Sooke Lake into Sooke Basin on the Juan De Fuca Strait on southern Vancouver Island. The River crosses Highway 14 approximately 30km southwest of Victoria. The River starts where Leech River, Wolf Creek and Council Creek all come together, where they join is at an old town, it’s now a ghost town, called Leechtown, there are great trails here and a nice park. Read More….
The Tahsis River forms the headwaters of the long and narrow Tahsis inlet. There are many hiking and biking trails in the area and, to me anyway, the best is the Woss Lake Grease Trail. This ancient trail was a trade route that was used by the First peoples and takes one across Vancouver Island from Tahsis to Woss lake. Read More….
The Tlupana River is a great place to fish, hike or just visit. You can also get in some awesome kayaking in the Tlupana River canyon. The River Canyon route is a relatively easy route through a narrow gorge. The canyon is bordered by very impressive old-growth forest. One section of the route flows between overhanging walls that are only a few meters apart. Kayaking this canyon should only be attempted during the low water period of late summer. Read More….
The River runs through an awesome park of the same name, the White River Provincial Park. It is on northern Vancouver Island and is a small wilderness area of incredible beauty that protects an old-growth forest and important Roosevelt elk and black bear habitat. The River flows into the Salmon River near Highway 19, at Sayward on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Read More….
Woodhus Creek is located between the Comox Valley and Campbell River, there is a very popular walking trail at the lower end of the creek, at the woodhus slough. Further up the creek, you will find some great hiking along a wonderful little creek. There are no trails here so you need to bushwhack it but it’s worth it as you will see some awesome vistas here. Read More….
This lovely little river flows down to the estuary at the end of Zeballos Inlet. There is a wildlife viewing platform located in the center of town and the estuary is easily accessed to view birds and sea life. Fall, winter, and spring are the best viewing times for waterfowl, which include many kinds of seabirds and ducks. In the fall, back bears come to feed on the spawning salmon and many other birds and animals use the area throughout the year. Read More….
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