Ralph River, Vancouver Island
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 a hand pumped water supply along with a boat launch. All sites are first come, first served. Camping in the on season is $16.00 per night with a second vehicle cost of $8.00. You can put a second camping trailer in on one site but must pay a double fee of $16.00 more per night.
Camp Fires are allowed in the fire rings unless there is a fire ban. Please bring your own wood or purchase wood at site, it is illegal to gather wood from the park to burn. There are many hiking trails in the area and the aug trail to flower ridge starts right here, this is a great hike in the late spring as the flowers are in full bloom then. Shepard Creek Trail and Wild Ginger Trail both head out from here, on the ginger trail, you can see large patches of wild ginger and on the Shepard Creek trail, you will hike up along the Ralph River to the point where Shepard Creek joins in and then hike up along the creek, both are short but pleasant hikes.
Across the lake is wolf river which is only accessible by boat, this is a nice spot to camp and the trail to marble meadows begins at the mouth of wolf river. This is a great hike, the first part is very steep, but then you level out on a bench where some very big majestic trees are growing, this is my favorite part of the hike, these trees are amazing. After hiking through this forest you come to Marble Meadows, beautiful open country with incredible views. Your only access to this trail is by boat.
There is many animals here in the park and you have a good chance to see black bears, roosevelt elk, black tail deer, wolves and cougars. There are a lot of cougars so please look after your small pets.