Waterfalls, Pacific Northwest
Little Qualicum Falls is on the Little Qualicum River just west of Parksville, the park has one waterfall after another as the river rushes from Cameron Lake and heads to the sea. The river runs through some incredible canyons surrounded by a beautiful west coast forest setting.
This is one of the most magnificent parks on Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum Falls starts on the southern shore of Cameron Lake which is right next to the awesome cathedral grove forest. This magnificent 440 hectare park is a popular family recreation area. Surrounded by riverside trails and picnic areas, make it a favored destination for many.
There are many walking and hiking trails in and around the park for you to enjoy. Loop trails on both sides of the Little Qualicum River provide access to many swimming holes and to the upper and lower falls.
Swimming and fishing in the river and in Cameron Lake are both quite special, and sail boarding is excellent in the lake. The river is one of the few rivers on Vancouver Island to have brown trout. Facilities in the park include an adventure playground, a 105 campsite campground and scenic hiking trails.
Cameron lake day use area has the best swimming opportunities in the park. There are picnic tables and pit toilets provided off a small parking lot at the southern end of the lake. Fires are prohibited in the day use area and animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on beach areas.
Beaufort day use area is a small site located along Highway 4, approximately 6 km past Little Qualicum Falls park. It provides swimming and fishing opportunities. This small area has 2 picnic tables, 1 pit toilet and limited parking.