Memekay Horse Camp

Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC
Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The Memekay Horse Camp is located in the Sayward Valley, along the Memekay River. This site was created to serve as the north-end campsite for the Salmon-Brewster Horse Trail.

To reach this rec site, just head north from Campbell River towards Sayward. Keep your eyes open after you cross the Amour De Cos Creek highway bridge. You are watching for the Big Tree Main on your left. It’s a gravel logging road and there will probably be a pick-up or machine parked at the highway junction. Turn left and follow this road going across the Salmon River bridge about 5 km down, then cross a couple of little bridges. A bit further on you will see another logging road on your right, this is the Salmon River Mainline. Turn right here, and you will immediately see a logging bridge that goes over the Memekay River. Look to the right for the camp and its gate, just after you cross this bridge. This is the entrance to the campsite. The gate should be unlocked.

Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC
Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

The 2-hectare rec site has a total of 11 campsites that are about 25 meters in length, big enough for all the horse trailers, trucks, and recreational vehicles you bring. Each campsite has two horse corrals. There are outhouses, non-potable water for horses and manure containment bins, picnic tables, and a big covered shelter with a wood stove to cook on.

The Salmon Brewster Trail Corridor runs between Brewster Lake and the Memekay River, it is 40 km long. runs through a working forest and follows old railway grades. There is another camp at the Brewster lake Horse Camp Rec Site. The trails are mostly well-groomed by volunteers and the camps are awesome. You can hike this trail on foot but be warned, there are river crossings where you would have difficulties getting across without the use of a horse. The trail that leaves the Memekay site goes for about 5 km before running into a crossing on the memekay, it’s a very nice trail to hike.

There is plenty of awesome vistas as you ride along the trail with a variety of birdlife to see along the way. You have a great chance of seeing herds of elk, or some blacktail deer. Black bears frequent the area, and you always need to watch for cougars. Bring a camera, so you can take home some incredible memories.

Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC
Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC

The southern horse camp is located at Brewster Lake, right at the narrows on the west end of the lake, this is the location of the old camp 5 location. The 1.5 acre Brewster Horse Camp has more open camping and larger horse corrals. There is also a wilderness campsite that is located at the halfway point between the Brewster and memekay camps.

This trail is the first equine-friendly trail and campground formally established on Vancouver Island. Trail riding enthusiasts on Vancouver Island have ridden the route now officially designated the Salmon Brewster Horse Trail for many years. The trail, built on a historic logging grade, had never been properly mapped and did not have any amenities. As a result, it was used primarily by locals.

Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC
Memekay Horse Camp, Vancouver Island, BC, photo by Bud Logan

To encourage equestrian tourism on the Island, the Salmon Brewster Horse Trail, and Campsites project completed a 40 km multi-use trail linking equestrian campsites at each end. The trail travels through crown land, running from the junction of the Salmon and Memekay Rivers to south Brewster Lake. It is just what was needed for the horse riders of Vancouver Island.

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  1. Can we make reservations to camp during July? We are members of back country horseman and have been ther before.

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