Who’s ready to explore more of Vancouver Island this spring and summer? Situated just two kilometres from downtown Campbell River, Elk Falls is a stunning destination for year-round fishing, hiking, and waterfall-chasing. Known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” the provincial park is a world-renowned fishing area, and one of the most popular parks on Vancouver Island.

In addition to an extensive network of forested trails, the Quinsam salmon hatchery is a source of spawning salmon every fall. During the summer months, the park transforms into a swimming hotspot, with multiple tidal lakes in the area, according to BC Parks. 

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Photo via BC Parks

The park is also home to its. namesake ‘thundering’ 25-metre waterfall, Elk Falls, which is located 3 kilometres from the campground. Campers have a picnic area with multiple ‘easy’ walking trails to explore, as well as 77 front-country reservable campsites.

According to BC Parks, this area of Elk Falls also has the only significant stand of old-growth Douglas fir north of MacMillan Park. 

Those who choose to camp at the park have plenty of day tripping options, including Gold River, the Sayward Dorest, Kelsey Bay, ROck Bay, Quadra Park, and Cortes Island. 

So there you have it, BC!

Elk Falls Park 

Where: BC-28, Campbell River, BC