In the midst of Vancouver Island, Little Qualicum falls are a beauty to behold…and if you can, swim in. Little Qualicum Falls is a provincial park, nestled within the old growth forest of the Vancouver Island interior, approximately 2 hours from Victoria and a short drive from Nanaimo. The falls are surrounded by a small trail system, which circles the Little Qualicum River and has Cameron Lake as a boundary. The area is beautiful, and water so clear and blue, one can’t help but be amazed. Swimming is possible at Cameron lake, as well as picnicking within the falls area itself. If confident going off trail, follow the river flowage beyond the maintained trails…there are several great pools and additional falls to be found.
To get to Little Qualicum, take the Transcanada North from Victoria or Nanaimo. Go west on Hwy 4 toward Port Alberni. The falls park is located on the northern side of the highway just after Coombs.
If in the area, be sure to check out Cathedral Grove (MacMillan Park) for some of the oldest trees in Canada.