Your Essential Guide to Chasing Waterfalls in Campbell River and Region
There is a wealth of stunning waterfalls all over Vancouver Island. Highway 28 that winds its way between Campbell River and Gold River has over 70 waterfalls (in the rainy season). Here are some of our favourites to explore! So grab a friend and go chasing waterfalls. Don’t forget to share your photos with us using #DiscoverCampbellRiver.
Directions: Located about 2km out of town take Hwy 28, turn at Brewster Lake Rd and park in the day-use area.
Drive Time from CR: 10min
Elk Falls are stunning year-round, from your vantage point on the suspension bridge you can see the Campbell River wind its way down to the falls. Which plunge down 25m into the canyon below. In the winter, increased water flows make seeing the falls a truly unforgettable experience. If you have time check out the upper trails, Moose Falls and Deer falls as well.
Directions: Take Hwy 28 west to Strathcona Provincial Park, the trailhead is at the beginning of Buttle Lake Rd.
Length: 800m, about 20min
Drive Time from CR: 1hr
The 20-minute looping trail around Lupin Falls leads through a mossy forest and over creek beds. The waterfall itself cascades down the high rocky bank to the creek below. Lupin Falls can be overlooked as Strathcona Park has so much to offer, but the secluded nature makes it the perfect spot to start your waterfall chasing adventure.
Directions: Take Hwy 28 west to Strathcona Provincial Park, the trailhead is located right along Hwy 28.
Length: 900m, about 20min
Drive Time from CR: 1hr
The trail to these falls leads through an old-growth forest, towering cedar trees draped in moss, create a colourful canopy. Once you’ve wound your way through the forest, the path ends with a viewing platform that offers great views of the powerful Lady Falls.
Directions: Take Hwy 28 west to Strathcona Park. The trail is about halfway along Buttle Lake Rd.
Length: 2km, about 45min
Drive Time from CR: 1.5hrs
Karst Creek is one of the lesser-known waterfalls in Strathcona Park, but this hidden gem is one of the most beautiful places in the park. The trail leads to the cascades of Karst creek, the waterfall flows over limestone, fallen logs and moss, giving the falls a forgotten prehistoric vibe perfect for exploration.
Lower Myra Falls
Directions: Take Hwy 28 to Strathcona Provincial Park. Trailhead is located at the end of Buttle Lake Rd.
Length: 1km, about 15 min
Driving Time from CR: 1.5hrs
Lower Myra Falls is one of the highlights of Strathcona Park. The falls dramatically cascade all the way down into buttle lake. The water here is brilliant green and blue. When flows are low Hikers can follow the cascades down to the bottom of the falls. A photo of these falls is sure to guarantee your next #waterfallwednesday is a success! If you have the time we suggest checking out Upper Myra falls too!
Happy waterfall chasing, tag your pics with #DiscoverCampbellRiver!