5 Waterfalls to Explore Near Parksville Qualicum Beach

Let the relaxing sound of gushing water overwhelm your senses on your next hike.


Parksville is home to many waterfalls surrounded by picturesque scenery. Grab a buddy for a nice walk and a picnic while you experience the lovely sights. Don’t forget to pack your hiking shoes as some trails might get a bit steep. Check out these five memorable waterfalls near Parksville Qualicum Beach.

1. Rosewall Creek Falls

The Rosewall Creek Falls are located in Rosewall Creek Provincial Park. There are actually two waterfalls in the park accessible by two separate trails. Use caution while navigating, as the trails come with many small obstacles, stumps and small creeks you will need to meander through. Pack a lunch and unwind at the park’s picnic area after your hike.

2. Little Qualicum Falls

With shaded trails and many bridges and lookout points to appreciate, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park is buzzing with energy. There are 6 kilometres of trails winding past the falls and old-growth forests. Hiking the full loop should take about an hour and you’re guaranteed a perfect view the entire time.

3. Nile Creek Waterfall

One of the most picturesque waterfalls on Vancouver Island can be found at Nile Creek. The hike from the mouth of the river to the falls is long but definitely worth the trek. Each area provides unique scenery that will have your phone filled with photos and every season bring new features to Nile Creek. In the winter, ice and snow frame the creek, and in the warmer months, moss provides a lush green cushion to contrast with the rocks along the path.

“ Each area provides unique scenery that will have your phone filled with photos... ”

4. Englishman River Falls

Spend the day at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park where camping, hiking, and picnic tables await your next outdoor adventure. In the fall, you can observe the return of the spawning salmon below the lower falls. And in the hot summer months, visitors like to cool off by taking a dip in the clear pool at the lower falls.

5. Horne Lake Caves

If you had an underground waterfall on your bucket list, then Horne Lake Caves is a must-see. Horne Lake Caves is Trip Advisor’s, “Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC," and the "#1 Attraction in Qualicum Beach." Go on a professionally guided tour and climb an underground waterfall! Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for crystal formations dating back hundreds of years.

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