Englishman River, Parksville

4.9
Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Englishman River is a river in the eastern side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It starts on the eastern slopes of the Beaufort Range, originating from tiny Jewel Lake and flowing in an easterly direction for 40 km (25 mi), entering the Strait of Georgia at Parksville, British Columbia. It is an important watershed providing habitat for various species of salmon and community water to the residents of Parksville and surrounding area. The Englishman River watershed includes Arrowsmith Lake, Hidden Lake, Fishtail Lake, Rowbotham Lake, Healy Lake, Shelton Lake, and Rhododendron Lake.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a popular tourist destination approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) upstream from the mouth of the river. It is famed for its two picturesque waterfalls and treed campsites. The park was created on December 20, 1940, in an effort to protect the old-growth forest and its associated ecosystem along the river in the vicinity of the waterfalls.
A dammed reservoir on the Englishman is a source of water for Parksville, British Columbia.
It has been called Englishman River since at least 1883 to commemorate an unknown Englishman who drowned trying to cross.
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  • Nice place for a picnic! Dip your feet and cool off! Great place to visit! I would recommend a quick stop!  more »
  • Seems to me most people are reviewing the falls or the provincial park, yet the river itself is just listed here. I've already reviewed the falls under Englishman River Falls and I do realise the...  more »
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