As the name suggests, this is a waterfall-focused park, but there’s more to it than just that. The entire park covers an impressive 1055 hectares, with an additional 16 hectares of protected area that was added in 2013. Elk Falls Provincial Park is extremely accessible, located just two kilometers away from the downtown area of Campbell River.
Water is the heart of this park, starting with a 3 km trail from the campground to the picnic area and 25-meter waterfall. Winter camping is unusually good at this park, with steelhead salmon moving directly by the campsite from November to March. Fishing goes well in warmer months, too, where nearby lakes offer plenty of trout and other salmon breeds.
Park facilities include an adventure playground with barrier-free structures, flush toilets at the sanitation station in the campground, and campfire rings for fires. Many areas of this park are specifically designed to be wheelchair-accessible, which makes the entire facility more welcoming than most other areas.
Camping options include 122 sites, 25 of which are directly along the river. Winter camping is generally available, but services and support mostly aren’t available, so be sure to prepare well if you want to visit at that time of year.