In the summer of 2013 we were invited to participate in a media event on Vancouver Island. It was a terrific day, chock full of wonderful adventures. The basic idea was a QR Code scavenger hunt where select members of the media were invited to follow clues on an adventure of discovery in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island.
I was born and raised on the prairies in Canada where winters were long and cold, and summers were humid and hot. During my childhood my parents would take us on vacations to destinations that totally expanded my personal horizons. No location was more profound to me than our trips to Vancouver Island.
In contrast to the flat lands found on the Canadian prairies, Vancouver Island was home to seemingly countless landscapes, each portraying a different and unique aspect of the island. We find mountains, lush forests, lakes and rivers, and beaches that lead out to the endless expanse of ocean.
Ribbons of highway trace the lands, leading to unexpected treasures and gems that can truly only be found in nature. Englishman River Falls Provincial Park is a wonderful example of this, covering a large geographical area just outside the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area.
This is an area where a millennia of water racing down channels has cut pathways deep into the rock, creating incredible landscapes that seem to suddenly pop out of the incredible forests that blanket the island.
As you meander down the pathways to the falls, the closer you get the louder the roar of the rushing waters. Hours can be spent exploring the natural formations, making this one of nature’s best playgrounds for young and old alike. Just the feel of the mist on your face as you stand over the footbridge and look down upon the falls is enough to create lasting memories, ones that will entice you back time-and-time again.
So, if you live on the island or find yourself planning to visit this year, make sure to leave some time to come and see this gorgeous park in person. It’ll be a highlight for your year, one that you will remember for all time to come.
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