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.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Englishman River Falls Provincial Park – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada –

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.

Thank you so much for your kind visit to The Hollow.  As always, we love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have below.




  1. avatar Bev Oliver says:

    Gorgeous photos, Toad. I love how the first one magically captures the falling water, and shows the scale of the landscape. Jealous!

  2. Beautiful falls! Love that first shot

  3. avatar Don Barton says:

    At a number of levels, I find this to be a very interesting post, Toad.

    First, as usual, your photography inspires me.

    Secondly, Englishman River Provincial Park holds a special place in our lives, just over 45 years ago, in a small tent, this is where my wife and I started our family.

    And finally, you revealed one of the reasons you are so passionate about the Island – you were once a “flatlander”. 🙂

    • HA! Wonderful, wonderful comments here Don, thank you SO much for taking the time to share these! I am sure our readers will enjoy them very much, as we did! Thank you so much for continuing to take the time to pop by and visit us, and for leaving this absolutely terrific thoughts behind. We cannot tell you how much that means to us here.

  4. avatar Len Saltiel says:

    I love your country and am partial to the Canadian Rockies. Through your blog you have convinced me that a longer visit than a quick ferry ride is warranted. I just need to figure out when to fit it in. So many places, so little time (and money). Terrific images Toad. You and Mrs Toad are your island’s best ambassadors.

    • Gosh Len, where to even start here today! First, we totally agree with you about the Rockies. We simply do not have enough opportunities ourselves to visit them, they are an amazing sight that I doubt is replicated anywhere else in the world. Secondly, thank you so much for all your support and encouragement, it means so very much to us. You, sir, have a standing invitation that if ever you make your way out here we will personally show you around to the best sights and food we’ve got on the island. We really hope you make it out our way one day, Len, we would love it. 🙂

  5. avatar Lisa Gordon says:

    Not only does this sound like so much fun, but what a gorgeous setting!

  6. I like the top photo here very much—especially because it’s a view not often taken of a waterfall. Of course it’s technically and compositionally well done, too!