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Picnic areas

This park can be used for day-use. However, there are no facilities at this time. The park is a popular destination for locals, who head here to picnic on the riverbank and swim in the calm swimming holes and pools in the river.

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There are no developed trails at this park. However, there are several routes that follow the river and lead to various swimming holes.

There is no designated swimming area at this park, although a number of calm swimming holes and deep pools provide good opportunities for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are opportunities for canoeing and river kayaking in this park. No facilities are provided.

Chemainus River Park is a popular destination for anglers. The river is home to spring and summer runs of steelhead, as well as a variety of freshwater species.

For up-to-date information, all anglers should check all current and relevant Freshwater (non-tidal) Fishing Regulations Synopsis and Tidal Water Sport Fishing Regulations, including the appropriate licensing requirements, prior to fishing.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash and under control all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Chemainus River Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Horseback riding
Horseback riding is permitted in this park.