Chemainus River Provincial Park
About This Park
The park addition is located on the Chemainus River, approximately 3 km northwest of Duncan on southern Vancouver Island.
Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Location and Maps
Nature and Culture
- History: Chemainus River Provincial Park was established on December 30, 1959.
- Cultural Heritage: Chemainus River Park lies within the traditional territories of the Nanaimo First Nation, the Chemainus First Nation, the Cowichan Indian Band and the Cowichan Tribes. Traditional uses include fishing, berry picking and bark stripping. The remnants of an old railway grade in the park is also of historic importance.
- Conservation: Surrounded by a buffer of mature, second-growth forest, Chemainus River Park is home to Roosevelt elk, who use the river as a corridor, and black bears, cougars and wolves, who forage along the riverbanks. The river is home to coho salmon and steelhead. Found in the river above Copper Canyon, the steelhead are a sping “race” with a summer run. Since all steelhead are stopped at the canyon, the deep pools of the upper river are ideally suited to the production of steelhead. The river also has numerous sensitive ecosystems related to the floodplain and riparian vegetation.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
Chemainus River Provincial 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.