In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
K2 Cowichan Park Services Ltd.
k2cowichan@shaw.ca
1 877 559-2115
k2parks.ca
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Koksilah River Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice! Show/hide public advisories

  • Vehicle use in Koksilah River Park is restricted to Renfrew Road

    Driving on park trails disrupts and damages natural areas. Operators of vehicles found off-road may be fined under the Park Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation (minimum $575, maximum $200,000).

  • Off-road vehicle registration is mandatory

    As of 2015, off-road vehicle registration is mandatory on crown land, including forest services roads. Find out more: Off-Road Vehicle Management Framework

  • Camping and campfires are prohibited in this park at all times

About This Park

Koksilah River Provincial Park

Koksilah River Provincial Park is located west of Shawnigan Lake on southern Vancouver Island.

Adjacent to the Koksilah River, this undeveloped park in the Vancouver Island Forest Reserve offers good hiking, fishing and swimming opportunities. Spend an afternoon picnicking near the scenic surroundings of the Koksilah River and Canyon.

This park is used mainly on weekends by residents of southern Vancouver Island, who come to the park to hike on the rustic trails and enjoy the river viewscape.

Established Date: May 10, 1959
Park Size: 230 hectares

Know Before You Go

Special Notes

  • Camping and campfires are not allowed in this park.
  • Horseback riding is not permitted along park trails; however, there are horseback riding opportunities adjacent to the park.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only; they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Koksilah River Provincial Park is located 7 km west of Shawnigan Lake, on Southern Vancouver Island. Turn west off Hwy #1 at Shawnigan/Mill Bay Road in Mill Bay. Follow the road to Shawnigan Lake, then turn right onto Shawnigan Lake Road. Renfrew Road, a logging road, provides access to the park.

Nearby communities include: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan Bay, Mill Bay and Duncan.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.
Cycling

Cycling

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

Fishing

Fishing is permitted in the Koksilah River as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Koksilah River Park has no developed trails, however there are a number of good existing routes that lead to the river and throughout the forest and park.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.