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Did this trail with my less then athletic 10 year old son. Very peaceful nature walk with many interesting features. Crossed the dam. Amazing view at the top. Came back on the other side of the river (road side). Seemed long but upon returning to the car he said "we have to bring mom here". Success. Dad of the year nomination. LOL.
Elk Falls is part of the Provincial Park and campground (of the same name) located only 6 km NW of downtown Campbell River. Extensive trails run along the River, up to and around the Falls including a spectacular view of the rock-walled canyon.
The thundering 25-metre waterfall is the largest of three waterfalls in the park (moose & deer falls being the lesser) formed by the great Campbell River as it plunges over the natural precipice of a dynamic landscape. Come June 2014, Elk Falls will have even more allure with the opening of a new suspension bridge over the canyon. It is expected to be one of the highest suspension bridges in the world and will allow for a whole new dramatic view of the falls. Add to this the extensive network of forest trails and the opportunity to snorkel with thousands of salmon as they return to the river to spawn (downstream of the falls, of course) and it’s easy to see why this provincial park is a favorite among residents and visitors alike. Conveniently located only 10 minutes from downtown Campbell River, the park also possesses some lovely picnicking sites and wildlife viewing opportunities. Trails lead to additional points of interest within the park: the Millennium trail is a new 2.4km trail that can be accessed from the Elk Falls viewpoint parking lot – it runs between the falls and the Canyon View Trail (parallel to the Campbell River) offering an excellent prospect of the waterfall and the mature forest (the only significant stand of old-growth Douglas fir north of MacMillan Provincial Park). Still other trails run through the John Hart Generating Station where BC Hydro has recently built a temporary Interpretive Centre to illustrate the past, present and future of the John Hart hydroelectric facility and property. The large campground at Elk Falls Provincial Park provides a convenient base camp for day tripping to destinations in Gold River, the Sayward Forest, Kelsey Bay, Rock Bay, and the parks of Quadra and Cortes Islands are within easy reach.