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Chemainus River
Chemainus River Provincial Park is located north-west of Duncan in the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Hillcrest Road
To get here follow the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 towards Duncan and then take the Hwy 18 exit to Lake Cowichan. You then travel on Hwy 18 approximately 7 km (6 miles) to Hillcrest Road. Turn at Hillcrest Road and travel north-west past a large BC Hydro substation, first on pavement then later on the gravel Hillcrest Payne Forest Service Road (FSR) for approximately 8 km (5 miles).

Hillcrest Payne Forest Service Road (FSR)
The Hillcrest Payne Forest Service Road is a fairly wide road suitable for most vehicles. Although caution still must be maintained at all times when travelling the private FSR, it is in good shape, well graded and offers decent visibility for oncoming logging trucks and/or heavy equipment.

Cowichan Valley Regional District
The Chemainus River Provincial Park is a rustic recreational area that is managed by the Cowichan Valley Regional District for BC Parks. The Chemainus River is well noted for local fishing especially for Steelhead salmon plus there are opportunities for wildlife viewing, off-road motorcycles, quading, mountain-biking, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and serves as a local swimming hole in the Cowichan Valley.

Undeveloped Trails
The park can be busy at certain times especially during the summer with the area being popular with the local kids living in the area. You can though take undeveloped trails that meander along the river to some private pools and smaller swimming holes.

Proper Wildlife Procedures
Caution must be maintained for wildlife that feed and travel along the Chemainus River including, Roosevelt elk, black bears, wolves and cougars. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable and practice good outdoor wildlife procedures.

No Services or Facilities
There are absolutely no services or facilities located in Chemainus River Provincial Park so be prepared especially for all emergencies. There is a parking lot located right next to the river so a short walk is only required. There are no picnic tables plus camping out and fires are not allowed with the park gate being closed from dusk to dawn. If you have small children or you are not used to swimming in a river remember there are no lifeguards on duty, so be careful.

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Undeveloped Trails
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Chemainus River Provincial Park
Chemainus River Provincial Park


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