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Nitinat River Provincial Park
Nitinat River Provincial Park is located approximately 50 km (30 miles) west of Lake Cowichan and 75 km (47 miles) south-east of Port Alberni near the small First Nation community of Nitinat, now known by its traditional name, Ditidaht.

By Vehicle
There are a couple of different ways that you can get to Nitinat River Provincial Park by vehicle. One is to drive in by Lake Cowichan, either by the South Shore Road through Honeymoon Bay or the North Shore through Youbou to the end of Cowichan Lake. The other way is from Port Alberni, 70 km (43.5 miles) away: take the road to Bamfield, and just before the turn off at the old Franklin Camp, turn onto Franklin South Road towards Ditidaht.

Two Separate Parcels
Nitinat River Provincial Park is divided into 2 parcels of land, approximately 9 km (6 miles) away. One section, situated on the Nitinat Road on the way to Cowichan Lake, is very remote. Hiking and viewing the area are discouraged due to environmental reasons. The other parcel called Bridge Pool is more accessible and has been set aside for recreational use.

Remote
Just remember Nitinat River Provincial Park is very remote, has very little notification or signage, and has no facilities. To view the park, the best spot is on the Nitinat Main Road coming from Port Alberni near a logging bridge that crosses the river about 7 km (4.5 miles) north-east of Ditidaht. The pools and access to the riverbank and park are found here with a local swimming hole close by.

Outdoor Recreation
The outdoor recreation found at Nitinat River Provincial Park includes angling, with the appropriate fishing license, wilderness camping, hiking, plus plant and wildlife viewing. During the summer, opportunities for swimming, tubing, and canoeing are present. Be cautious around the riverbank because in the BC Park system there are no lifeguards present and swimming is at your own risk.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.

Travelling
When you travel here please respect the fact that these are logging roads. Logging is very active both on the Cowichan Main Road and the Alberni-Franklin Mains, the routes that you need to take in order to get to Nitinat.

Be Prepared
Always be cautious, have your lights on and make sure you pull over and give all the room you can to these trucks and equipment. There is no need to hurry; please carry a good spare tire, keep your eyes on the road and be prepared for dust

 

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Nitinat River

 

Riverbank at Bridge Pool
Riverbank at Bridge Pool

 

Nitinat River Bridge
Nitinat River Bridge

 

Nitinat River
Nitinat River

 
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