Rosewall Creek is located approximately 34 km (21 miles) north of
Beach and about 17.5 km (11 miles) south of Union Bay on Vancouver
Island. Three small communities - Deep Bay, Bowser, and Fanny
Bay, where you can find some small general stores, are very
close to the park entrance.
Rosewall Creek Provincial Creek was established in 1956 to help
protect a Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection made up of mixed broad-leafed
maple trees and Western hemlock. Rosewall Creek is also protected
as a spawning stream for a local Coho salmon run.
There are limited facilities found at Rosewall Creek Provincial
Park, but the facility does include a small parking lot, 2 pit-toilets
situated at the parking lot, some picnic tables, and a small creekside
trail that crosses over and follows Rosewall Creek, offering some
great viewing areas of the forest and creek ecosystem. The short,
wheelchair-accessible trail follows the creek, but eventually ends
at the right-of-way of the old E&N Railway situated near the
The picnic grounds found at Rosewall Creek Provincial Creek are
dedicated to Lieutenant Ian MacDonald, a local man from Fanny Bay
who was a member of the Canadian Scottish Regiment who fought in
WWII. He died eight days after the Allied invasion of Normandy in
Besides the wheelchair-accessible trail, there is a very popular
unmarked and non- maintained trail that crosses under the Inland
Island Hwy 19 and goes upstream. The trail takes you out of the
park area into Ministry of Forest lands to a small waterfall and
several small pool areas along Rosewall Creek. The hour-long trail
goes along a picturesque route situated near Rosewall Creek. It
is well suited for dog walking, and, with the appropriate licence
and abidance to current regulations, fishing opportunities.
During the late summer, when the water has slowed down, there are
a couple of places where you can take a dip in Rosewall Creek. Just
remember there are no lifeguards in BC Provincial Parks and swimming
is at your own risk. During all times, please keep an eye on pets
and small children as Rosewall Creek has a few areas of fast-rushing
currents, especially during spring time and heavy rain periods.
Unfortunately there is no campground at Rosewall Creek Provincial
Park. If you would like to camp in the area, there is a small private
campground in the small community of Deep Bay, at the Ship and Shore
Café and Campground. The closest provincial campgrounds are
at Little Qualicum Falls or Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Parks, both
located to the south - near Parksville.
MacDonald Picnic Area