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Rosewall Creek
Rosewall Creek is located approximately 34 km (21 miles) north of Qualicum 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.

Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection
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.

Park Facilities
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 parking lot.

Lieutenant Ian MacDonald
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 June, 1944.

Waterfall Trail
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.

Swimming Holes
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.

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Rosewall Creek Sign
Rosewall Creek Provincial Park


Rosewall Creek
Rosewall Creek


Lieutenant Ian MacDonald Picnic Area
Lieutenant Ian MacDonald Picnic Area


Waterfall Trail
Waterfall Trail


Wildflowers on Waterfall Trail
Wildflowers on Waterfall Trail



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