Falls Nature Park
The parking lot for Nymph Falls Nature Park is located on Forbidden
Plateau Road approximately 11.5 km (7 miles) from Courtenay.
Nymph Falls were the result of an early-1950s joint operation in
the creation of a fish ladder on the Puntledge River, completed
by both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and BC Hydro. Since
then, the falls have provided a popular recreation site for the
Comox Valley residents.
Things to do in the park include wildlife-watching, hiking, mountain
biking, and swimming in the summer. The parking lot is situated
on Forbidden Plateau Road with the Puntledge River and Nymph Falls
Nature Park being a very short walk away. The very rural Courtenay
Airport is located next to the main parking lot.
There are numerous trails that lead from the parking lot through
some very large second-growth forest, both up and down the Puntledge
River. The fish ladder provides a section of water that cascades
through blasted rock into a large pool. Going upstream from here
along the trail, you come to a section on the river called Barber's
Hole, sometimes spelt "Boubors" Hole.
There is some awesome river swimming found both at Nymph Falls Nature
Park and Barber's Hole. The area found at Nymph Falls Nature Park
provides easier access to the Puntledge River with some waist-deep
sections, offering safer conditions with less current.
Access to the river for swimming is not very easy at Barber's Hole,
especially for very young and older people. Because of the hard
climb off the sandstone shelves to the river below, heavy ropes
are provided to pull yourself up. Once on the river, there are only
a few sections to hang out along the bank, so try to arrive early
to avoid the crowd.
Your Own Risk
Swimming and exploring along the Puntledge River is strictly at
your own risk, with no lifeguards or any supervision present. Special
caution must also be exercised as the Puntledge River can be susceptible
to sudden releases of water from the reservoir dam operated upstream
by BC Hydro. There is also the chance of bear and cougar encounters,
so practise safe wildlife procedures. Another swimming hole near
Nymph Falls Nature Park on the Browns River is called the Medicine
Just remember if you are enjoying the rivers 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.
on Nymph Falls Nature Park