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Nymph 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.

Puntledge River
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.

Forbidden Plateau Road
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.

Barber's Hole
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.

Swimming 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.

Sandstone Shelves
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.

At 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 Bowls.

Bear Country
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.

 


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Information on Nymph Falls Nature Park

 

Nymph Falls
Nymph Falls

 

Main Trail at Nymph Falls
Main Trail at Nymph Falls

 

Barber's Hole
Barber's Hole

 

Swimming Area at Nymph Falls
Swimming Area at Nymph Falls

 

Barber's Hole
Barber's Hole

 
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