Trails - Campbell River- Elk Falls Provincial Park - Canyon View
Access: Access for the Canyon View Trail is best at the BC Hydro regeneration station 3 km north of the Tamarac Street intersection on Highway 28 and Highway 19 and 19A. Parking is ample and views of the river from this vantage point are stunning.
Distance/Time: 6 kilometres – 1 hour circle route
Difficulty: Moderate, some uphill
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Condition: There have been some landslides on the trail, caution is to be exercised.
It is easy to see the parking lot from there. The Canyon View Trail was constructed in 1991 through the joint efforts of local industry providers and the Rotary Club of Campbell River. The trail was named for the breath-taking view of the canyon from the suspension bridge. The trail has proven to be an increasingly popular recreational facility for both visitors and residents of Campbell River.
The Canyon View Trail is a scenic 6 km circular hike through West
Coast forest along the Campbell River. The route makes a good family outing and takes about one and a half hours to complete. BC Hydro’s trail head is located at the John Hart Generating Station off Highway 28. The west end of the trial crosses the canyon on an 80-foot walkway which camouflages the natural gas pipeline running beneath it. At the east end of the trial, hikers cross the Campbell River using Timber West’s logging bridge and the Quinsam River using the Ministry of Transportation and Highways Bridge. Hikers should use extreme caution when crossing the Quinsam and Campbell River bridges, as vehicular traffic may be present.
This trail may also be accessed directly across Highway 28 from the Elk Falls Camp ground. The Canyon View Trail can be a circuit by crossing this bridge and following the trail downstream on the north side of the river through salmon spawning channels and river viewpoints. This circuit is approximately 4 kilometres. This is a popular walking or jogging trail. The Millennium Trial can be accessed off the Canyon View Trial just upstream from the John Hart Hydro Station at the junction of the Canyon View pedestrian bridge.
Bear in mind that in the late summer to late fall months these trails are also used by an increasing number of bears.