Cowichan River Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Cowichan River Provincial Park stretches for many kilometres along both banks of the Cowichan River and encompasses everything from deep rainforest to open meadows and of course the river itself. Every week is different as the seasons come and go. In the spring wildflowers flourish along the banks while in the fall the salmon swim upstream to spawn.

Cowichan River, Cowichan River Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Cowichan River, Cowichan River Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

 

 

 

 

The park protects over 1,400 hectares and while preserving an impressive section of the Cowichan River, recently designated a Provincial Heritage River internationally, is best known for the recreational activities that are available. For river sports there is everything from fishing for steelhead, trout and salmon to excellent whitewater kayaking and canoeing. Tubing is also a popular pastime during the lazy days of summer. Bicyclists can cycle the entire Cowichan River from Glenora to Cowichan Lake on the fabulous Trans Canada Trail crossing over a number of old railway trestles as they work their way up the river. For hikers there are over 20km of trails following the river and numerous other shorter walks. Two campgrounds service the area.

Fishing on the Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Fishing on the Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

 

For photographers there is an endless supply of opportunities. The forest itself is lush with massive fir, cedar and maple trees surrounded by ferns and wildflowers. For those into macro work, the mushroom photography is likely some of the best you will find on the west coast. Recreation photography is endless if you want to try your hands at high speed sports like kayaking. Many months of the year fog can be found in the river valley making for spectacular sunrise images and of course watching and photographing the salmon run is always fascinating. I feel very fortunate to live so close to an amazing river that has been well protected and will continue to photograph there for many years to come.

Where are my favourite places to shoot? For views of the river and mushroom photos I would choose the 66 Mile Trestle. For a pleasant walk amongst large trees and for viewing the salmon run try Stoltz Pool.

 

More information:

Cowichan River Provincial Park
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Forest on the Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Forest on the Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Mushrooms, Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Mushrooms, Cowichan River, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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4 Responses to “Cowichan River Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, British Columbia”

  1. LisaNewton says:

    Now, this is a river. I love the lush green forest, and you out did yourself with the mushrooms. They are so clear and colorful. I can see so many details in the photo. Plus, the texture truly comes out.

  2. kevin says:

    Thanks Lisa,

    This area is very green, I guess because of all the rain we get!

    Mushrooms are one of my favourite macro subjects. I must have about 2,000 photos of these cool plants. A bunch more are at Mushroom Photos. Enjoy!

  3. Lisa's Chaos says:

    What a great place!! It looks like heaven!

    Sorry I’m so far behind! :(

  4. dave the rave says:

    superb mushroom shot. You have captured the essence of these fragile beauties

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