Marble River Provincial Park

Type Backcountry/Wilderness Camping

Open: Year round

Fees: None

Reservations: No

Toilets: None, Leave no Trace
Showers: No
Potable Water: No, water is available from streams but must be boiled, filtered, or treated
Pets: Yes
Garbage: Pack it out
Fire Pit: No, Leave no Trace (Check for fire ban)
Hydro: No
Sanidump: No
Accessible: No
Description: The Marble River Trail, a 4.2-km hiking and biking trail, provides access to the river for visitors, who come to watch the salmon spawning in the fall. Interpretive signs along this trail offer information about the forest environment. Salmon spawning viewing areas are located near the trailhead and at Bear Falls, approximately 2/3 of the way down the trail. An interpretive sign and fish ladder are also located at Bear Falls.

Things to Do: 

Alice Lake Recreation Loop -  The Alice Lake Loop Tour is a fantastic opportunity to see a series of ancient Quatsino karst and limestone formations. On this tour there is 4 distinct viewing points of the Eternal Fountain, Devil’s Bath, the Vanishing River and the Reappearing River. The Eternal Fountain is a naturally occurring swallet, which is when a stream disappears underground. Further on the loop you will come across the Devil’s Bath which is the largest cenote in Canada at a size of 359 meters in diameter and 44 meters in depth. Next up is the Vanishing River and the Reappearing River; just as their names suggest this is where part of the Benson River disappears and flows underground for 2 km before resurfacing at the Reappearing River.

Biking - The 4.2 km Marble River Trail has been designed to accommodate both mountain bikers and hikers. Please obey all signs related to mountain biking safety and ethics.

Boating - There is a boat launch across the highway; access (for smaller boats) to Alice Lake.

Fishing - Marble River Provincial Park is also a very popular destination for recreational angling, including fly fishing on the river and tidal water fishing in the marine portion of the park. Chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, cutthroat, rainbow and Dolly Varden trout can all be caught in this park. The Marble River Trail contains a number of angler-access routes down to the river, which is considered to be one of the best steelhead fishing rivers on Vancouver Island. The most popular fly-fishing location, known as the Emerald Pools, is located at the end of the trail.

Hiking -  There is a hiking trail that starts at the end of the upper loop of the Forest Recreation Site. The trail is 4.2 km; average hiking time one way: 1.5 hours. The trail is generally in good condition but windfall and other debris may be present, so please use extra caution.

Swimming - In Marble river or Alice Lake

Rules: BC Parks Policy. Practice Leave no Trace and BC Backcountry Camping Ethics

Operated by: BC Provincial Parks

Number of Sites: 0

Map: None

Website: BC Parks

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