Wilderness hiking, biking, wildlife viewing & fishing
Marble River Provincial Park on northern Vancouver Island offers excellent opportunities for wilderness hiking, biking, wildlife viewing and fishing.
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. Visitors should be aware that black bears frequent the park, especially during salmon spawning season.
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.