Errington

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Errington Volunteer Fire Department

In the shadow of Vancouver Island's mountain spine, this tiny village was first settled by Duncan McMillan, who named this new settlement after Errington, a small village in England's Northumberland county.
Now home to an eclectic assortment of farmers, artists and craftspeople, Errington is also the gateway to the Englishman River Falls in the magnificent Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.

Location: Errington is located in the foothills of Arrowsmith Mountain on Errington Road, off Highway 4, just south of Parksville and Qualicum Beach on the east coast of central Vancouver Island.

  • Stop by the Errington Farmers Market at the Errington Hall on Errington Road, a community based market specializing in agricultural products, arts, crafts and live entertainment. Saturday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm, mid-May to mid-September.
  • Visit the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, located on an 8-acre plot of land in Errington, where injured birds and mammals are nursed back to health - adopt a heron, a fawn, an otter or an eagle! Daily, 10am-4pm, April to October.
  • Meet the animals at Tiger Lily Farm, a children's farm featuring a hands-on experience with typical BC farm animals, pony rides, birthday parties and more. Your admission to the farm includes a pony ride! Hug the little lambs, learn how to milk a goat, count the chickens, or bottle-feed a calf!
  • Golf: There are no fewer than 6 world-class golf courses in the nearby Parksville and Qualicum Bay area, and the pleasant, sunny climate means play continues year-round. Select from the Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, or Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club, Eaglecrest Golf Club, Glengarry Golf Links, and Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Course in Qualicum Beach.  
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Errington War Memorial Hall

  • The Little Qualicum Spawning Channel on the Little Qualicum River is accessed via Melrose Road. Turn north off Highway 4, 3.5 miles (6 km) west of Coombs, and follow the signs to the hatchery. Over 4 million chinook salmon are raised annually, with the best visiting times being February to June and October to November. This hatchery is not to be confused with the big Qualicum Falls Hatchery, located on the Qualicum River north of Horne Lake.
  • Fishing: There's excellent bank casting for rainbow and cutthroat trout on the Englishman River, either near the river mouth on the Strait of Georgia near Parksville or in Englishman River Falls Provincial Park. There's a steelhead run as well in the river. Unfortunately, a decline in salmon stocks in British Columbia has forced closures on fishing for a number of species, so be sure to check in advance. Over the past century, brown trout have been successfully introduced to a number of Vancouver Island rivers, such as the Little Qualicum. The best access to the river for bank casting is at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. You'll also find good trolling and boat casting in Cameron Lake, part of which also lies within the park. There's a boat launch at the picnic grounds on Cameron Lake.
  • Hiking: Both Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Parks have rambling trails that lead beside the clear waters of these pristine rivers. A walk to the falls is a big part of a visit to either park.
  • Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, situated along the Englishman River, features a spectacular canyon between two beautiful waterfalls cascading along the descending riverbed. This 97-hectare park offers several walking trails that meander through lush old-growth forests of cedar, arbutus, fir, maple and hemlock along the Englishman River. Gaze up among the tall timbers where fingers of sunlight slant down to the ferns below. You'll find vehicle/tent sites and there's great picnicking, summer swimming and a 2-mile walking trail that passes through a stand of maple trees to an impressive waterfall and gorge. One hiking trial in the park leads to centuries-old petroglyphs depicting a bear and two whales. Located 3.5 miles (6 km) south of Errington.
  • Spend an afternoon lazing on the beach at the Cameron Lake Recreation Site, surrounded by mountains and forests in the Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park on Highway 4, 11 miles (18 km) west of Errington. Facilities at the lake include picnic sites, a boat Launch (private), and campsites (private and provincial). Cameron Lake is stocked with rainbow and cutthroat trout, and offers good fishing through summer. Anglers can test their fly fishing skills on the lake's brown trout, often the most difficult of trout to catch in B.C. Strong winds blow here in the afternoon, which attracts windsurfers but definitely deters those in small boats. Boaters and paddlers should take note of the strong and sudden gusts of wind often experienced on Cameron Lake.
  • At the west end of Cameron Lake is the Beaufort Picnic Site, another fine location for picnicking and swimming adjacent to the campground in the Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Picnic tables are arranged beside the beach. Cameron Lake is bordered by steep mountains: Mt. Wesley to the north and Mt. Arrowsmith to the south.
  • Directly north of Errington is the seaside resort town of Parksville. Bordered by ocean and sheltered by mountains, Parksville boasts some of the finest beaches in Canada, including those at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. When the tide goes out in Parksville, it leaves hundreds of metres of firm golden sand - internationally acclaimed as the best building material for sandcastles!
  • To the northwest of Errington is another B.C. seaside pleasureland. Steeped in a quaint British heritage, modern day Qualicum Beach offers visitors the same gentle countryside and golden, seemingly endless sandy beaches as Parksville, plus 4 top golf courses.