The tiny village of Errington was first settled by Duncan McMillan, who named it after a small village in England's Northumberland county.
Errington is located in the foothills of Arrowsmith Mountain on Errington Road, south off Highway 4, 6 km (4 mi) west of Parksville and 15 km (9 mi) south west of Qualicum Beach on the east coast of Vancouver Island.
Located east of Parksville near Errington, Englishman River Falls has excellent picnic, swimming and hiking as well as two spectacular waterfalls in the midst of the forest. During the summer a crystal clear pool at the base of the lower falls turns into one of the best swimming holes in the area, and the whole park becomes a prime viewing area for the return of spawning salmon in the fall.
Held each Saturday during the summer, Errington Farmer's Market was established in 1973 and is a unique, free-spirited contry market nestled among the trees. Offerings include fresh produce, locally prepared foods, hand-crafted items made by local artisans, as well as coffee and goodies from the Market Cafe.
Located on 8-acres of land in Errington, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is where injured birds and mammals are nursed back to health. Adopt a heron, a fawn, an otter or an eagle. There is a public viewing area, eagle flight cage, Museum of Nature and Wildlife Learning Centre.
Tiger Lily Farm Barnyard & Trail Rides is located in Errington and offers a quality hands-on experience featuring traditional farm animals. Come milk a goat, bottle feed a calf and ride a pony in the Barnyard. Let Your Spirit Ride on a horseback ride through scenic forested trails. A great way to spend quality time together.
Over 4 million chinook salmon are raised annually at the Little Qualicum Spawning Channel, 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.
Cathedral Grove, located in MacMillan Provincial Park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Here visitors can stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas-fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world - some more than 800 years old. Trails on either side of the highway lead visitors through the mighty stands of this coastal forest. On the south side you will find the largest Douglas firs - one measuring more than 9 m (30 ft) in circumference. On the northern side of the road you'll find groves of ancient Western red cedar standing sentry over nearby Cameron Lake.
Impressive waterfalls cascade down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forested setting bordered by steep mountain peaks at this park, one of the most beautiful parks on central Vancouver Island. The falls, lake swimming, shaded riverside trails and picnic facilities make Little Qualicum Falls a very popular family recreation destination. A number of walking trails are available in and around the park, offering picturesque views of the river and providing access to the upper and lower falls. Nearby Cameron Lake is an ideal spot for swimming and fishing, as well as sail boarding.
The Englishman River provides excellent fishing from the river-bank where you can cast for rainbow, cutthroat, and steelhead trout.
The Parksville/Qualicum area is home to several outstanding golf courses. Some of these are: Morningstar Golf Club is a challenging and beautiful course and the site of many CPGA events; Fairwinds Golf Club is noted as one of the finest in BC; Brigadoon is a 9-hole challenging course for golfers of all abilities; Pheasant Glen is situated in spectacular surroundings beneath Mt. Arrowsmith in Qualicum Beach.
Both Englishman River Falls and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Parks have trails that follow the clear waters of these pristine rivers. A walk to the falls is a big part of a visit to either park.
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