|Vancouver Island Nature Viewing Region|
|Stamp River Provincial Park, Port Alberni|
|Stamp River Rapids: photo by Sandy McRuer||Salmon in Stamp River: photo by Sandy McRuer|
|The Stamp Somass river system is the most important wild salmon producing river on Vancouver Island, and Stamp River Provincial Park is one of the best places in the Province to see migrating salmon in the thousands Three species of salmon - Sockeye, Chinook and Coho- use the fish ladder as well as the falls. A 7 km forested trail follows along the Stamp River.|
|Geographical Description||327 ha Provincial Park situated along the Stamp River.|
|Area/ Trail Length||327 ha, 8 km of trails.|
|Seasons to Visit||Year-round. Salmon are present in June/July and again in September/October|
|Habitat||Mature lowland forest with residual pockets of old growth.|
|Viewing Highlights||Fish ladder to assist thousands of migrating salmon in navigating around the waterfalls. A television camera installed in the fish ladder allows visitors to see the salmon moving through it. There are vantage points to see fish jumping at the falls and swimming in the canyon below the falls. The beach and canyon below the falls allow viewing of salmon spawning virtually at your feet.|
Wildlife attracted by migrating salmon include Black Bears, eagles, gulls, herons, and mergansers. Notable birds include American Dippers.
In April there is a magnificent showing of White Fawn Lilies. Old growth trees are along the Anglers' Trail.
|Other Features||Interpretive signage.|
|Main Access||14 km along Beaver Creek Road from its junction with Hwy 4 in Port Alberni.|
|Secondary Accesses|| A trail across from a turnout before the main entrance to the park leads to a pool and a small beach below the canyon.|
A 500 m road leads to the north entrance of the Anglers' Trail, or Stamp River Long Trail, a 7 km trail along the Stamp River leading to the camping area and waterfalls.
|Cautions||Bears frequent the area when the salmon are running.|
For your own safety, do not swim or use tubes above Stamp Falls.
|Regulations||No swimming or boating in the park itself. Pets on leash. Fires allowed in fire rings.|
|Facilities||Pit toilets, picnic tables, campsites.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Camping. Fishing is allowed in Stamp River Park, but is closed 200m above & 500m below Stamp Falls from June 15 to November 15. Boundary markers are located on trees along the river.|
|Other Connections||A small section of the park on the other side of the river is accessible from the Greenmax Woodlot. Take Coleman Road to the Alberni Valley Regional Airport.|
|History||The Park was established in 1940. Named after Captain Stamp who built the first export sawmill in British Columbia in Port Alberni. There are two fish ladders. The former one is not used but still visible. The working one was built in the mid 1950s.|
|BC Parks iNaturalist Project|
|Stamp River Trail|
|Wildlife Viewing on Vancouver Island|
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