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Backgrounder

Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park

Mount Arrowsmith Management Plan Backgrounder

Established in November 2008, Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park is situated on the mid-western edge of the Regional District of Nanaimo Electoral Area C. It is approximately 40km from Qualicum Beach and 30km from Port Alberni, and is a prominent landscape feature seen from both Port Alberni and the communities of east central Vancouver Island.

Geography

The 1300 hectare park encompasses two key peaks of Central Vancouver Island: Mount Arrowsmith (elevation 1,817m/5,962ft) and Mount Cokely (elevation 1,616m/5,301ft) - see map. The park property abuts privatelyowned forestry lands to the east, south and west and to the north is bordered by Mount Arrowsmith Regional Park operated by the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD).
Natural Values
The park’s natural ecosystems are among the most significant on Vancouver Island. Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park is recognized as:
  • The largest alpine and sub-alpine zone on Vancouver Island south of Strathcona Provincial Park.
  • Home to several red-listed and blue-listed species.
  • One of two White-tailed Ptarmigan IBAs (Important Bird Areas) on Vancouver Island.
  • A habitat area, with recent recolonization of the endangered Vancouver Island Marmot.
  • A snow-pack source for Englishman and Little Qualicum Rivers, important salmon rivers.
Recreational Values
Sources suggest that Mount Arrowsmith is one of the most popular recreation mountains on Vancouver Island. Its location makes it accessible to a broad population and the park has multiple trail routes that provide hiking opportunities for all levels of experience and fitness. Additional recreation experiences include technical climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, lake fishing, nature appreciation and photography.
Historical Values
Mount Arrowsmith is known as “Kuth-Kah-Chulth” to the Hupacasath First Nation which translates to “that which has sharp pointed faces.” Documented ascents of the mountain are recorded as early as 1887, and in 1912, the CPR developed a pack trail and overnight hut to accommodate tourism - the trail remains a popular ascent route today. After many years of interest by local stakeholders and public, the RDN secured a Tenure from the Province in 2009 to establish Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park.
Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park Map

What to Do if You Have Questions, Ideas or Concerns
Please contact Lesya Fesiak, Park Planner via one of the methods below:

Email: lfesiak@rdn.bc.ca
Phone: 250-248-3252
Toll free: 1-888-828-2069
Mail to: Regional District of Nanaimo
Recreation and Parks
830 West Island Highway
Parksville, BC V9P 2X4
Additional Information
Planning Process Diagram
Location Map

Mount Arrowsmith
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