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.
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).
The parkâ€™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
A habitat area, with recent recolonization of the endangered Vancouver
A snow-pack source for Englishman and Little Qualicum Rivers,
important salmon rivers.
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.
Mount Arrowsmith is known as â€śKuth-Kah-Chulthâ€ť to the Hupacasath
First Nation which translates to â€śthat which has sharp pointed faces.â€ť
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