In the summer, life always seems better when you are swimming. If you lack air conditioning, it might be your only way to escape the heat. But if you are looking to avoid crowded beaches or chlorine smelling pools, we know just the spot. This easy hike will lead you to secret waterfalls and a must-see swimming hole in B.C.

To get to this local gem, you'll need to take a ferry and drive four hours from Vancouver to reach Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. Here, you'll find a true summertime oasis where you can float in the natural blue-green pool.

Getting to the swimming hole is simple, but the trek there is just as astonishing. It is a short 1.3-kilometre loop that will lead you through the lush forest until you reach a cascading waterfall.

Nearby you'll find a bridge that crosses the river. You'll definitely want to stop to enjoy the fantastic view of the roaring water.

Then a bit further, you are in for another breathtaking sight. You'll reach the lower falls that plunge into the dreamy swimming hole.

It is the unicorn of swimming spots as swimming next to a waterfall is simply a magical experience. Sometimes when the light shines in the right place, it will even create rainbows right above you.

Without a doubt, you'll want to visit this area with your friends over the summer.

Unlike many other swimming spots, the pool is so magnificent you can see right down to the bottom. You could easily spend hours here floating without a care in the world.

If you want to extend your stay, you can even go for a weekend. We love the idea of turning the trip into a multiday adventure, of splashing in the water and exploring the forest.

There is an affordable campground nearby that is open in the late spring and through the summer, too. It is the ideal way to make the most of your time here.

Englishman River Falls

Price: Free

Address: 2245 Errington Rd., Errington, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can swim near a waterfall in the clearest pool of water you've ever seen.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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