Walbran Valley is a pristine valley filled with gigantic ancient trees, a beautiful salmon bearing creek and amazing waterfall. This is a must-do if you have a free day up in Renfrew. There are several trails accessible to visitors – some that continue on into Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park. The Walbran Valley is currently unprotected and at risk of logging. It is approximately an hour (35km) drive from the beach house on logging roads – well worth the time spent in the car to get there and back. Be sure to read the attached PDF and observe all recommended safety practices.
There are several trails to hike once you get to Walbran. The most spectacular is the Walbran Falls Trails. There is an upper and lower trail that will take you through spectacular old growth forest, on a raised boardwalk. These trails take you to Walbran Falls, which are a beautiful multi-level waterfall. In the summer, it’s possible to swim in pools at various levels of the falls.
If you are planning on doing some wilderness camping in Carmanah Walbran, the Anderson Lake Trail is the access trail to the park.
Castle Grove is an impressive stand of giant western red cedars. Access this trail via the Upper Walbran Falls Trail, or old forest road.
Emerald Pool is a great spot for a riverside dip or to watch spawning salmon in the fall.
Walbran Valley is a true wilderness area. It’s truly hard to believe that it still exists in its pristine state – as it did a thousand years ago. Wildlife is present in the area, and includes bears, cougars, wolves, elk and deer. Walbran creek also holds spawning salmon in the fall.
Detailed Directions to Trailheads (PDF File)