We went to Fossli Provincial Park on Sproat Lake

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fossli provincial park, port alberni, bc, canada
Fossli Provincial Park was donated to the people of British Columbia in 1974 by Helen & Armour Ford of Port Alberni. The name "Fossli" is a place name from Norway that had been applied to the property before the Ford's acquired it. 

Although the  Park is  accessible by land  from a logging road, the best approach is by boat from Sproat Lake. Beach your boat at the trail head on the sandy shore and a few minutes walk will take you into the incredible green-filtered light of a west coast temperate rain forest. Once the green canopy closes over you, the only sounds you wll hear are the falls of St. Andrews Creek and the occasional hammering of a  woodpecker, otherwse silence prevails.
Vanilla Leaf and sword ferns carpet the forest floor.
  You will be surrounded by huge, moss-draped maple trees interspersed with Western red cedars and Hemlock and Balsam. This is not old-growth forest, however. It was logged in the last century as the decaying stumps will testify - but the second growth has now matured.

The forest floor is carpeted with Deer Foot (Vanilla Leaf) and Sword Fern but follow the trail and some occasional red blazing tape and you will return to your boat without difficulty.

I haven't used the trail access to Fossli but here's some information I obtained from a list of "Hiking Trails In Port Alberni & Area" run off on a duplicating machine and circulated in the Alberni Valley. "The wooded trail into the park from Stirling Arm Main crosses a bridge over St. Andrews Creek and then leads to a grassy meadow and the lake shore. There is a dock where boats can tie up and some old ruins of the farm house and a splendid water fall on the creek.

Access:
From River Road cross the Somass River bridge then turn left into the Sproat Division Headquarters. Follow the Stirling Arm Main for 6km. to Branch 301. On your right is an overgrown logging road and the entrance to the park. Warning: The bridge is only good for two people at a time!!

Distance/ Time: 4.5km/ 2hours
Difficulty: easy
Condition: good
Elevation: 30metre change"
cmwish says:
Helen and Armour were such generous leaders :o)
Posted on: Jul 11, 2008
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