Fossli Park

Fossli Park MapFossli Park is an undeveloped Provincial Park on the south side of Stirling Arm, Sproat Lake. The 130 acres that make up Fossli Provincial Park were donated for parkland by Helen and Armour Ford. Helen Ford had inherited the property from her father, who himself has purchased it from an early settler named Mr. Faber. Mr. Faber had named the area Fossli after a village in Eidfjord, Norway – fossil or fosseli is a Norwegian word meaning “waterfall in the valley”.

Fossli Park has an absolutely beautiful hiking trail that is a favourite of the residents of the Alberni Valley and Vancouver Island. The trail head is accessed via a private unpaved logging road.  The trail will lead you to a suspension bridge that crosses over St. Andrew’s Creek. Past the bridge you will reach Fossli water fall. Continuing hiking will brings you to the shore of Sproat Lake where you will find a grassy area that is all that remains of the Ford homestead.  In the spring there is great bird watching beside a beaver pond. In the summer, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place to swim.  Finally, in the fall you can watch the Coho salmon swimming up St. Andrews’s Creel to spawn.  

1.5 hours (2.5 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
60 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
N 49° 14' 31.404'' W 124° 56' 50.919''


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.