Fossli 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.