Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Access Improvements

Benson Creek Falls Regional Park is a popular local and tourism destination in the Nanaimo area. A deep ravine and a challenging crossing of Benson Creek functionally limits connection between the north and south sides of the park and makes it difficult to safely hike to Ammonite Falls (also known as Benson Creek Falls), the main park attraction. The trailhead on Weigles Road provides access to loop trails on the north side of the ravine, and the trailhead on Jameson Road provides trail access to Ammonite Falls from the south.

The RDN is planning improvements to the park that will provide enhanced parking, a safe bridge crossing over Benson Creek, and upgraded trail descents that greatly improve public access to, and mobility within, this regionally significant park.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

  • Get involved by registering. By registering, you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Access Improvement project through our electronic communications.
  • Browse the background documents library located in the sidebar to gain a better understanding of the project.
  • Look at our FAQ's to have a better understanding of what, when, why and how this project will improve the Regional Park.
  • Share your comments, questions, and stories below with the project team.
  • Check the What's New tab for updates as the project moves along!

Benson Creek Falls Regional Park is a popular local and tourism destination in the Nanaimo area. A deep ravine and a challenging crossing of Benson Creek functionally limits connection between the north and south sides of the park and makes it difficult to safely hike to Ammonite Falls (also known as Benson Creek Falls), the main park attraction. The trailhead on Weigles Road provides access to loop trails on the north side of the ravine, and the trailhead on Jameson Road provides trail access to Ammonite Falls from the south.

The RDN is planning improvements to the park that will provide enhanced parking, a safe bridge crossing over Benson Creek, and upgraded trail descents that greatly improve public access to, and mobility within, this regionally significant park.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback?

  • Get involved by registering. By registering, you will be kept up-to-date with progress on the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Access Improvement project through our electronic communications.
  • Browse the background documents library located in the sidebar to gain a better understanding of the project.
  • Look at our FAQ's to have a better understanding of what, when, why and how this project will improve the Regional Park.
  • Share your comments, questions, and stories below with the project team.
  • Check the What's New tab for updates as the project moves along!
  • Detailed Design Underway

    4 months ago

    Detailed design is underway, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.

    Detailed design is underway, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.

  • Project Description

    4 months ago

    The Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Access Improvements project will provide trail improvements to the existing trail network, create some small sections of new trail and staircase installation to access Ammonite Falls, viewing platforms, erosion control and habitat rehabilitation measures, truss bridge installation over Benson Creek, and a new 40-stall parking lot, including two accessible parking stalls, off Weigles Road. For more information on the designs of the proposed Benson Creek Crossing (Option1), Ammonite Falls Descent (Option 2), and Weigles Road parking lot please review the Board Report provided in the background document library.


    The Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Access Improvements project will provide trail improvements to the existing trail network, create some small sections of new trail and staircase installation to access Ammonite Falls, viewing platforms, erosion control and habitat rehabilitation measures, truss bridge installation over Benson Creek, and a new 40-stall parking lot, including two accessible parking stalls, off Weigles Road. For more information on the designs of the proposed Benson Creek Crossing (Option1), Ammonite Falls Descent (Option 2), and Weigles Road parking lot please review the Board Report provided in the background document library.


  • Conceptual Design Complete

    4 months ago

    The conceptual design phase of this project is complete and the preferred design options for the Benson Creek Bridge Crossing, the Ammonite Falls Descent (Option 2) and Weigles Road Parking Lot have been determined and endorsed by the Regional Board. For more information please read the Board Report provided in the background document library.


    The conceptual design phase of this project is complete and the preferred design options for the Benson Creek Bridge Crossing, the Ammonite Falls Descent (Option 2) and Weigles Road Parking Lot have been determined and endorsed by the Regional Board. For more information please read the Board Report provided in the background document library.


  • How We Got Here

    4 months ago

    In 2014 the Regional District of Nanaimo adopted the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Management Plan. The Plan identifies park access improvements that will support user safety, limit liability, and reduce ongoing erosion and vegetation damage associated with access to steep slopes and environmentally sensitive areas.


    In 2014 the Regional District of Nanaimo adopted the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Management Plan. The Plan identifies park access improvements that will support user safety, limit liability, and reduce ongoing erosion and vegetation damage associated with access to steep slopes and environmentally sensitive areas.