Ammonite Falls, Nanaimo, BC, Canada


Address -: Ammonite Falls (Benson Creek Falls),Doumont Rd & Weigles Rd, Nanaimo, BC V9T 6H1, Canada

Ammonite Falls is named for the fossils that inhabit the stack of sedimentary layers of rock kept slick by the falls. A brief foray into the rock matrix in the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park reveals a vast number of concretions, ball'o'fossils that can be broken open to reveal ancient life. Most concretions contain merely a protean speck, while others house ammonites, snail-like creatures similar in shape and form to the modern Nautilus. These were very common in Paleozoic and Mesozoic oceans, 400 to 65 million years ago. Many large shells are embedded in the stone of the riverbed (one at least is the area of a Nanaimo bus schedule).
The trailhead is very distinct and has a parking lot close to the start of the trail. From the Nanaimo Parkway (#19) head onto Jingle Pot Road. Follow that for a few kilometres and turn onto Kilpatrick Road, followed by another right on Jameson Road. Drive to the end of Jameson Road and park in the parking lot to the right. The well marked trail head is just up the hill.
The hike takes about 30 minutes at a regular pace. It offers great walking trails that are also great for trail running and mountain biking.
Once you reach the falls, there is an intermediate rope section that is helpful to you get down to the base of the waterfall. The ropes really come in handy if you plan to visit in spring or winter as the trail can get muddy and slippery.
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