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During the gold rush of the 19th century, this quiet valley was flooded with optimistic prospectors. Sadly, you’re not likely to find any gold nuggets these days, but you will find a treasure of a whole different sort: a terrific little wilderness area with majestic old-growth trees, shy wildflowers, and rushing streams simply bursting with salmon. Thousands of salmon make their annual run each winter up Goldstream River, and the end of the run signals the arrival of hundreds of bald eagles. The park also features several exceptional hikes, including the trek up Mt. Finlayson and another to Niagara Falls, which is actually higher than its eastern namesake. There is limited camping in the park.