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MacMillan Provincial Park

Mighty, ancient trees cover this Vancouver Island park, which offers walking trails, open-water swimming and the chance to spot wildlife.

Explore MacMillan Provincial Park, a beautiful woodland landscape that stretches across 743 acres (301 hectares) of Victoria Island. The walking trails here lead past some of the oldest trees in the region to reach the shores of a glistening lake.

The woods in the park were part of First Nations territory many centuries ago. The area became a provincial park when the wealthy forester H.R. MacMillan donated land to the public in 1944. Survey the ancient trees that grow here to get a better sense of the history of the place.

The park is most famous for Cathedral Grove, a woodland dominated by towering Douglas firs. Some of the trees in the grove are more than 800 years old and stretch for 250 feet (75 meters) into the air. Walk beneath their formidable branches, looking up into the dense canopy above. The biggest tree in the park has a circumference of over 30 feet (9 meters).

Look for red cedars that have had their bark stripped on one side. These trees have been used for ceremonial purposes by the First Nations people who were the protectors of this forest for generations.

Find the stump of a felled tree and count the rings to determine its age. Wander the routes that wind through the park, keeping alert for wildlife that lives on the island. Elk, black bears and owls are just a few of the animals that inhabit this woodland terrain.

Follow the trails on the northern side of the park to reach the shores of Cameron Lake. Go for a swim in the clear waters or fish for trout in this serene setting. Bring lunch to the park to enjoy a meal at one of the picnic spots. Relax beneath the shade of the giant trees as you eat.

MacMillan Provincial Park is a 50-minute drive from Nanaimo and just over 2 hours from Victoria. Leave your car in the parking lot and wander the park on foot, making sure to stay on the set routes.


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Timberlodge RV & Campground

Timberlodge RV & Campground

2404 Timberlane Road, Port Alberni, BC
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel CA $117
    Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

    Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

    4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Port Alberni, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink and Alberni Pacific Railway are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Hospitality Inn CA $94
      Hospitality Inn

      Hospitality Inn

      3835 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Port Alberni, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink and Rollin Art Centre Gallery. Alberni Pacific Railway and Harbour Quay are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Redford Motel CA $100
        Redford Motel

        Redford Motel

        3723 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Sunset Motel CA $70
          Sunset Motel

          Sunset Motel

          3611 McIntyre Drive, Port Alberni, BC
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Suite Amour Hobby Farm and B & B

            Suite Amour Hobby Farm and B & B

            3567 Ryan Road, Qualicum Beach, BC
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this cottage is within 9 miles (15 km) of Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, The Old School House Arts Centre and Village Theater. Qualicum Beach Community Park and Qualicum Beach Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              Ducktails Cozy Cottage
              Ducktails Cozy Cottage

              Ducktails Cozy Cottage

              3602 Alberni Hwy, Qualicum Beach, BC
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Alberni Inn

                Alberni Inn

                3805 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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