Being more landlocked than other island communities, the Alberni Valley has an abundance of hiking trails. And these trails give options to people with all kinds of hiking abilities. So if you are after a flat easy path for a wheelchair or a rigorous vertical climb to a local peak, we have it; and lots in between! For maps of trails, just ask for the trail booklet at the Visitor Centre or go to the Regional District’s website.
Where to Go Hiking:
- Rainbird Excursions – A storyteller, outdoor adventurer, and naturalist who offers guided day trips and hikes to fantastic backwoods areas on Vancouver Island.
- Log Train Trail – A flat and scenic 25km trail for hiking, cycling and horseback riding that follows an abandoned 1920s-era railway branch line at the foot of the Beaufort Range. It once linked a sawmill to Port Alberni’s waterfront. Access is via the equestrian trail at Mozart Road north of town.
- Stamp River Long Trail – This magnificent 7.5km trail follows the east bank of the Stamp River, and is marked by stretches of moss-covered old-growth firs and cedars.
- Rogers Creek Nature Trail – Great for beginning hikers, this 3km riverside path is five minutes south of the Visitor Centre off the Port Alberni Highway (#4).
- Mount Arrowsmith – This is one of the most popular mountains on Vancouver Island to climb. Although it is a challenging hike, it is not technical – that is, you don’t need ropes and climbing gear. The mountain has a variety of routes for serious hikers, including the historic 1912 Canadian Pacific Railways trail, a challenging, eight-hour hike. Other routes are shorter and take you higher. The trailheads are reached by following a logging road. BE CAREFUL DRIVING IT. Links to trail maps below, are not sanctioned by Alberni Valley Tourism. They should be used with caution.
Many of the more interesting trails are known to locals only and are off the beaten path. Ask around for them. We’re a friendly bunch!