Alberni Valley Wonders
Here in the Alberni Valley we’re renowned for our Seven Wonders:
- Bears on the Boardwalk – One of the best places to view bears is at the Victoria Quay where, at low tide, you can safely watch black bears having their salmon dinner.
- McLean Mill National Historic Site – A National Historic Site with the only steam-operated mill in Canada with mill and old-time logging demonstrations.
- Log Train Trail – Originally used for transporting logs, this 25km trail is now popular with hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.
- Cathedral Grove – Explore this rare ancient Douglas Fir ecosystem featuring enormous examples of British Columbia’s rainforest trees.
- M.V. Frances Barkley – A working packet freighter that travels either to Bamfield or Ucluelet. A great day trip!
- Martin Mars Water Bombers – No visit to the Alberni Valley would be complete without seeing these icons of aviation, historically built as troop carriers in the 2nd World War and then retrofitted as fire-fighting aircraft. The Bombers are open for viewing during the summer months, along with the Coulson Flying Tankers Visitors Centre.
- Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture – This was originally housed in the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria and is an impressive life-sized sculpture of a whaling canoe on display at the Victoria Quay. Whaling was a very important part of the tribal culture of the natives of west coast Vancouver Island.