What can you find in the Alberni Valley?
From end to end, there’s natural beauty, friendly people, and endless adventures available in the Alberni Valley.
Cathedral Grove / MacMillan Provincial Park
MacMillan Provincial Park, also known as Cathedral Grove, greets visitors approaching the Alberni Valley from the east along Highway 4. Stop and appreciate the ancient Western Red Cedars and towering Douglas firs—some as old as 800 years—while strolling the shaded trails and boardwalks on either side of the highway.
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere
Established in 1996 to raise awareness for the biodiversity of watersheds on Vancouver Island’s Mount Arrowsmith and adjacent marine areas, the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) is an officially designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Connect with nature through one of the many programs, such as the Adventures in a Backpack where you can download adventures to explore the beauty of this biosphere. The MABR is part of the Amazing Places initiative: an incredible way to discover the beauty and importance of the natural world around us. Visit 10 Amazing Places to discover the hidden magic of the Alberni Valley.
Mount Arrowsmith dominates the skyline to the east over Port Alberni. If you’re a mountain climber with experience, try the Judges Route to the summit or scramble up the West Ridge.
West of Port Alberni on Highway 4, Sproat Lake is over 25 kilometres long with over 300 kilometres of shoreline. The warmest freshwater lake on Vancouver Island, you will find many cottages and year-round residences, as well as three provincial parks on its shores: Sproat Lake Provincial Park, Taylor Arm Provincial Park, and Fossli Provincial Park. Sproat Lake is a popular recreation spot for swimming and Stand Up paddle boards (SUP), canoes and kayaks, and all kinds of power boating, fishing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding.
Cameron Lake is on Highway 4, just east of Coombs on the westward road to Port Alberni. With Mount Arrowsmith to the south and Mt. Wesley to the north, Cameron Lake is a popular summer spot to take a swim in the lake or have a picnic at Little Qualicum Provincial Park.
Great Central Lake
Great Central Lake is 35 kilometres long and is about 16 kilometres northeast of Port Alberni. The lake is a popular spot for fishing, boating, skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, hiking, camping, and ATVing.
Stamp Falls / Stamp Falls Provincial Park
As part of the Stamp Falls Provincial Park, the water from the Stamp River thunders over these small falls, located just downstream from the campground. The falls are an excellent place to watch salmon jumping on their spawning path from late summer to autumn, and sometimes you’ll see black bears and bald eagles enjoying a bountiful lunch.
The Della Falls Trail is accessed by water taxi on Great Central Lake. The trail is only 16 kilometres long and takes you to the highest waterfall in Canada (440 metres or 1,443 feet high). This is an overnight hike requiring proper equipment.
For more information on Dell Falls and Stamp Falls – checkout our guide Discover the Best Waterfall Hikes in the Alberni Valley.