by Dave Team
on Tuesday, April 17th, 2018 at 5:01pm.
Port Alberni is our hidden gem on Vancouver Island; with everything from hiking to fishing and water sports, it is THE outdoor adventurer’s paradise!
Just at our doorstep, this is a huge variety of hiking trails - all with varying levels of difficulty, experience and physical fitness required. When hiking, pack water, snacks and leave with plenty of time to return to your vehicle before dark. And always remember to bring a friend, hike in a group or let someone know where you are going.
Here are three day hikes you need to do this summer that show the best of what Port Alberni and the Alberni Valley have to offer!
Roger Creek Nature Trail: The Hole in the Wall Time: 3 hours / Difficulty: Easy to moderate
This is a popular hike and piece of history for both hikers and photographers alike! The attraction (the hole in the wall) was created when engineers blasted a hole through the steep shale wall of Roger Creek to allow a cedar water line pass through to supply the town’s water. Now that it is not in use, it is a unique piece of history to visit with a waterfall sitting where the pipe used to pass through.
In addition to the stunning Hole in the Wall, the Roger Creek Nature Trail boasts a beautiful west coast forest experience with giant Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees. The hike is through a well-constructed trail with wooden bridges and a flowing river to follow.
Stage 1 of the new Alberni Inlet Trail makes its way through the forest, a few clearcuts and some logging roads. Quickly into this hike, the trail drops down to the inlet at a fork and has two options, one moderate and one difficult. The more challenging choice provides hikers a lookout on Copper Mountain with incredible views of the Alberni Valley. Throughout the trail, people will hike through everything from beaches, waterfalls and rocky outcroppings.
The Log Train Trail offers 25 km of trail for hikers, cyclists and even horse riders through the beautiful Alberni Valley. The trail stretches along Beaufort Range, leading to the McLean Mill Historic Site. Originally, the Log Train Trail was part of the Bainbridge Mill rail-logging operation, and this trail is now accessible from many points in the Alberni Valley.
It goes without saying... Port Alberni has some of the best hiking on Vancouver Island, and beyond! For more information on hiking in the Alberni Valley, head over to the Valley of Trails website, a new online adventure guide for our area. This website and initiative was created by a team of dedicated volunteers (avid hikers, photographers, and community supporters) who have spent their lives exploring the Alberni Valley.
With over 100 trails to explore, what are the Port Alberni hikes on your summer bucket list this year? We'd love to hear about your favourites.