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Cathedral Grove, Port Alberni

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Marvel at towering trees and lush foliage at Cathedral Grove, a living remnant of the island's ancient forests. Pay a visit to this section of MacMillan Provincial Park to see colossal Douglas-fir trees, the largest of which stand at a height of more than 75 m (250 ft) and feature a circumference of 9 m (29 ft). Wander along the network of walking trails that crisscross the area and admire these old-growth evergreens, some of which are nearly eight centuries old. Keep an eye out for falling branches and animals, such as bears, elk, cougar, and owls. Before you head to Port Alberni, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Port Alberni travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Port Alberni has to offer, including Cathedral Grove.
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  • Majestic old trees on both sides of the road are worth the stop. The opposite side to the "Big Tree" is quieter and just as lovely with views of the lake.  more »
  • Stopped at Cathedral Grove on our way back from Tofino. So beautiful and humbling. 800 year old trees! Trail is short enough to do the loop in 10 minutes, although there are longer tails. Clean washro...  more »
  • We stopped at Cathedral Grove on the way to Tofino and so glad we did! What a beautiful and amazing area. The forest is simply amazing and scenic. The size of the trees is awe inspiring. There are a c...  more »
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  • There are no hours for this visit; all you need is to park the car and walk around. I went at the end of the day (7pm June and it was nearly empty and had the park to myself pretty much). I suppose like every other park they close it from 11 pm to dawn. The trail is super well marked but do look where you are walking since you can easily trip on the roots of the trees. This was an amazing experience and is it definitely worth the stop!! This reminded me of the sequoias I've seen in California, mixed with the rainforest trail in Olympic park in Washington. Truly amazing!!! I loved all the signage and was able to experience the trail better. Seems like the north trail could have more signs...
  • Enjoy the two loops through cathedral Grove Provincial Park and see some of the oldest and biggest trees of Canada. Just a nice, short walk for young and old.
  • I'm in awe of the beauty of this ancient forest! You'll love walking amongst these giants. During the rainy season, I do recommend wearing boots. The paths get very muddy.
  • Amazing. Worth the trip. Just brilliant how large the trees are and great spots to take photos.
  • Very magical place with senior, adult, young and baby trees. If you are looking for a short easy walk after a bathroom stop, definitively come here.