MacMillan Provincial Park, Port Alberni
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MacMillan Provincial Park is a 301 hectare provincial park in British Columbia, Canada. Located 25 km west of Qualicum Beach and 16 km east of Port Alberni, the park straddles Highway 4 in central Vancouver Island. It is nestled on the western shore of Cameron Lake, and protects the delta of the Cameron River. The park is home to a famous, 157 hectare stand of ancient Douglas-fir, known as Cathedral Grove, which draws visitors from all over the world. The park provides the only highway-accessible protected old-growth Douglas-fir forest in British Columbia. In 2007 Cathedral Grove made the short list on CBC television's competition, Seven Wonders of Canada.
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  • This park is split in two by Highway 4. Park on the right as you come up out of Nanaimo (next to the rest rooms), and there are a few handicap spaces. This is the north side, with a shoreline on Camer...  more »
  • We are in the fall at MacMillan PP. Beautiful of course, fun trails to walk! Totally worth it to stop and the mega large trees to spot!
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  • Cathedral Grove is suposed to be "the place" to see big trees on Vancouver Island but unfortunately many of the best came down in a 1990's storm. Trees have been left to decay in place but, given the ...  more »
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  • I will never grow old of the towering, giant trees in this park. Stroll along and be awestruck by the height and breadth of these trees. Read about the ecosystem and the history of the park. Feel tranquility descend as you wander the trails in the forest.
  • Cathedral Grove. A wonderful place to experience the original inhabitants of the West coast. It's a sickening disgrace that we are still logging old growth in 2016.
  • A beautiful stop worth going out of your way to see, Cathedral Grove is home some of the tallest trees on Vancouver Island and just a few steps away from the highway. Short, peaceful walking paths with interpretive signs and beautiful views, and awe inspiring trees.
  • Really gorgeous area, and there are many interesting informative signs nestled in there. The walks are easy and paths are pretty smooth so anybody could easily do them.
  • A little bit off the beaten path but the size of the trees are amazing. Combine this trip with Goats on the Roof in Coombs and the beach in Parksville and you'll have an unforgettable day.