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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  • Visited in the pouring rain. Trails were muddy & covered in water in places. There were many people visiting the park and all were enjoying a look at the monster trees from our past. They wouldn't gro...  more »
  • While we were with kids and other groups... the trees themselves spoke volumes. I love that the trail is short and can be taken in in about 20 minutes of walking. It's worth the stop off to visit and ...  more »
  • Stopped by the Grove on my way to Tofino, after having the fish & chips in town I guess I need to have a post-lunch walk. The Grove is smaller than I thought. It consists of 2 loops on each side of 2-...  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.