MacMillan Provincial Park, Port Alberni

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited the Park in the morning and did all possible loops in less than half an hour. We could hear the traffic from the Street at all times (which is not what you want to hear in a park). There we...  read more »
  • This was a great walk and a wonderful photo op. The paths were well maintained and easy road access to get to the site. 
  • Stop and take a walk among the old growth trees, and imagine when all of Vancouver Island looked like this. It's pretty impressive, and right on the highway 
  • 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.
  • Swimming here is the best. A bit colder than the Sproat Lake park but no cedar itch.
  • Beautiful park with massive trees. Short circuit trail to view the tallest trees. Parking can be difficult to find on busy days. Highway runs through the park.