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Cathedral Grove, Vancouver Island
(4.7/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited a day after heavy rains and the paths were very wet and impassable without rubber boots. You can still enjoy parts of the circular paths on either side of the highway but you couldn't get t...  more »
  • Great site with trees! Superbly beautiful and simple at the time, not flafla that trees. However not much parking and hard to get out because the road is very busy. But it's worth the detour.
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  • Very beautiful old growth forest. Be careful of pedestrians as you have to park right on the highway and people cross the highway. 
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  • A "must see" place. It's like traveling back in time. Made me very grateful seeing those trees. It always remembers me how short we are on this planet.
  • To say this is a "must stop" location is an understatement. Plenty of parking along the stop, both sides of the highway have parking and walking tours, where the trees and moss, leaves and sky all seem to give a glimpse at long age period era In Earths history. Take your time as you stroll along the paths, stop and read the signs along the way, letting you learn about the natural forest lifecycle and other events that could take place in a dense forest. There's a stream, plenty of shade, and beautiful things to look at everywhere.
  • Anyone passing through this area MUST stop to see the great cedar trees that are ageing close to 900 years old. The largest tree here spans over 3.5 meters in diameter, so bring a few friends. There's about 20 minutes worth of walking trails amongst the greenery on either side of the highway, which can be difficult to cross at times. Use caution and you'll be fine.
  • Ancient forest with beautiful under growth. ..looks like something from a spooky novel. Amazing views paths a will kept and charming wooden bridges and paths.
  • Beautiful area that is a tourism must. Parking needs to be improved as it currently can be dangerous managing to get into parking spots in dense highway traffic.