Set between forested hills and the Alberni Inlet, the Alberni Valley has an abundance of hiking trails that offer an outdoor experience for everyone in the family.
Alberni Inlet Trail
Divided into two phases, this moderate-level hike boasts stunning views. Elements of Port Alberni’s mining days can be found along the route. Phase 1, approximately 10km, begins at Ship Creek Road. Phase 2, approximately 14km, begins at Franklin River Road. Please check Island Timberlands website for access.
The Log Train Trail
This mostly flat 25km trail stretches along the foot of the Beaufort Range. It passes through two mill sites and boasts stunning mountain views. Accessible from many points in the Alberni Valley, this trail is suitable for family outings by horse, bike or foot.
SHORT AND SWEET
The Kitsuksis Trail is a 3km paved loop following the dyke along both sides of the Kitsuksis Creek. The paved path crosses through two parks which include washrooms, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
|Photo by Michelle Peach Amatuer Photographer Contest 2018|
Stamp River Provincial Park, located 14km outside of Port Alberni, is home to a 2km trail network along the Stamp River. This is an excellent location to see the salmon run from early June through October.
|Photo by Ashley Perry Amateur Photographer Contest 2018|
Hole in the Wall is a manmade hole in a cliff face next to Roger Creek. A small decline down an old logging road takes you to this spectacular rock face and water pool.
The Anglers Trail is a magnificent trail that winds along the most productive salmon river on Vancouver Island. It combines a wild river, groves of huge old Douglas Fir, tall second-growth forest, and salmon in the river. Really, this is an iconic, West Coast gem of a trail, all 8km of it! The only downside is that it isn’t a loop trail. So if you plan on hiking it, use two vehicles. Park one at the far end and drive back in the other vehicle to the first trailhead. At the end of the day you’ll have to do that again in reverse. Go in September or October when the biggest species of salmon, the Chinook, is running.
Fossli Provincial Park, located on the Stirling Arm of Sproat Lake, is a short hike featuring a suspension bridge, waterfalls, old-growth forest and homestead site.