The Alberni Valley is home to a host of Heritage Tourism attractions that are sure to impress anyone and everyone. The McLean Mill, the Maritime Museum, Alberni Steam Train & the Alberni Valley Museum are just a few of the impressive places to visit. The Steam Train is the only one of its kind in operation on all of Vancouver Island and is one of five in the entire Province. The AV Museum is considered one of the finest community museums in all of British Columbia. It uses a unique and experimental visible storage system to make almost the entire collection available to the visitor all the time. You can see temporary exhibits about Local and International Art, History, Culture and Science over the course of the year. The Museum also offers many varied and challenging school programs for a wide range of grades. It is a must see while in Port Alberni! The McLean "Steam" Sawmill was operating up to the end of 2016 when it was a feature demonstration at the site. While still in an operational mode the Sawmill is now being used as a Static Display due largely to the high costs of operation. Tours are available during the summer season and because it's no longer operating our guests can actually go to the inner workings of the sawmill. It's quite amazing!
You'll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, and lumber carriers. The McLean is a National Historic Site that provides its visitors with a step back in time. A wonderful place to visit! Port Alberni's Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront adjacent to the city's deep-sea harbour. With its companion Hutcheson Gallery this museum is dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting our fascinating cultural, environmental and industrial maritime history.
These attractions are a must see for all who visit the Alberni Valley. Sense the raw adventure, tales of heroism and moments of mystique, grandeur and romance that tell the story of our intriguing west coast.
Included in some of the pictures below are shots from the No. 7 Challenge an annual 10 km road race vs. the Steam Train pitting athlete against the mighty 1929 Baldwin. Check us out at:http://www.no7challenge.ca
Picture credits on this page go to Russ/Brenda Widdess, and Dan Fredlund. Used with permission and THANKS!