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MacMillan Provincial Park
Vacation Travel Guide

MacMillan Provincial Park which includes forest scenes as well as an individual male
Mighty, ancient trees cover this Vancouver Island park, which offers walking trails, open-water swimming and the chance to spot wildlife.

Explore MacMillan Provincial Park, a beautiful woodland landscape that stretches across 743 acres (301 hectares) of Victoria Island. The walking trails here lead past some of the oldest trees in the region to reach the shores of a glistening lake.

The woods in the park were part of First Nations territory many centuries ago. The area became a provincial park when the wealthy forester H.R. MacMillan donated land to the public in 1944. Survey the ancient trees that grow here to get a better sense of the history of the place.

The park is most famous for Cathedral Grove, a woodland dominated by towering Douglas firs. Some of the trees in the grove are more than 800 years old and stretch for 250 feet (75 meters) into the air. Walk beneath their formidable branches, looking up into the dense canopy above. The biggest tree in the park has a circumference of over 30 feet (9 meters).

Look for red cedars that have had their bark stripped on one side. These trees have been used for ceremonial purposes by the First Nations people who were the protectors of this forest for generations.

Find the stump of a felled tree and count the rings to determine its age. Wander the routes that wind through the park, keeping alert for wildlife that lives on the island. Elk, black bears and owls are just a few of the animals that inhabit this woodland terrain.

Follow the trails on the northern side of the park to reach the shores of Cameron Lake. Go for a swim in the clear waters or fish for trout in this serene setting. Bring lunch to the park to enjoy a meal at one of the picnic spots. Relax beneath the shade of the giant trees as you eat.

MacMillan Provincial Park is a 50-minute drive from Nanaimo and just over 2 hours from Victoria. Leave your car in the parking lot and wander the park on foot, making sure to stay on the set routes.

Mighty, ancient trees cover this Vancouver Island park, which offers walking trails, open-water swimming and the chance to spot wildlife.

Explore MacMillan Provincial Park, a beautiful woodland landscape that stretches across 743 acres (301 hectares) of Victoria Island. The walking trails here lead past some of the oldest trees in the region to reach the shores of a glistening lake.

The woods in the park were part of First Nations territory many centuries ago. The area became a provincial park when the wealthy forester H.R. MacMillan donated land to the public in 1944. Survey the ancient trees that grow here to get a better sense of the history of the place.

The park is most famous for Cathedral Grove, a woodland dominated by towering Douglas firs. Some of the trees in the grove are more than 800 years old and stretch for 250 feet (75 meters) into the air. Walk beneath their formidable branches, looking up into the dense canopy above. The biggest tree in the park has a circumference of over 30 feet (9 meters).

Look for red cedars that have had their bark stripped on one side. These trees have been used for ceremonial purposes by the First Nations people who were the protectors of this forest for generations.

Find the stump of a felled tree and count the rings to determine its age. Wander the routes that wind through the park, keeping alert for wildlife that lives on the island. Elk, black bears and owls are just a few of the animals that inhabit this woodland terrain.

Follow the trails on the northern side of the park to reach the shores of Cameron Lake. Go for a swim in the clear waters or fish for trout in this serene setting. Bring lunch to the park to enjoy a meal at one of the picnic spots. Relax beneath the shade of the giant trees as you eat.

MacMillan Provincial Park is a 50-minute drive from Nanaimo and just over 2 hours from Victoria. Leave your car in the parking lot and wander the park on foot, making sure to stay on the set routes.

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Top Hotels Close to MacMillan Provincial Park

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3.5 out of 5
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Sunset Motel
Sunset Motel
2 out of 5
3611 McIntyre Drive, Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥7,073 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
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Timberlodge RV & Campground
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2 out of 5
2404 Timberlane Road, Port Alberni, BC
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3.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥9,636 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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3.5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥13,792 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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Redford Motel
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