Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Port Alberni and the surrounding area's First Nations, maritime, forestry and railway legacies are appropriately commemorated by the Alberni Valley Heritage Network.
This umbrella organization markets and promotes a group of four first-rate historical attractions.
McLean Mill National Historic Site
Visit the McLean Mill Historic Site, Canada's only steam-operated sawmill by car, bike, or passenger train (see Alberni Pacific Railway below). Founded in 1926 by New Brunswick native Robert McLean and operated by his sons for four decades, this sawmill and lumber camp has been meticulously preserved on a forested tract of land in Beaver Creek west of town.
Tin Pants Theatre Company, a group of young actors, lead tours that bring the mill's history to life with songs, tales, and good humour.
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Port Alberni, British Columbia
The Alberni Pacific Railway, located in downtown Port Alberni, is one of Vancouver Island's premiere attractions. From the fully-restored 1912 CPR Train Station, guests will board the train pulled by a 1929 Baldwin steam locomotive. The track winds through the City of Port Alberni, past the Chase & Warren Estate Winery, and through the surrounding forest for approximately 10 kms, before arriving at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, the only commercially operating steam sawmill in Canada. The trip takes 35 minutes so you'll have the opportunity to sit back & enjoy the scenery as you're serenaded by the sound of steam whistles & the clatter of steel wheels on steel rails.