About Us

The Valley of Trails website was created and donated by a team of dedicated volunteers.  The team consist of avid hikers, photographers, and community supporters. Collectively the team have spent their lives exploring the Alberni Valley and have a passion for sharing the experience.



Valley of Trails



Our Team of Volunteers

The Fenton Team  

The Fenton Team of Royal LePage on Vancouver Island are the only corporate sponsor for the Valley of Trails project. The Fenton Team donated the financial resources and volunteered numerous hours towards the project. Every member of the team is passionate about the Alberni Valley and sharing the beauty of their home with the world. 

Websites: www.TheFentonTeam.ca 

Chris Fenton

Chris Fenton of The Fenton Team with Royal LePage, came up with the idea for the Valley of Trails. He is also the main website developer and researcher.  Chris is an avid outdoorsman having completed many well-known British Columbian adventures: hiking the West Coast Trail; hiking the North Coast Trail; hiking Mount Klitsa; hiking Mount Arrowsmith; paddling the Broken Group; and paddling the Bowron Lakes.  The Valley of Trails is a place where his passion for the outdoors and his skills as a professional marketer collide.

Websites: Vancouver Island Real Estate | Port Alberni Real Estate | Ucluelet & Tofino Real Estate | Sproat Lake Real Estate | Great Central Lake Real Estate

Sandy McRuer

Sandy McRuer is an avid outdoorsman and guide. Sandy is passionate advocate of the outdoors in the Alberni Valley, well known among the various local groups contributing in their own ways to building, maintaining and enhancing its outdoor opportunities. Sandy contributed countless hours of field work to the Valley of Trails project. He also donated scores of photos of the various trails. Without Sandy‚Äôs expertise, contribution, and dedication the Valley of Trails project would not have been possible. 

Gittan Klemetsrud

Gittan Klemetsrud of Sacred Earth Photography is one of the professional photographers who donated some of her pieces to the Valley of Trails Website. Gittan is a person who loves photography and likes to share it with the world in the way she sees things.

Website: SacredEarthPhotography

Ron Mani

Ron Mani is one of the professional photographers who donated some of his pieces to the Valley of Trails Website. Ron specializes in wildlife and landscape photography on Vancouver Island. 

Website: Rmani Photography

Norman Silverstone

Norman Silverstone of Silverstone Photos is one of the professional photographers who donated some of his pieces to the Valley of Trails Website. Norman loves photography: the creativity of it, the feel of the camera, the gentle pressure on the shutter release, and the voyeurism of the viewfinder.

Website: SilverstonePhotos

Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson is a well-known local journalist, writer and editor. Heather graciously volunteered her time and expertise to write information about the Alberni Valley for the Valley of Trails website.