The Trails

The Valley of Trails enjoys some of the best hiking trails on Vancouver Island. These trails will bring you through beautiful rain forest, along meandering creeks and rivers, past breathtaking waterfalls, to lakes big and small, and even along the ocean. There are many secret spots in the Alberni Valley and we’re going to help you find them. At the center of the Valley of Trails is the city of Port Alberni. As the name implies Port Alberni is a seaside town and serves as a gateway not only to the valley’s trails, but also to the trails of the west coast of Vancouver Island. Port Alberni is a great base camp to explore some of Vancouver Island’s most famous trails: Catheral Grove; Mount Arrowsmith; Mount Klitsa; Dela Falls; the Alberni Inlet Trail and even the world famous West Coast Trail.

For your convenience the Valley of Trails website categorizes the trails into three categories: short (for trails suitable for hour long hikes); medium (for trails suitable for half-day hikes); and long (for full day or overnight hikes). Of course you can always choose to spend an hour on a long trail – the choice is yours. We are constantly adding information about these Vancouver Island hikes and adding new trails all the time. So be sure to check back often. Most importantly, get out there in the fresh air and enjoy the Valley of Trails.


UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.