Just a few short years ago the Hole-in-the-Wall was a well-kept secret that even many locals in the Valley of Trails didn’t know existed. Today it is one of the wonders of Vancouver Island attracting visitors from all over the world! The Hole-in-the-Wall is a massive man-made hole through a shale cliff along the banks of Rogers Creek, which was once a shortcut for the city’s water line.  The remnants of the historic yellow cedar pipeline are still visible near the site.  The hole is now a picturesque waterfall.

The hole-in-the-wall trail is a short hike down a sloping logging road, making it more about the destination that the journey.  Having said that, when you arrive at the Hole-in-the-Wall you’ll be surrounded by beautiful second growth forest.  When visiting the Hole-in-the-Wall be sure to walk a little ways downstream and you’ll come to an areas where the banks of the creek are covered in inuksuk (man-made stone statues) of all shapes and sizes.  You might even consider adding to the collection! There are also connecting trails in the area that will bring you to Sherwood Falls and the Rogers Creek Nature Trail network.

25 minute round trip
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
34 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49°15'.916, -124°44.756
GPS Map: 


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.