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MacMillan Provincial Park
MacMillan Provincial Park is located on Vancouver Island 31 km (19 miles) west of Parksville and 17 km (10.5 miles) east of Port Alberni.

Travelling Here
To get here from Hwy 19, take Hwy 4 (Memorial Avenue) from Qualicum Beach or Hwy 4A from Parksville through Errington and Coombs to the junction with Hwy 4 (Alberni Highway). Coming from Port Alberni, take Johnston Road (Alberni Highway) and travel up the hill towards Parksville and Qualicum Beach. MacMillan Provincial Park is situated next to Cameron Lake near the summit.

Hwy 4A
MacMillan Provincial Park is divided in half with Hwy 4A cutting through the middle of the park. On the north side, there is a trail that borders Cameron Lake, taking around 30 minutes to complete. On the south side of Hwy 4A is Cathedral Grove, a mixed forest that contains various Douglas-fir trees, some of which are greater than 800 years old. Although a severe wind storm on New Year's Day in 1997 did change the park and trails forever, there is still lots to see and experience.

Limited Facilitates
For facilities, the park is very limited but it does have some pit-toilets and a sign kiosk located on Hwy 4. Be very careful of traffic when crossing Hwy 4 from the parking area if you would like to experience both sides of the park.

Animal Encounters
During the year, there is a possibility that you could encounter a bear, cougar, or wolf when visiting MacMillan Provincial Park. This can be especially true during fish spawning times. Also remember pets are required to be on leash and well behaved, and owners must clean up after them.

High Winds
MacMillan Provincial Park can at times experience severe winds due to storms that batter this part of Vancouver Island. If you are in the park when it is windy you must leave immediately because of the danger of falling trees.

Cameron Lake
For outdoor recreation, nearby Cameron Lake provides the best swimming opportunity while you are visiting MacMillan Provincial Park. The best spots are located in the Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park day-use area and the Beaufort day-use area on Hwy 4. Swimming and other watersports are at your own risk with no lifeguards present in the BC Park system.

Provincial Campgrounds
RV camping and tenting are not permitted at MacMillan Provincial Park, but there are a number of provincial parks close by where camping is available, including Little Qualicum Falls, Rathtrevor Beach, and Englishman River Falls.

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MacMillan Provincial Park
MacMillan Provincial Park

 

Cathedral Grove
Cathedral Grove

 

Cathedral Grove
Cathedral Grove

 

Due to High Winds
Due to High Winds

 

Cameron Lake
Cameron Lake

 
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