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McLean Mill National Historic Site

5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 8M1, Canada
+1 250-723-1376
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If you wish to see the history of logging and forestry in this area go to Duncan Forestry Museum... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2016
TimberKiller
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Port Alberni, Canada
Logging Demonstration Hair Raising and Incredible

My heart was in my mouth watching the looting demonstration, the volunteers that did it were... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2016
gill h
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Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 8M1, Canada
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

If you wish to see the history of logging and forestry in this area go to Duncan Forestry Museum. It is easy to find, cost is realistic and you will see the same.

Thank TimberKiller
Reviewed 3 October 2016

My heart was in my mouth watching the looting demonstration, the volunteers that did it were absolutely amazing. The logs were huge and they moved them with such skill. The whole museum is excellent, I loved seeing the workings and how they lived. A must...More

1  Thank gill h
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Arrived at the Mill aboard the Alberni Pacific Steam Train along with a group of modern day loggers from Sweden. They wanted to see the 1929 steam donkey in operation. Because they decided to eat first the steam donkey demonstration was later than advertised, however...More

Thank Wetherstone P
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

This place is better than a museum. This is a real working saw mill using early to mid 20th century technology. Couple that to the steam train that takes you on a half hour from downtown Port Alberni to the mill site you have a...More

1  Thank Charles E
Reviewed 11 September 2016

an excellent way to spend a day. The volunteers are a pleasure to talk to, as many have lived the past. The demonstrations are very educational.

Thank rojo-amigo
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

I have been here many times, and it is well worth the effort of finding it. A good reflection on what the old style mills were like. Try to plan a visit when the steam donkey Y&L (yarding and loading) is happening. Best improvement they...More

Thank TrainmanAV
Reviewed 31 August 2016

My family and I took the steam train out to the mill. The train ride was fantastic. My 2.5 year old is still talking about it. The volunteer conductor was engaging and entertaining. At the site, the main tour guide was fantastic, very entertaining and...More

Thank SFJ123
Reviewed 30 August 2016

nice setting in the woods, you can climb into old trucks and all, they've got a site conserved how they used to haul the logs out of the forest, you can check out the cook house, the actual sawmill etc. A fun thing to do...More

Thank Hans L
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

My partner and I stumbled upon this great historical spot while exploring Port Alberni one Sunday. We arrived late in the afternoon with only an hour till closing but were offered to roam free on our own. A friendly gentleman from the admission office gave...More

Thank Amanda K
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Lovely set up here with really interesting things to look at. Staff clearly work hard to entertain. Thanks for a great afternoon!

Thank Raquelle1
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Concessions here are pretty midline ... I didn't find the place excessively expensive for a historic site.
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