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The Valley of Trails
At the heart of Vancouver Island is a valley of unique natural beauty, which is filled with secret spots that will take your breath away. Welcome to the Valley of Trails - better known as the Alberni Valley. The Valley of Trails offers visitors some of the best and highest number of hiking trails on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
The people of Port Alberni come from frontier roots and have been cutting hiking trails through the Alberni Valley for well over a hundred years. In fact, the first European to set foot in the Alberni Valley arrived in the area by hiking a trail that would eventually bear his name. Adam Horne was a Scottish fur trader who was directed, by the Hudson Bay Company, to find a land route across Vancouver Island in 1856. During his search he became aware of a trail leading from Qualicum through the Alberni Valley, that was built by the Nuu-Chah-Nulth people. There can be little doubt that some of the routes in the Valley of Trails have been used by the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations for thousands of years.
The Valley of Trails offers Vancouver Island hikers paths of all shapes, sizes, and difficulties. From a casual walk along the Log Train Trail to a climb up Mount Arrowsmith, and everything in between. There are hikes through beautiful old growth forests, along stunning river canyons, along the ocean, and to the tops of mountains. There are trails for hiking, some for mountain biking, and others perfect for horseback riding or ATVing. You can get immersed for an hour, a day, or enjoy some of the best camping on Vancouver Island. The choice is ultimately yours!
The Valley of Trails is a website designed to introduce you to some of the best hiking trails on Vancouver Island, BC. Explore these pages and you will find a lifetime of recreational opportunities. Keep in mind that Port Alberni is not only famous for hiking, but also offers unparalleled opportunity in nearly every outdoor activity. The shops and restaurants of Port Alberni offer a great place to get supplies or spend some time recovering. The hotels and various other accommodations offer some great options from which to set up base. Whatever interests you, be sure to spend some time getting lost in the Valley of Trails!