The Valley of Trails offers some spectacular options for anybody looking to spend a full day or more hiking the wilds of Vancouver Island. While the Alberni Valley has less than a handful of true multiday hikes, an intrepid explorer should easily be able to invent some multiday routes. There is no question that the Valley of Trails offers some of the best camping on Vancouver Island. Just be sure to camp using wilderness ethics and common sense – make sure your camping spot looks the same they day after you leave, as it did before you arrived.
Each trail in this section is assigned a level of difficulty: easy, moderate, or hard. Easy trails offer limited elevation gain and good surfaces. Moderate trails entail moderate elevation gain and some scrambling. Hard trails are generally steep and may require work locating the trail.
The Valley of Trails is located in some of Vancouver Island’s most active logging territory. As a result hiking trails and logging roads change constantly due to logging, road building and deactivations. It is your responsibility to hike with care – picking safe routes and watching your step. Many of the roads leading to trailheads in the Alberni Valley are gravel. If you are renting a car, be sure you are allowed to take it on a gravel road without invalidating your insurance coverage. While most logging roads are open to the public at all times, logging companies have the right to shut down public use of the roads for public safety during harvesting, construction, and extreme fire hazard. Always drive with you head lights on, yield to logging traffic, and obey all signs.
Finally, some of the best trails in the Alberni Valley travel over private land (owned by logging companies or private citizens). It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate permission to use the hiking trails. Always use basic wilderness ethic when hiking on Vancouver Island: stay on the trail; use campfire sparingly and ensure they are extinguished; bury all human waste; and do not disturb local flora, fauna, or artifacts.
This section provides information some of the best medium hikes on Vancouver Island BC. We are constantly adding information about these Vancouver Island hikes and adding new trails all the time. So be sure to check back often. As always – happy hiking!