Carriere Trail

The Carriere Trail is a well maintained path that connects Central Alberni to South Alberni through the Dry Creek ravine. The trail follows Dry Creek on the north bank for most of its length, before descending to a dramatic high-level crossing of the creek, and making its way up the south bank. Most of this beautiful trail is built among the stunning Vancouver Island coniferous and deciduous second growth forest. There are views of the Alberni Valley along the way. Keep an eye out for the various off shoots of this trail, which connect to different neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for a more extended hike, there are many opportunities to connect the Carrier Trail with some of the valley most iconic hiking trails.

35-45 min one-way
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
60 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
Carriere Rd 49°14.415'N, 124°46.209'W | Argyle Way 49°14.184'N, 124°47.291'W
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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.