ALBERNI PACIFIC STEAM TRAIN, PORT ALBERNI, BC

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ALBERNI PACIFIC STEAM TRAIN, PORT ALBERNI, BC

Welcome to the Alberni Pacific “Steam” Railway

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Alberni Steam Train

Come Ride the Rails on the Alberni Pacific Railway.

Over the past 20 years the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society has restored a number of pieces of railway rolling stock that operated in the Alberni Valley. These include the 2-Spot, a 1912 Shay logging locomotive, the 1928 Westminster Iron Works “Buda” a gas powered switching engine and the 1929 Baldwin 2-8-2T, the “No.7” which pulls the train to the McLean Mill.

This train departs from the station in Port Alberni (check map below).  You can board the train pulled by our completely restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive at the 1912 CPR Station and ride out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. The track winds through the City of Port Alberni and then the surrounding forests for 35 minutes each way.

The McLean “Steam” Sawmill is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale. The resident Tin Pants Troupe make history come alive as they entertain with stories of days gone by, and guided tours of the site.  You’ll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, and lumber carriers.

Children of all ages will get a sense of the life that people led in this camp on the edge of the world. They’ll hear the stories, interact with characters from the past, and take on the ever popular “Children’s Stamp Tour”.

After your adventure you can have a bite to eat at the Steam Pot Cafe and visit the Mill Store (gift shop) before getting back on board the train, into your car, or onto your bicycle to head back home.

Don’t forget to ask our gift shop staff about our Children’s Stamp Tour.

Please click HERE for their website for up-to-date schedules and information.  The train generally runs during the summer months, but the sawmill is open year-round.


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McLean Mill National Historic Site
(GPS: N 49.18.543 / W 124.49.663)
5633 Smith Road
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 8M1

Alberni Pacific Railway, Train Station
3100 Kingsway
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 3B1

Alberni Valley Museum
4255 Wallace Street
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 3Y6

Maritime Discovery Centre
2750 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 7X2

 

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