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McLean Mill Historic Park

5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 8M1, Canada
+1 250-723-1376
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The tour was organized and informative

We were part of a group of around 40 people so had scheduled the full tour with a meal. I was very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Vancouver, Canada
By train, by bike or by vehicle

Historic Mill site can be accessed by train in the summer - very unique. We went by car. Free for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gord B
Parksville, Canada
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Welcome to McLean Mill Historic Park - We are currently open for self guided tours of the 32 acre property. Nature trails, a stream, salmon enhancement, old time logging equipment and static national historic site. Fri-Sunday 10-3pm Our gift shop is open, with pop -up coffee shop.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“steam train” (27 reviews)
“historic site” (6 reviews)
“guided tour” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 00:00 - 23:59
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5633 Smith Rd, Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 8M1, Canada
+1 250-723-1376
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We were part of a group of around 40 people so had scheduled the full tour with a meal. I was very surprised at the level of efficiency at the Mill. The tour guides were young staff but very informed with the history of the...More

Thank bserkca
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Historic Mill site can be accessed by train in the summer - very unique. We went by car. Free for locals but worth it for visitors. Features all the olden days log processing equipment. On site restaurant- check for openings..

Thank Gord B
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This self guided interpretive tour of the sawmill and historic old town is very interesting. Make sure to watch the demonstration of the Steam Donkey and early logging practises.More

Thank RicaR222
Deanna B, Manager at McLean Mill Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank - you for your review, we have just recently gotten access to this account as new management and will be using feedback to help craft the visitor experience going forward. Really appreciate the feedback. I also appreciate your rating as we are shifting into...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

We enjoyed visiting this historical site on 8th August 2017 and thought the cost was reasonable. It was a shame the mill was being restored and a musical festival was being set up on our visit so it was quite busy with workmen (not like...More

Thank Neill G
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I brought family from out of town to the mill. We expected to go on a steam train to the mill but instead it was a diesel locomotive. We got to the mill and the only thing that you could do is walk around, nothing...More

Thank Garrter
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I last visited this museum in 2003 or 2004. Though we were disappointed that we missed the lumberjack show and the mill was down for maintenance we thought there would be more to see.

Thank Jon N
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

Costs 10.00 for admission and takes maybe an hour to tour. The forest itself is breathtaking but the rest is kinda lacking in my opinion. Was kinda cool to tour the sawmill portion. I wonder what they use the 10.00 per person fee towards??? Stopped...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 1 September 2017

A wonderfully preserved old sawmill that still functions. Take the train from the old CPR station in Port Alberni. A wonderful scenic journey

Thank bowdll
Reviewed 30 August 2017

A total waste of our money. It was our first trip to McLean Mill and we took a guest from Scotland. We were totally embarrassed to have paid for this attraction. It was Wednesday and the restaurant was not open, there were no artists in...More

Thank cjeats2016
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Lucked out with 'wellness wednesday' and an unexpected, impromptu free hour of yoga, which was incongruous at a sawmill... The mill itself was very quiet - the train wasn't running (fire risk), the cook hadn't turned up to open the cafe and our family of...More

Thank ClaraTim
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Stef D
22 July 2017|
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Stef D
22 July 2017|
Response from 828jefferyw | Reviewed this property |
Concessions here are pretty midline ... I didn't find the place excessively expensive for a historic site.