McLean Mill Historic Park

Welcome to the McLean Mill National Historic Site & Park!

The McLean Mill National Historic Site is a former sawmill and logging operation located in the Alberni Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s westcoast. McLean Mill was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1989 to commemorate its collection of extant resources related to logging, sawmilling, transportation and labour, and, its close association to significant aspects of the forest industry.

It’s that time of the year when you grab the family, bring a picnic and a blanket and make it a day at the Mill! As of July 1st 🇨🇦 we are open 10am – 4pm daily!

Picnic tables are set up all over the site and lawn/board games are available at the Mill Store (reserve online here >>>) as well as some colouring fun for the kids. The Fairy Forest is still undergoing development if you wanted to drop of your creations – here’s your chance!

Feel like a guided tour to learn more about the history – we will be offering those on a regular basis Thursday through Sunday (or a long weekend’s Monday) at 11am and 1.30pm. We ask you to please register online in advance here >>> .

The site is open for self-guided tours at all times, maps are available at the Mill Store (Admin Building) and some of the heritage houses are set up so that you can have a peek how life used to be around the McLean Mill. Entry is free, donations are appreciated.

The Gift Shop is open 10am – 4pm with some specials and a mix of classy, funky and nifty things – come say HI and take your pick. The Steam Pot Café is not quite ready, sorry, anticipated opening July 11th. Unfortunately, the train is NOT running this summer.

Covid-19 measures are in place, please keep your distance and respect others keeping theirs (2m/6ft), number of visitors (especially in courtyard) will be monitored, tour group size will be limited to 15 people (first come first serve) and games will be sanitized after each use.

Summer Operations (July 1 – Sept 15, 2020)

McLean Mill National Historic Site & Park is operating under enhanced Covid-19 measures. Open for self-guided tours with maps available outside the Mill Store (Administration Office) and also offering guided tours in limited group sizes Thursday – Sunday (and long weekend Mondays).

Gift Shop
Open daily from 10am to 4pm. You can also order items from the gift shop online and arrange for pick-up at on site during opening hours.

Steam Pot Café:
Not quite ready yet (apologies), will be open daily with regular hours (hours and menu to be confirmed)

Mill Store (Administration Office):
10:00am – 4:00pm on weekdays and weekends; campsite check-in/check-out, board/lawn games, historic tours meeting point.

Open; [un]serviced RV sites as well as rustic, walk-in tent sites – online booking available here >>>

Guided Tours:
Limited group sizes, Thursday – Sunday (and long weekend Mondays) at 11am and 1.30pm. Please register online in advance here >>> .

Unfortunately, the train won’t be running this summer.

Dog-walkers, hikers, horseback riders and cyclists using the park and/or accessing surrounding area trails may do so at their own risk. Please be “bear aware” and keep your dog(s) on leash at all times. Also, please pick up after your pets (including horses; bags and tools provided at the Administration Office).

Sasquatch takes McLean Mill - Calling all Fairy Whisperers - Things to do at McLean Mill.We welcome you to take a walk through the Historic Village and to observe the Heritage Houses, Steam Equipment and Sawmill in a self-guided tour anytime. Entrance is free, donations are appreciated. Maps are available at the Mill Store (Administration Building). Parking lot gate opens at 9am and closes at 5pm.

Please be courteous to others and keep your distance and respect others doing so –so that everybody can enjoy #safespaces and a walk in nature during these difficult times.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns: