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.


McLean Mill is the perfect place for a stroll any time of year.  Whether it’s to take in the history or to go for scenic walk with your family or fury baby, you won’t be disappointed. The surroundings are breathtaking. Grab the family, bring a picnic and make it a day at the Mill! 

Picnic tables are set up all over the site and the Fairy Forest is still undergoing development if you wanted to drop of your creations – here’s your chance!

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 at how life used to be around the McLean Mill. Entry is free, donations are appreciated.

The Gift Shop is open 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sundays for the fall/winter season. Come say HI and take your pick from a large selection of candy that will take you back to your youth. Or find the perfect gift. The store has a great mix of items, including our famous Plaid Shirts!

Unfortunately, the train is NOT running this year.

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.


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. Call ahead at 250-723-1376 or email to register your tour. Please allow at least 24 hours to arrange your tour. 

Gift Shop:
Open Saturday and Sundays during the Fall/Winter season 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.

Mill Canteena:
The Canteena will be closed for the season as per Monday, September 14, 2020.

Mill Store (Administration Office):
Your place for campsite check-in/check-out, and historic tours meeting point.

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

Guided Tours:
Limited group sizes. Please send an email to if you would like to book a guided tour.

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

Kicking off summer at McLean Mill National Historic Park!
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:

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).