AV Log Train Trail, Port Alberni

I finally rode some of the 26 km Log Train Trail, perhaps the most popular out of Port Alberni, B.C.

Tourist information gave me a map. One of the trailheads is nearby off Mozart road.

The trail’s history dates back to the early 1900s when it was originally constructed as a railway line to service the Bainbridge Mill, which operated from 1917 to 1927. …

Some of the timbers were close to 90 feet long and four feet square, requiring three rail cars for transport. …

When the mill closed the railway was abandoned, only to be re-opened and extended in 1937 when timber rights to the Ash River area, further out the Alberni valley, were purchased by logging giant H.R. MacMillan. …

The railroad was abandoned a final time in 1953 when logging trucks became the preferred mode of transporting the area’s bountiful timber harvests.

… Walkers and hikers, cyclists, equestrians, joggers and mountain bike enthusiasts all make good use of the trail.

Vancouver Island Beyond Victoria

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Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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