The McLean Mill National Historic Site is a former sawmill and logging operation located in the Alberni Valley of Vancouver Island, British Columbia’s west coast. McLean Mill is owned by the City of Port Alberni and is operated by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. During its peak season, McLean Mill offers a variety of activities including Guided and Self Guided Tours, Beautiful Rustic Campsites, E-Bike Rentals, a Grand Hall for event rentals for up to 120 guests, a Gift Shop and much more.
The McLean Mill National Historic Site is located on 12.8 hectares and contains 35 buildings and structures. They form a self-contained community of residences, offices and service buildings centred around the steam-driven sawmill and mill pond. The R.B. McLean Lumber Company was a family-run business that operated from 1926 to 1965. Although small in scale, its logging, milling, and marketing operations were similar to larger mills in the province. Much of its original machinery and buildings have survived, making it a rare example of a sawmill complex from the first half of the 20th century. For these reasons, the McLean Mill was designated as a national historic site in 1989.
Our uniquely forested site brings a rustic west coast feel with a historic touch to your special day. The area that we feature for our wedding packages includes a beautiful Grand Hall that has a capacity of +/- 100 guests. Outside the hall is a lovely courtyard with a 3-tiered forested deck that is ideal for dancing & celebrating, enjoying meals, or simply relaxing. You and your guests will discover British Columbia’s forest legacy with an authentic and unique snapshot of the past, including rustic heritage buildings and a beautiful west coast forest setting.
McLean Mill provides access to a variety of trails – including the Log Train Trail. Bring your furry friends (please keep them on leash on the site) and please pick up after your pets. We have doggie bags available at the Mill Store (Admin Building) if needed.
The McLean Mill National Historic Site was acquired by the City of Port Alberni in 1988 through donations from the McLean family and MacMillan Bloedel (now Weyerhaeuser).
With the assistance of funding from Parks Canada and Forest Renewal B.C., the sawmill was restored to a fully working condition, the mill pond and the dam have been reconstructed and some of the residences and service buildings have been preserved. Even before the acquisition of the site by the city, the Western Vancouver Industrial Heritage Society initiated a number of projects to restore the historic McLean machinery. The Society continues to play a key role in the operation of the site such as logging shows or steam equipment demonstrations.
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