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Although it is an iconic trail with all the things that people who live on Vancouver Island and those who visit it want to experience, it is still a work in the making. This stage starts by climbing steadily up the lower slopes of Mount Hankin, locally known as Copper Mountain.Stage 1 begins just south of Port Alberni off the end of Anderson Avenue. Part of it follows an old trail built by miners in the early days of the town’s history.For those of you who aren’t, you are missing a wonderful trail.
The next section is intersected by logging roads and you need to watch the signage carefully.
There are several good viewpoints including looks at Mount Arrowsmith, the city looking north across the valley to the Beaufort Range and of the Inlet itself.
Have you ever wanted to look back on local newspapers of the past?
Volunteers at the Alberni District Historical Society Archives have been working hard over the past few years to make that a reality and are bringing the old microfilm to the digital world.
Along this 10 km stage there are several side trails that follow creeks down to small beaches with views of the inlet where you can watch the fishermen in the summer and perhaps see one of the ships coming to pick up logs from the port, or leaving with a load of them. A bridge needs to be built across the Franklin River.