Guided hike to 5,000 year old First Nations village
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By REBECCA BOLLWITT (aka Miss604)
Port Alberni, B.C. – Instead of counting highway lines – because there were none – I looked out the window as narrow rows of timber whisked by like larger-than-life barcodes. The forest services road from Port Alberni to Bamfield follows the ocean inlet from the Pacific flowing in from the west, which many people often forget since Port Alberni is so close to the east coast of Vancouver Island.
As our truck whipped up a cloud of dust that followed us along the way, I craned my neck to take in the panoramic view of endless rolling hills, with patchwork stands of trees providing evidence of the area’s logging industry.
Just past the sign indicating an outlet of the legendary West Coast Trail and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, we stopped by Pachena Bay to pick up Stella Peters, who would be our guide for the afternoon.
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Rebecca Bollwitt is a Seekers' correspondent and award-winning blogger based in Vancouver. Follow her travels on Instagram and Twitter @Miss604.