A Walk in McLean Mill Historic Park
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By REBECCA BOLLWITT (aka Miss604)
The bulbs of market lights twinkling above were strung between cedar boughs, and Perry Como played on an outdoor loudspeaker.
“It’s 1953 Day at the Mill today!” said Deanna Beaudoin, executive director of McLean Mill Historic Park as she walked up to me with root beer floats in hand.
Classic cars parked out front, families playing board games on picnic tables and hamburgers served up with a side of fries. This was far different than the type of history I thought I was stepping into when I passed the giant timber sign for McLean Mill in Port Alberni. I was thinking more along the lines of its bunkhouses, blacksmith shop, steam tractors and machinery.
On top of weddings and corporate events, they now host Yoga in the Park, Music in the Park, the old Alberni Pacific Railway steam train you can take directly from town (fare includes admission to the park and programming that day), and there are seasonal events for Halloween, Christmas, and more.
Pop in and do the forest walk and bring your dog! Go on a photo walk around the lumber yard and mill pond. Stay awhile and enjoy the daily specials in the 100-mile Steam Pot Café or book a camping spot and stay even longer on these beautiful tranquil grounds. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find the missing McLean treasure, which is rumoured to be a jar full of coins buried decades ago by one of the family’s children. Enjoy the past, present, and future of McLean Mill with every visit.
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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.