Category   Mount Arrowsmith Park, Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, BC
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Mount Arrowsmith is the most prominent visual focal point for most of the south central portion of Vancouver Island. It is situated along Highway 4 between Qualicum Beach/Parksville and Port Alberni.

The native people from the Alberni area call this mountain Kuth-Kah-Chulth, which means "that which has sharp pointed faces". In the mid 1800s the English named it Arrowsmith after two cartographers, Aaron Arrowsmith and his nephew John Arrowsmith.

The Mount Arrowsmith area offers good hiking and rock climbing, with superb views of Vancouver Island. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice-climbing. There are no facilities in the 1,300-hectare park.

The trailhead for the Arrowsmith Trail is at the Cameron Lake picnic site. The trail ascends the lower slopes of the mountain to the site of the old ski resort, and winds up to the 1,829-metre (6,000-foot) summit of Mt. Arrowsmith. The hike is strenuous, and do not set off without a trail map. Arrowsmith Trail is the oldest intact trail on Vancouver Island. Other trails include the Rousseau Trail, and the Lower Ski Area Trail.

Evidence of a forest fire that roared through here 300 years ago is still visible on the thick bark of the tallest Douglas fir, and windstorms during the winter of 1997 toppled hundreds of trees.

A ski hill was operated on the adjacent Mount Cokely in the past, with several commercial ventures offering downhill skiing without success. The ski hill is not in operation now, and the road is not maintained.

The Mount Arrowsmith Regional Park is located approximately 12 miles (20 km) from Highway 4 along a gravel logging road. Access to the mountain is located near the summit of Highway 4, nine kilometers east of Port Alberni.

Nearby Regions & Towns
Port Alberni
Pacific Rim Highway 4
Qualicum Beach
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  Beach Acres Resort, Parksville Listing Details 
Bring your friends and family together to enjoy our seaside charm and tranquil forest setting. Stroll our vast sandy beach in search of treasures, enjoy our ocean and mountain views, or just stretch out and listen to the hush of the wind. Just the two of you? The perfect “kid-free” get-a-way awaits in a cozy little cottage……right on the beach.
  Beach Club Resort, Parksville Listing Details 
The Beach Club Resort features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, with exceptional views and beautifully appointed décor. All guest rooms offer private balconies, many with ocean and mountain views, and thoughtful amenities throughout. Guests can choose from studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites, and one and two-bedroom penthouse suites. The Oceanic Ballroom is the perfect setting for weddings, banquets and conferences.
  Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, Parksville Listing Details 
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on Morningstar Farm produce a variety of world-class, award-winning cheese. Made from high quality milk from our own herd of dairy cows, we have an artisan cheese to suit any occasion, meal or light snack. Come and visit us at the farm - take a self-guided tour, sample the different cheeses, and explore the fruit wines made on location from our own MooBerry Winery. Open daily 9-5.
  MooBerry Winery, Parksville Listing Details 
MooBerry Winery is located on Morningstar Farm where we produce a wide variety of high-quality fruit wines. Winemaker Phil Charlebois invites you to come by for tastings and a self-guided tour. Located on a working dairy farm together with Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, there’s lots to do, see and taste! Open daily from 9am to 5pm.
  Morningstar Farm, Parksville Listing Details 
Morningstar Farm is a heritage dairy farm located between Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Central Vancouver Island. Home to Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery, there is something to see, do and taste for everyone. Visit us and see how they make that yummy cheese, pet the farm animals, shop in our FarmGate store, try some cheese and wine samples, take a self-guided tour and stay for a picnic! Open daily 9am - 5pm.
  Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville Listing Details 
The Quality Resort Bayside is located in beautiful seaside Parksville. Walk along the beach, swim in our pool, enjoy fabulous food in our oceanview restaurant and watch the sunset against the mountains. Combined with our complimentary breakfast, ample facilities, and affordable rates, you simply can't ask for a better accommodation in Parksville. We also provide the perfect setting for intimate getaways, conferences or weddings.
  Thyme Away Bed & Breakfast, Coombs Listing Details 
Experience warm hospitality and delicious breakfasts at this peaceful countryside retreat. Beautiful rooms, air conditioning, private baths and comfortable beds. We also offer a charming cottage, and swimming pool. Located minutes from the local beaches, this is an ideal base for exploring the Island. Coombs is a tourist destination 10 minutes from Parksville, and 2 hours from Tofino or Victoria.
This park is a Regional Park, Municipal Park, or proposed park, and does not fall under the jurisdiction of Parks Canada (National Parks) or the BC Ministry of Environment (BC Parks).
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