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Exploring the Natural Wonder of Cathedral Grove
on Vancouver Island

Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Park near Parksville BC
Nestled on breathtaking Vancouver Island, Beach Acres Resort invites you to embark on an unforgettable journey to Cathedral Grove. A visit to this enchanting old-growth forest is a must for nature enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility. Immerse yourself in the towering giants of the forest, breathe in the crisp forest air, and feel the magic of this captivating destination. Let us guide you through the wonders of Cathedral Grove and inspire your next outdoor adventure.


Discover the Majestic Cathedral Grove

Step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty as you wander through the ancient trees of Cathedral Grove. This magnificent old-growth forest, part of MacMillan Provincial Park, is home to towering Douglas firs and colossal cedars, some of which are over 800 years old. Stroll along the well-maintained trails and embrace the peaceful atmosphere as you marvel at the sheer grandeur of these majestic trees. Be sure to keep an eye out for the unique flora and fauna that call this forest their home.

Immerse Yourself in Nature's Splendor

Cathedral Grove offers more than just magnificent trees. Explore the intricate network of trails that wind through the forest, revealing hidden treasures at every turn. The lush undergrowth, vibrant mosses, and delicate ferns create a picturesque backdrop that complements the towering trees. Capture the beauty of nature with your camera or simply take a moment to soak in the peaceful serenity of this ancient forest.


The History of Cathedral Grove

Delve into the rich history of Cathedral Grove, a place of cultural and ecological significance. This ancient forest has been protected for over a century, preserving its remarkable biodiversity and allowing visitors to witness the beauty of an ecosystem untouched by time. Learn about the indigenous heritage and the deep connection between the local First Nations and this sacred land. Explore the interpretive signs along the trails to gain a deeper understanding of the historical and ecological importance of Cathedral Grove.

Trails for Every Adventurer - Hiking at Cathedral Grove

Whether you're an avid hiker or prefer a leisurely stroll, Cathedral Grove has trails to suit every level of adventurer. The main trail, aptly named "Forest Cathedral Trail," is an easy loop that takes you through the heart of the grove. Admire the towering trees above and soak in the sense of tranquility as you wander along the well-marked path. For those seeking a longer adventure, the "West Forest Trail" offers a more challenging hike with rewarding views of the surrounding landscape.

To download a map of the park, click here.

How to Get to Cathedral Grove & Where To Park

Getting to Cathedral Grove is a breeze from Beach Acres Resort. Hop in your car and enjoy a scenic drive through the picturesque landscapes of Vancouver Island. Located in MacMillan Provincial Park, Cathedral Grove is easily accessible from Highway 4. Follow the signs and be prepared for a breathtaking journey into the heart of the ancient forest. Free parking is available near the entrance, allowing you to conveniently explore the wonders of Cathedral Grove.

During the summer months (June-September) and on weekends, Cathedral Grove experiences high visitor traffic, especially during the midday hours. To make the most of your visit and ensure you’re able to grab a parking spot, we recommend planning your trip either in the early morning (before 10am) or in the late afternoon (after 4pm), when the crowds are typically smaller. This will allow you to enjoy the tranquillity of Cathedral Grove and fully immerse yourself without the hustle and bustle.

Facilities at Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove provides a range of facilities to enhance your visit. Enjoy a picnic in the designated picnic areas, surrounded by the peaceful ambiance of the forest. Take advantage of the well-maintained washrooms, ensuring comfort during your exploration. Accessible pathways allow everyone to experience the beauty of this remarkable forest, including those with mobility challenges. Take your time, immerse yourself in nature, and make use of the facilities provided to enhance your Cathedral Grove experience.

To learn more about the facilities at Cathedral Grove, visit the BC Parks website here.

Convenience of Beach Acres Resort

With Beach Acres Resort as your home base, exploring Cathedral Grove is a breeze. Located just 30 minutes away, our cozy cabins provide a comfortable retreat after a day of exploration. Unwind in the serenity of our resort, surrounded by nature's beauty, and indulge in our exceptional resort facilities. Enjoy the perfect harmony of relaxation and adventure.

Plan Your Journey to Cathedral Grove

Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in the natural wonder of Cathedral Grove. Whether you're a seasoned nature enthusiast or simply seeking a peaceful getaway, this iconic destination will leave you in awe. Make Beach Acres Resort your home away from home and experience the magic of Cathedral Grove and its breathtaking surroundings. Book your stay with us today and let the wonders of Vancouver Island unfold before you.

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