Wet a line while marvelling at marine wildlife, ancient trees and a desert playground
Massive ancient trees and big salmon and trout
With its 800-year-old Douglas firs, some standing nearly 75 metres tall, this stand of old-growth forest in Vancouver Island’s MacMillan Provincial Park has been compared to a place of worship—and fittingly known as Cathedral Grove. Also home to giant western red cedar, western hemlock and balsam fir, the park sits on the western shore of Cameron Lake, where you can find big brown and cutthroat trout, as well as kokanee salmon. Courtney Ogilvie of nearby Nile Creek Fly Shop says most anglers fish near the drop-off where the Cameron River comes in, and along the highway wall. If lake fishing isn’t your thing, the Grove is just 16 kilometres east of Port Alberni, which bills itself as the Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.