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Mount Klitsa Hike

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Valley’s Outdoor Club seeks new members

The Alberni Valley Outdoor Club has been around for years, but it is now in need of younger blood.

Mount Klitsa Hike
This map shows the entrances to the Scott Kenny Trail.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Scott Kenny Trail could be a beauty

The City made a good start, but the Scott Kenny Trail needs more work.

This map shows the entrances to the Scott Kenny Trail.
A male and female purple finch visit columnist and longtime Christmas bird count volunteer Sandy McRuer’s birdfeeder a few winters ago.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Reflections on the annual bird count

Sandy McRuer presents reflections on the Christmas Bird Count in Port Alberni.

A male and female purple finch visit columnist and longtime Christmas bird count volunteer Sandy McRuer’s birdfeeder a few winters ago.
A waterfall erupts from the ground and goes over a cliff near Elkford Road near Port Alberni

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Caves bountiful on Vancouver Island

Unique limestone formations give Port Alberni and surrounding areas distinction of caving mecca.

A waterfall erupts from the ground and goes over a cliff near Elkford Road near Port Alberni
A little rainfall (or a lot) doesn’t stop these hikers from enjoying the outdoors.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: October was wet, but not the wettest

Columnist Sandy McRuer talks about rain trends on Vancouver Island

A little rainfall (or a lot) doesn’t stop these hikers from enjoying the outdoors.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Alberni lookout deserves respect: McRuer

A Port Alberni hiker believes the lookout, that is often littered with beer cans, cigarette butts and glass, needs to be treated better.

One of two beaver ponds located on the Log Train Trail near Burde Street is lined with Yellow Flag irises once they bloom in June.

Find nature in the middle of town

Port Alberni local, Sandy McRuer, highlights a few of his favourite trails in the Valley.

One of two beaver ponds located on the Log Train Trail near Burde Street is lined with Yellow Flag irises once they bloom in June.
Looking for an alpine paradise (which on the Island means anything above 1200 metres)? Port Alberni is the starting point for many mountain hikes; but please make sure you follow some basic rules for safety.

No better place for alpine paradise

The Alberni Valley is home to many beautiful hikes—but it's important to be careful.

Looking for an alpine paradise (which on the Island means anything above 1200 metres)? Port Alberni is the starting point for many mountain hikes; but please make sure you follow some basic rules for safety.
The Nahmint Valley is less than an hour’s drive from Port Alberni and offers up hikes

Nahmint Valley’s a gem for outdoor rec

The Nahmint Valley, has features catering to most outdoorsy visitors, from casual to hard core and is less than an hour from Port Alberni.

The Nahmint Valley is less than an hour’s drive from Port Alberni and offers up hikes
Weiner Falls is a gem within the Alberni Valley Community Forest

Whither are our waterfalls?

Outdoors writer names his top 5 waterfalls, gives readers another 5 to search for on their own

Weiner Falls is a gem within the Alberni Valley Community Forest
Mount Arrowsmith as viewed from the Ducks Unlimited property in the Somass Estuary on Christmas Day.

Don’t let winter deter your adventure

You might think otherwise, but an outdoor lifestyle need not be compromised in the cold dark days in February.

Mount Arrowsmith as viewed from the Ducks Unlimited property in the Somass Estuary on Christmas Day.
Sandy McRuer gazes over the mountains surounding the Alberni Valley while dreaming of new horizons to explore.

Reflections on the bucket list

So it’s 2016; a new year. So much to do. But there is so little time left, as one realizes as one gets older.

Sandy McRuer gazes over the mountains surounding the Alberni Valley while dreaming of new horizons to explore.
The Valley of Trails website will help locals and tourists alike find adventure.

Chris Fenton creates Valley of Trails

Local realtor launches a website to promote Alberni Valley adventure.

The Valley of Trails website will help locals and tourists alike find adventure.
Columnist Sandy McRuer favours the two ponds on the Log Train Trail as you take the Burde Street entrance

We’re entering winter bird watching season

Contrary to most of Canada east of the Rockies and the northern part of the province, birdwatching in the winter can be quite productive.

Columnist Sandy McRuer favours the two ponds on the Log Train Trail as you take the Burde Street entrance

Find yourself a cache in Alberni

If you are like me, geocaching is a pastime that is kind of off the radar. But it can be a fun and engaging hobby.

A trail has been established on Crown land to access McKenzie Slough near Port Alberni.

Regional trail system a good vision for Alberni Valley

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Writer Sandy McRuer weighs in on vision for Valley-wide hiking and walking trail system.

A trail has been established on Crown land to access McKenzie Slough near Port Alberni.
The Somass Estuary is a popular place for birders and hikers alike. If only people could decide on a name.

What’s in a name?

ESTUARY: | It’s time to remove confusion over Somass Estuary’s proper name.

The Somass Estuary is a popular place for birders and hikers alike. If only people could decide on a name.
Hikers are well equipped to traverse a man-made bridge along Runner’s Trail

Hiking: the social side of the outdoors

Hiking with others is a good way to learn about the community.

Hikers are well equipped to traverse a man-made bridge along Runner’s Trail
Visitors walk through the towering trees at Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park in central Vancouver Island. Outdoor columnist Sandy McRuer discovered a few different ways to find trails in the Alberni Valley and elsewhere on the Island.

Finding trails

Writer offers tips on finding local trails in the Alberni Valley.

Visitors walk through the towering trees at Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park in central Vancouver Island. Outdoor columnist Sandy McRuer discovered a few different ways to find trails in the Alberni Valley and elsewhere on the Island.
The Alberni Valley Community Forest is home to a variety of trails for hikers

Playing in the Community Forest

The Alberni Valley’s community forest is located in two locations adjacent to Sproat Lake, and is available for use.

The Alberni Valley Community Forest is home to a variety of trails for hikers