McLean Mill – National Historic Site
The McLean “Steam” Sawmill is the only steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale. The “Tin Pants Theatre” troupe will entertain you with stage shows at the Nikkei Theatre and show you around the site as if you were just starting work at the mill. You’ll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders and lumber carriers. Children of all ages will get a sense of the life that people led in this camp on the edge of the world. After the adventure you can have a bite to eat at the Steam Pot Cafe and visit the Mill Store gift shop before getting back on board the train into town. Don’t forget to ask our gift shop staff about our Children’s Stamp Tour. Also, ask about our Passport to Heritage – visit all four Heritage Attractions and collect the Alberni Valley Heritage Network lapel pins.
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