Alberni Valley Heritage Network

Welcome to the McLean Steam Sawmill

Listen to the "Ballad of McLean Mill" (2mb)
View video clip of Mclean Sawmill (3mb)
View virtual map of the Mill


The McLean "Steam" Sawmill is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale. The resident Tin Pants Theatre Company make history come alive as they entertain with their daily stage show at the Nikkei Theatre and their historical characters around the site. 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. They'll hear the stories, interact with characters from the past, and even get to meet some puppet characters as well.

After your 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 your car, or onto your bicycle to head back home.

Don't forget to ask our gift shop staff about our Children's Stamp Tour.

last updated May 16, 2012



McLean Mill National Historic Site
5633 Smith Road
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8M1
Phone: (250) 723-1376


Aerial view of McLean Mill:

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