Cameron Lake

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I don’t usually get to see much of Cameron Lake as Highway 4 (the Alberni Highway,) is twisty, narrow, and not a great place to pull off to explore. Actually, pulling off is easy when heading toward Port Alberni, but really a bad idea when heading towards Parksville, and either way, getting back on the highway is difficult.

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The shores along the lake and the highway itself offer spectacular views of Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Cokely – the home of a long closed ski hill.

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Across the lake you can see a spectacular wooden train trestle – the line is part of the 37 mile long Port Alberni Subdivision of the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SVI).

Previously know as the E&N (Esquimalt and Nanaimo) the railroad was owned by CP and later Rail America owned a portion of the right of ways.  The Island Corridor Foundation has acquired both the CP Rail, and Rail America-owned portions of the line. As of July 1, 2006, Southern Railway of Vancouver Island, a holding company of SRY, was appointed as the new operator of the rail line.

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