Holberg – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
The tiny village of Holberg sits at the most westerly end of Holberg Inlet. Access to this community is via a 50 km (31 mi) gravel logging road leading west from Port Hardy. In its early days Holberg existed as a floating camp, at one time the world’s largest, for forestry workers in the area. Logging operations are completely land-based here today.
- Gateway to top hiking trails
- Ronning Garden
- World’s Tallest Monkey Tree
- Shoe Tree
Gateway to Cape Scott Trail and the North Coast Trail
Holberg is the last stop for backpackers set to tackle the Cape Scott Trail and the North Coast Trail. These trails attract visitors from all over the world for their stunning views and untouched wilderness experiences. Find out more about North Vancouver Island Hiking.
A notable attraction near town is one of the region’s most famous: Ronning’s Garden. Carved out of the rainforest in 1910 by original owner Bernt Ronning, this vast exotic garden was grown from fascinating plants brought by the original owner from around the world. Today a small group of volunteers tends to the five-acre property which includes a collection of bamboos, rhododendrons, Japanese maples and a number of monkey puzzle trees, old and new, including the tallest recorded in North America.
Also, be sure to stop and see the Shoe Tree outside Holberg, at the eastern end of Kains Lake. This old cedar snag is covered with hundreds of shoes contributed by hikers returning from the west coast.Shoe Tree