PORT ALBERNI • VANCOUVER ISLAND • BRITISH COLUMBIA
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The Seven Wonders of the
Why spend a bundle looking for adventure, when a fun and affordable family vacation is right next door? Our seven wonders will thrill you, and thereâ€™s plenty more on top of that. Shift gears and stay a while in the beautiful Alberni Valley!
fic Steam Train The Alberni Paci to McLean Mill
s Barkley The M.V. France
Water Bombers The awe-inspiring Mars
Towering tre t es iin Cathedral Grove
Bears from the Victoria Quay Boardwalk
25km of Log Tr ain i
First Natio ns Wh Canoe Scu aling lpture
The spectacular Alberni Valley offers West Coast living at its best. Residents and visitors appreciate a friendly close community that has successfully combined an industrial, rural and tourist economy within a uniquely scenic Valley. The pages of our guide provide a synopsis.
On the Cover
This year the City of Port Alberni is celebrating its centennial. All around town people are getting into the spirit of things and dressing in period clothing. Out at the McLean Mill National Historic Site period clothing is quite a sight. McLean Mill is a steam-operated sawmill in Beaver Creek, only ﬁve minutes outside of Port Alberni. The mill originally ran as a family operation from 1926 to 1965. The McLean family, Robert, his wife Cora, and their children Arnold, Philip and Walter purchased the land and operated the mill. Eventually it closed after three generations of the family ran the operation in the Alberni Valley. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989, and ofﬁcially opened to tourists in 2000. [front cover photo by Heather Thomson]
Table of Contents
Visitor Information............................................... Pg. 2 Mayor’s Message .................................................. Pg. 3 Introduction.......................................................... Pg. 5 History............................................................ Pg. 6 - 10 Around the Water....................................... Pg. 11 - 15 Festivals & Events ........................................ Pg. 16 - 21 Automotive Services Directory .......................... Pg. 22 Places to Visit........................................Pg. 23, 26 & 27 Alberni Valley Map.....................................Pg. 24 & 25 Dining Guide ............................................... Pg. 28 - 29 Great Outdoors ........................................... Pg. 30 - 35 Sports ........................................................... Pg. 36 - 39 Alberni Valley’s Seven Wonders ................. Pg. 40 - 45 Accommodations........................................Pg. 46 & 47 Calendar of Events 2012 .................................... Pg. 48 Erica Watson Sterling Images Photography pages 1 and 40 Photos on pages 6, 7 and 10 courtesy of Alberni Valley Museum. Jane Morden photos pages 30 & 35. Photos courtesy of Levon Garton on page 14.
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ALBERNI VALLEY Alaska
FROM HERE TO THERE
(in kilometres) (1 km = approximately 0.6 miles)
Queen Charlotte Islands
From Port Alberni to: Ucluelet 96 km Toﬁno 122 km Qualicum 45 km Parksville 50 km Courtenay/Comox 106 km Nanaimo 84 km Victoria 195 km Campbell River 151 km Bamﬁeld 60 km Port Hardy 390 km
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Washington State USA
SERVICES: Vancouver Island Regional Library.......(250) 723-9511 Alberni Valley Heritage Attractions ....(250) 723-2181 Canada Post ..........................................(250) 724-0211 PORT HARDY
There are frequent sailings throughout the day between either Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) and downtown Nanaimo (Central Vancouver Island), or Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and Duke Point (south of Nanaimo). Victoria, on Vancouver Island’s southern tip, is connected by frequent ferry sailings to the Mainland, and there is service as well between Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and between Vancouver Island and points north of Vancouver on the Mainland.
Vehicle reservations ...................... 1-888-223-3779
STRAIT OF GEORGIA
ALBERNI VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
2533 Port Alberni Highway, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 8P2 Ph. (250) 724-6535 Fax (250)
“TAKE THIS GUIDE WITH YOU”
Area population 2011 Statistics Canada census says...
City of Port Alberni:17,743 Cherry Creek: 1,916 Beaver Creek: 2,885 Beauforts: 584 Sproat Lake: 1,701 Toﬁno: 1,876 Ucluelet: 1,627 Bamﬁeld: 155
The residents of the Alberni Valley are hometown proud.
LADYSMITH LAKE COWICHAN DUNCAN
Bear Tracks & Lumberjacks
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On behalf of Council for the City of Port Alberni I welcome you to discover and explore the Alberni Valley. We are the gateway to the Paciﬁc Rim and a community rich with natural resources, stunning views, majestic mountains and diverse recreational opportunities. I invite you to spend some time at one of our many picturesque parks and lakes, browse our local shops or take in a few of our heritage attractions and see why we are so proud of our community and environment. Port Alberni is also known affectionately as the ‘community with a heart’ and it is this warm aand inviting hospitality that keeps people coming back year after year. If yyour timing is right be sure to join us for one of our many wonderful festivals and events such the annual Salmon Festival, Fall Fair, Toy Run and the Thunder in the Valley drag races. These as th events are sure to inspire, educate, thrill and delight visitors of all ages. Port Alberni is an affordable waterfront community that offers a high quality of life and a wide variety of opportunities for business development, arts and culture, recreation and entertainment. Please enjoy your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. n. Sincerely, CITY OF PORT ALBERNI
JOHN DOUGLAS Mayor
Trinity Church (Anglican & Lutheran)
Grace Lutheran Church
4766 Angus St..................(250) 724-4921 4408 Redford St.............. (250) 724-5032
Trinity Church (Anglican & Lutheran)
Lighthouse Apostolic Church
4766 Angus St..................(250) 724-4921
Alberni Valley Gurdawara Society
4890 Locke Rd.................. (250) 723-7382
Arrowsmith Baptist Church
4283 Glenside Rd............. (250) 724-7272
First Baptist Church
6211 Cherry Creek Rd......(250) 723-7441
Notre Dame Parish
4731 Burke Rd. ................ (250) 723-8912
Christian Church: Gericho Road
5100 Tebo Ave. ................ (250) 723-2328
4741 Montrose Ave. .........(250) 723-9112
Pentecostal: Elim Tabernacle
3946 Wallace St. .............. (250) 724-3371
Presbyterian Church of Canada:
2511 9th Ave.................... (250) 724-7275
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
Knox Presbyterian Church
4841 Redford St............... (250) 723-6913
Seventh Day Adventist:
4109 Kendall Ave. ...........(250) 723-6452
4816 Compton Rd............ (250) 723-9377
4144 8th Ave................... (250) 723-4483
Lathom Road Gospel Hall
4574 Lathom Rd. ............ (250) 724-0421
Guru Nanak Sikh Society Khalsa Diwan Society
3558 12th Ave..................(250) 723-2390
(250) 723-7041 United Church of Canada: 5055 Maebelle Rd...... or (250) 723-7047 3747 Church St................. (250) 723-8332
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At the Junction of Hwy. 4 & Port Alberni Hwy.
4850 Regina Ave............... (250) 723-7751
Cedar Grove Reformed Church Gateway Community Church 4109 Kendall Ave. ........... (250) 723-0332 4295 8th Ave.................. (250) 720-8988 Christian Reformed Church 5033 Roger St. ................ (250) 724-1434 Church of the Nazarene:
Southside Community Church
For more information on events & attractions
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he Alberni Valley is a hidden wonder on Vancouver Island. Not only is it gateway to the Clayoquot Sound and en route to the West Coast, it also contains its own gems ready to be discovered by its visitors and residents alike. It is the Valley of opportunities. It won’t take you long to discover just how special this Valley is. You get a hint on the road here as you travel past the beautiful Cameron Lake and through Cathedral Grove. But the best is yet to come. The Alberni Valley is full of beautiful rolling hills and stunning mountains. It is also home to lakes, rivers and creeks that will take your breath away and give you hours of peaceful enjoyment. Whether you enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing or motorized sports, there is a place for you in the Alberni Valley. It is a special place in the Paciﬁc Northwest, one ﬁlled with rainforests, ocean inlets and unbelievable ﬁshing. The Alberni Valley is also continuing to change and rediscover itself. The facilities in town offer people who live in the community and visitors everything they need from shopping opportunities to entertainment. The Valley also offers many chances to discover its heritage, the First Nations traditions and so much more. Now that you’ve been given a taste of what the Alberni Valley offers, dig a little deeper and you’ll fall in love with every corner of this exciting, diversiﬁed community. Ultimate Fishing Town The Alberni Valley has always fought hard to maintain its claim to fame as the Salmon Capital of the World and the Community with a Heart, but now it has something else to brag about. In 2010, Port Alberni was declared the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town. With the support of the community behind them, a committee organized an online voting campaign and beat out communities across the country to the title. Come and see why it is well deserved.
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Sailing the Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet M.V. Frances Barkley
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2012 marks the centennial year of the incorporation of the City of Port Alberni and the local Centennial Committee is making sure the celebrations give accolades to the 100 years of community spirit. Present day Port Alberni was originally two communities and did not become one until amalgamation in 1967. The original community built on the Somass River was called Alberni and a newer settlement, built along the harbour, was called Port Alberni. Port Alberni was incorporated ﬁrst in March of 1912, and Alberni followed in January of 1913. There are several special activities planned over the course of
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the year, but the main event is the Homecoming taking place Aug. 4 to 5. Bob Dailey Stadium will be ﬁlled with the sights and sounds of music, crafts, a car show and much more. It will be an occasion not to miss for everyone who lives or has lived in Port Alberni. Be sure to pick up commemorative memorabilia such as pins, T-shirts and hats. A special “Then and Now” photo book has been produced, documenting the city’s landmarks from the early 1900s to today.
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The main attraction of Port Alberni’s Centennial celebrations will be the homecoming on the August long weekend. Designed to bring together residents of the Valley and those no longer living in town, the ﬁeld at Bob Dailey stadium will be a hub of activity. From music and memories to celebrating what the Valley has to offer, there will be something for everyone. School groups, clubs and organizations, businesses and families will be able to take in lively music, crafts, car and truck shows, picnics, a dance and unforgettable visits with friends old and new. “We will have sections of the ﬁeld blocked off for each school’s neighbourhood, so it will be a place to reconnect with old classmates,” said Ken Rutherford, chair of the Centennial Committee. Each local school will have its own history featured so it will be a trip down memory lane for many. The group has been working tirelessly for months to ensure the monumental occasion is one to remember. There will be two days of music and entertainment starting Saturday at noon and running through the evening. The Caulk Boots and Marlin Spikes will start things off with an old-time loggers performance of songs and poems. All ages are invited to kick off their shoes and dance the night away to the sounds of the Berry Cup Blooze band on Saturday night, as well as Sunday headliners, the Timebenders. There will be music around the clock with many local bands and musicians. ART, JEWELLERY, POTTERY & BOOKS ALSO AVAILABLE. OPEN: TUESDAY to to S SUNDAY UNDAY
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“The Timebenders feature 50 years of music and provide lots of laughs with their 28 costume changes,” said entertainment co-ordinator, Darlene Coulson. Crafters and artisans will have their wares on display and for sale on Saturday only, beginning at noon. Organizers are expecting to see about 40 or more vendors on site. There will be everything from jewelry, pottery, candles, woodwork and many more gift and speciality items. “This is a great way for our crafters to see people, interact and showcase what Port Alberni can do,” said volunteer Gareth Flostrand. Any crafters wishing to take part in this one-time event has until June 30 to book a space and can contact Flostrand at 250-724-5918.
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ALBERNI VALLEY The kids will not want to miss a bike and wagon decorating contest on Saturday afternoon. All supplies will be provided, so bring your bike, wagon or stroller and participate in the parade around the track. On Saturday and Sunday, classic car enthusiasts are encouraged to show off their wheels. The car show will be a locals-only show, featuring cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, old soapbox cars, offroad vehicles and tractors. Organizer Dave Willis hopes to include virtually anything on wheels showcasing every decade. “Port Alberni has always been referred to as ‘Car Town,’ and I would like to prove that by showing what we have stashed away in the Valley, as well as what is owned by our ex-Albernians who will be coming ‘home’ to celebrate our anniversary,” Willis said. Vehicles will take up the parking lot of the Multiplex and Glenwood Centre will be the place to view displays of memorabilia and photos of Port Alberni’s automobile history. There is no entry fee and anyone interested in participating can contact Willis at 250-723-6162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday will wrap up the festivities with a family picnic at McLean Mill. The train will be running to bring everyone to and from the old historic site.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Beard and Bonnet contest, as well as providing promotional passports containing discounts to local businesses for the weekend. Watch for businesses around town participating in 93.3 The Peak’s window display contest. Judging will take place and winners announced over the long weekend. Whether you have lived in Port Alberni your whole life, are new to town or have since moved away, you will not want to miss this celebration of Port Alberni’s 100th birthday. For all the latest information, join the Alberni Centennial Facebook group, “like” the page or e-mail albernicentennial@ gmail.com.
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Make Our Past Your Present Heritage comes alive in Port Alberni. This community is proud to share its past with visitors.
… all aboard the Alberni Paciﬁc Railway’s 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive for a 35-minute leisurely trip through town and forest, over trestles and by farms. Local folks are on Make our past your present at: Alberni Valley Museum, hand to point out the sites on your journey to the historic R.B. Maritime Discovery Centre, Historic Port Alberni Railway Station & McLean lumber camp and sawmill. Steam Train excursion and the McLean Mill National Historic Site. … step back in time at the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Special exhibit, Opening April 2012: The Twin Cities Turn 100 Watch the steam operated sawmill cut logs into lumber just and we are celebrating! like they did in 1926 and meet the men who keep the old mill In 1912 and 1913, the towns of Port Alberni and Alberni running. Characters from the Tin Pants Theatre Troupe bring the incorporated as cities. In recognition of this Centennial our site to life as you explore the original camp buildings and check new exhibit will focus on the establishment of the two cities out the original logging and milling equipment. Once a week by exploring the development of the building blocks of a city you can see an old time logging demo with a steam donkey and such as transportation, commerce, electricity, postal service, heel boom. ﬁre/police and schools and how these developments led to incorporation. Utilizing the museum’s historic photograph and The Alberni Valley Museum artifact collection in recreating key elements in the history of Year round: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 5; Thursday 10 - 8 our city, the display will be interactive and visually stimulating. Maritime Discovery Centre July, August: daily 10 - 5 An exciting feature is our children’s exhibit component that will McLean Mill National Historic Site enable children to experience the exhibit through an engaging Spring season May 14 series of display activities. Summer season July 2 – September 6 With Alberni Heritage you’ll … (call for schedules and details) … Find out why the Alberni Valley Museum has become a Steam Train Excursion July and August favorite stop for so many. Discover the history and culture of this (call for reservations and details) west coast community through unique collections – beautiful Information: 250 723 1376 baskets woven over the past 200 years by First Nations www.alberniheritage.com women; folk art that ranges from whimsical dolls made of found materials, to models that tell a story and ﬁne Ukrainian handwork; and the history of the west coast trail and the trans Paciﬁc telegraph line. … soak in the sites and sounds of a busy west coast port at the Maritime Discovery Centre. You can see a deep sea freighter loading up close. Learn about lighthouses, life saving, tsunamis, and more maritime-related topics through our Heritage • Fishing Gear & Tackle Lookouts, exhibits and special programs. • Fly Tying • Camping … follow the call of the steam whistle to the restored 1912 • Archery Supplies Port Alberni Railway Station. Enjoy the ambiance of a bygone age, check out exhibits on rail history on the Island, or purchase OPEN AT • Outdoor Clothing unique gifts from the shop. Board the train here for your 8 AM DAILY • Bait • Licences • Boots adventure to the McLean steam sawmill.
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ALBERNI VALLEY Brief look back
The city was named for Don Pedro Alberni, an army captain with the Spanish troops garrisoned on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1790. Through the years, Port Alberni has survived on a strong forest industry. It was also home to one of British Columbia’s busiest ports. Settlers ﬁrst arrived in the area in the early 1880s. They cleared the land and started farming.
Once there were two
Port Alberni was once two small towns. Alberni, incorporated in 1913, had the ﬂavour and pace of a farming community. Its industrial neighbour Port Alberni, incorporated in 1912, was situated on the deep-sea port. Rivalry ﬂourished between the two communities and early attempts at amalgamation failed. After a devastating tsunami washed through the area in 1964, a spirit of co-operation was born that eventually helped facilitate amalgamation of the twin cities in 1967. At the time the population was 18,538, making it the ﬁfth largest city in British Columbia. Today the city and region has a population of approximately 25,099.
Walking through history
A walking tour has been set up to introduce visitors and
residents to the rich history of the city. The walk takes about 40 minutes and leads you from the Alberni Harbour Quay to the Rollin Arts Centre and many points in between. There are 25 stops along the way which include everything from old original homes and businesses to Stamp Harbour, the Banﬁeld Lifeboat, the Historic Port Alberni Railway Station and old churches. For more information or to get a copy of the Historical Walking Tour contact the Alberni Valley Museum at 4255 Wallace St. or call 250-723-2181.
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Around the Water
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Puddle Duck Race
A new sight on the waters of the Alberni Valley this year will be a number of Puddle Ducks. The small dinghies are simple, easy to build sailboats that can be constructed by just about anyone. They are a sure way to put the fun into sailing by learning the ropes and experiencing the thrills and challenges of maneuvering a boat. David Whitworth launched the Alberni PD Racer club earlier this year to help get more youth and families out on the waters that surround the beautiful west coast. His ﬁrst puddle duck was built in two weekends for under $300. The inaugural launch will coincide with Port Alberni’s Centennial activities on the August long weekend with the ﬁrst ever Puddle Duck Race and Sail Past. The fun family event will bring new and veteran sailing enthusiasts to the waterfront in a creative, actionpacked sailing celebration. There will be prizes for the best dressed crew, the Alberni Pirate of the Year award and a race for a one-of-akind Centennial Duck trophy. If you would like to try out your creative boat building skills, check out http://pdracer.shawwebspace. ca, email email@example.com or call Whitworth at 250-723-1408.
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ALBERNI VALLEY ALBERNI VALLEY On the water
With no shortage of water in the Valley, it seems only natural that the community has a number of water sport groups. This includes a canoe club, senior, ladies and mixed dragon boaters and the Sproat Lake Watersports Association, to name a few. Every summer, many people enjoy tubing down the Stamp River. Guided and unguided tours are available.
Kayaking and canoeing
Harbour and lake lend themselves beautifully to Port Alberni canoe and kayak excursions. The harbour (Alberni Inlet) has an intriguing mix of industry and wildlife. Eagles soar overhead while tugboats herd logs and the cormorants stand guard. Often you’ll catch sight of a bear or two along the shoreline and the seals play hide and seek with you as you paddle. Gulls accompany the large and small ﬁshing boats that you’re sure to see heading in and out of port. The bird sanctuary up the inlet means a chance to see some special ﬂora and fauna as well. The harbour provides for a fairly sheltered paddling experience, with wind and tide playing a role as well. At Sproat Lake you can paddle out to the petroglyphs and then tour around the coves and inlets admiring the
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pastoralharmony of the lakeside homes. Maybe you’ll have a chance to check out the giant Mars Water Bombers on the lake too. Other canoe and kayak opportunities can be had on Dixon, Great Central and Cameron Lakes. Port Alberni is the gateway for exciting Clayoquot Sound and Broken Group Island sea kayak trips as well.
Hop on board
Travel down the Alberni Inlet aboard the M.V. Frances Barkley. This working cargo/ passenger ship is a great way to see the sights along the Inlet. The vessel runs a daily schedule to remote West Coast communities, carrying supplies, groceries, mail and passengers. Kayakers and canoeists also use this service to access the Broken Group Islands. It is a relaxed way to spend the day, and you never know what might cross your path along the way.
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Around the Water Beneath the surface
B.C. is a scuba diver’s paradise and the Barkley Sound at the base of the Alberni Inlet is about as good as it gets. Not only is there a great diversity of undersea life, a number of sunken ships lie beneath the sea to explore and enjoy. It is often called the Graveyard of the Paciﬁc. Each lost vessel has its own tale to tell.
FISHERMAN’S HARBOUR is a commercial and recreational docking facility at 3140 Harbour Rd., with a sanitation pump. Contact Jayne Braithwaite at 250-723-2533. HARBOUR QUAY MARINA is located right in the harbour and has berths for 110 vessels with power and water available at all. Keyed security entry. Launching is at the municipal boat launch. Showers, washroom and laundry facilities. Call 250-723-1413 for more information. CLUTESI HAVEN MARINA has a four-lane boat launching ramp and overnight moorage. Everything the boating and ﬁshing enthusiast might need is available within walking distance from the marina. Call manager Mike J. Carter at 250-724-6837. CHINA CREEK MARINA and campground is a fullservice facility accessible by boat as well as by road, and features moorage, launching, fuel, cook-out shelters, lots of parking and space for camping. There are also sites for picnicking and group outings. Located on tidal water, 14 kilometers southwest of Port Alberni. Call assistant manager Doug Flegel at 250-723-9812. MUNICIPAL BOAT LAUNCH is a free single-lane boat launch located at the south side of Harbour Quay, off Harbour Road. Day parking for boat and trailer is at the free public parking lot off Kingsway Avenue. This facility is not suitable for larger boats.
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ALBERNI VALLEY win was a result of astounding community support and netted the city $25,000 in cash, which was used for a salmon enhancement project. Already on the map as the Salmon Capital of the World, the win was a boost to the local ﬁshing industry.
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Port Alberni took the 2010 title of Ultimate Fishing Town through a contest organized by the World Fishing Network. The
For anglers, Port Alberni is sport ﬁshing central, providing yearround ﬁshing opportunities in both salt and fresh water. The Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound are home to four species of Paciﬁc salmon, three of which (sockeye, chinook and coho) are prized game ﬁsh. The Barkley Sound chinook and coho ﬁsheries kick off the ﬁshing season in the late spring, and for those adventurous enough to go off-shore,
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there are halibut ranging up to 200 pounds just waiting to be caught. Robertson Creek chinook and coho begin to enter the Upper Alberni Inlet in about mid-August, ramping up just in time for the annual Port Alberni Salmon Festival, which takes place on Labour Day weekend. The area is also home to many lakes, rivers and streams that boast great results for anglers of all age and skill levels.
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Thunder in the Valley
Hundreds of hot rods will take to the tarmac at the Eleventh Annual Thunder In The Valley drag races on Aug. 11 to 12. Track-side, spectators will be able to watch top performing racers in six classes including Super-Pro, Pro, Modiﬁed, Street, Door Slammers and Drag Bikes. The recent addition of a larger spectator parking lot accommodates an additional 300 to 400 vehicles. Catch all the action at the Port Alberni Regional Airport, approximately seven kilometres west of Port Alberni. Don’t forget your ear plugs...it’s loud! The Thunder In The Valley Show and Shine takes place the Friday afternoon before the race at Harbour Quay. For more information, check out www.albernidragracing.com
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LOOK FOR US WEST OF PORT ALBERNI
• Full Service Gas Station • Propane • Souvenirs • Marine Fuel • Hot Food Services • Ice Cream Cones SERVING YOU SINCE 1979 OPEN 6am to Midnight 7 DAYS
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Festivals & Events
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Antique Truck Show The Antique Truck Show at the McLean Mill is a must-see for the vintage truck enthusiast. More than 80 vehicles are expected, scattered amongst the trees and old buildings on the mill site. Restored logging trucks, from the ﬁrst small, hard rubber-tired “Whites” to the off-road monsters built to haul the old growth timber, will be on display. Other restored vehicles from all over Vancouver Island and the Paciﬁc Northwest will be present as well. Also on site, the steam sawmill will be operating. There will be an old-time logging demonstration daily with a Steam Donkey powering a high-lead yarding operation and a heelboom loader. Owners will show off in a truck parade around the site and a toy truck playground for the children. Some radio-controlled models – trucks, excavators, loaders – will be on demonstration during the weekend. Old-time logging artists, Michael Dean and Doug Harrison, will be in attendance, as well as “Comox Logging” historian, Richard Mackie. The Steam Train will be operating all weekend, with departures for the Mill from the Port Alberni Station at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (10 a.m. only on the Monday.)
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For a great time, great ﬁshing and good eating, nothing beats Port Alberni’s Salmon Festival, which takes place every year on Labour Day weekend at Clutesi Haven Marina. Fishers come from all over Vancouver Island and beyond to compete for cash prizes and the coveted largest derby catch award and prize. During Salmon Fest, the entire city celebrates, with ﬁreworks, a massive salmon barbecue, beer gardens, Karaoke contests, rafﬂes and a kid’s bullhead derby. For more information, go to www.salmonfest.ca.
ALBERNI CHARTERS 250-735-6503
Interactive sightseeing tours of the Alberni Inlet. Take in the majestic scenery.
Triangle Music is packed with the latest music gear, including guitars and amps, PA and recording, drums, percussion, keyboards, print music and tons of cool accessories for all instruments.
YOU MAY SEE BEARS, EAGLES, WHALES & MORE!
2960 – 3rd Ave., 778-421-3333 www. trianglemusicstore.com
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Under water camera. Family rates, Group tours.
• Year around • Multi Day Trips Available. AWESOME TOURS OF AN INCREDIBLE NATURE!
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ALBERNI VALLEY Fall Fair
The 2012 Alberni District Fall Fair runs Sept. 6 to 9 at Glenwood Centre in the Echo area. Events at the fair include live entertainment, carnival rides and games, logger sports, yummy food, exhibits and displays, animals and, of course, the parade. For more information and updates regarding the 2012 fair, visit www.albernifair.com.
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BOB DAILEY STADIUM August 4 & 5, 2012 Family Picnic August 6th at McLean Mill Lots of Family Entertainment OPEN: Monday – Saturday 10:30am – 5:00pm PORT ALBERNI 1912 - ALBERNI 1913
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Festivals & Events The Toy Run
The annual parade of motorcycles leaves from Little Qualicum Falls to the Fall Fair grounds takes place Sept. 15 to 16. Riders decorate their hogs with toys for children in need, leaving the Falls at noon. By 1 p.m., events at Glenwood Centre begin, including a kids carnival, adult bike games and a Show and Shine. The celebration continues with a biker dance Saturday evening and ends with a pancake breakfast and poker run on Sunday. For more information, contact vice-chair David Wiwchar at 250-731-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ALBERNI VALLEY Our Town
Kids of all ages will enjoy the events involved in Our Town during the summer months. Celebrating the 27th year, organizers have some special events planned. For more information, contact Echo Centre at 250-723-2181.
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Parks and Recreation 4663 Margaret St. 778.421.HAIR (4247) 2555 Port Alberni Hwy.
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the place to be for all your summer fun!
Festivals & Events Winter Wonderland This is a magical event that sees the Alberni Valley Multiplex transformed into a wonderful Christmas ice palace. It is always a favourite way to get into the Christmas spirit no matter how old you are. Various community groups sponsor public skates. In 2012, Winter Wonderland runs from Dec. 9 to 23 and 26. For more information, or to volunteer with the spectacular set-up, call 250-720-2518.
8am-10 pm 7 days a week
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All Your Towing Needs! • TUNE UPS • BRAKES, STEERING & SUSPENSION ON ON ALL MAKES CARS AND TRUCKS KS • FUEL INJECTION DIAGNOSIS USING LATEST TECHNOLOGY • SUN/SNAP-ON EQUIPMENT 4691 Dundalk St., Port Alberni
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3120 2nd Ave., Port Alberni
4006 Johnston Rd. 250-724-0008 4885 Beaver Creek Rd. 250-723-2831
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• PRAXAIR DEPOT • Dive Tank Fills • Fly Wheel Grinding • Welding Supplies • Automotive, Marine & Industrial Batteries
Phone: (250) 724-6591 • Fax: (250) 724-5799 4906 Bute Street, Port Alberni, B.C.
Art and music enthusiasts will not want to miss the inaugural Alberni Art Rave. The two-day event taking place over the ﬁrst weekend of August will feature a festival-like atmosphere from Third Avenue to Harbour Quay. Entertainment includes a variety of street musicians, buskers and concerts on two different stages. Artists will have their work on display and be looking forward to meeting and talking to festival-goers. An array of food vendors will have tempting cuisine to please the palate. It all takes place August 4 and 5 in Port Alberni’s Rotary Arts District. For more information, check out www.artrave.org.
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Port Alberni is not only a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, but also the home of many artists, from painters and sculptors to actors and singers. The Rollin Art Centre, a 1914 home, located in the City of Port Alberni, is home to a ﬁne arts gallery, a giftshop, classroom, ofﬁce and storage facilities. Their gardens are a showpiece and provide a popular venue for weddings. In the summertime, visitors to the Valley will want to participate in the centre’s Teas on the Terrace. Rollin Art Centre is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at 3061 Eighth Ave. For more information on events, visit their website www.portalberniarts.com or call 250-724-3412. In 2010, the Arrowsmith Rotary Club established a ﬁve-year
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plan to showcase Argyle Street as a Rotary Arts District. It was kicked off in the Spring with the hanging of 35 street banners painted by local residents of all ages. Every year, the Capitol Theatre and Portal Players, a local group of talented thespians, mount entertaining and successful productions. The Capitol Theatre, located on Argyle Street in the heart of town, hosts both local productions and shows from out of town. It’s a great way to spend the evening. For more information, visit www.atthecapitol.org. Port Alberni’s Community Arts Council has available an Artist Studio Guide, a brochure that identiﬁes the location, medium
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ALBERNI VALLEY and hours of operation of local artist’s studios and galleries open to the public. The guide features 21 artists, including painters, jewelry makers and myriad other artisans that reside in the community. More information on this wonderful resource is available from the Chamber of Commerce and Rollin Art Centre. The Alberni Valley Museum presents the cultural heritage of this unique Island community through its collections of artifacts and historic photographs. This local gem, located at Echo Centre on Wallace Street, is considered one of the ﬁnest community museums in British Columbia. A new lounge and dance hall opened last year in the recently renovated heritage building that used to ﬁrst serve the Methodist, then United and ﬁnally the Salvation Army churches. Char’s Landing, located at 4815 Argyle Street, in the center of the Rotary Arts District, is a multipurpose venue, catering to both locals and tourists alike.
The recently constructed Spirit Square is home of the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market. The newly expanded space includes a larger retail area for fresh produce and unique crafts and features a covered walkway to the pier. Shoppers will ﬁnd everything from produce and plants to smoked meats, eggs, emu products, breads, soaps and unique crafts. And with nearby coffee shops available, you can enjoy a hot cup of something after making the rounds. Much of the produce is hand picked the same day as the market and the
eggs laid within the last 24 hours, and they go very quickly, according to market participants. The purpose of this market is to allow local producers to sell their certiﬁed commodities direct to the public. The Farmers’ Market runs year-round from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at Harbour Quay at the foot of Argyle Street.
There are a number of distinct clusters of business venues in Port Alberni. Be sure to access shops and services at the unique Harbour Quay, at the foot of Argyle Street adjacent to our deep sea port; Uptown, accessed by Third Avenue in the south end of town; 10th Avenue Plaza, in central Port Alberni; Southgate Shopping Centre, in lower north Port Alberni; Paciﬁc Rim Shopping Centre, at the north east entrance to town and Adelaide Shopping Centre, in north Port Alberni.
Located in the heart of the Alberni Valley: BARCLAY HOTEL
An exceptional full facility hotel, with many on-site amenities, Stamp’s Café, Pastimes Sports Bar & Grill, Beer Wine & Liquor Mart, Hot tub, Sauna, heated outdoor seasonal pool, ﬁtness centre, conference facilities, premier catering services, & courteous 24 hour staff.
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Places to Visit New piece of public art At ﬁrst glance, a new piece of public art on the front lawn of Port Alberni city hall may look like a rusty pile of metal, but it is worth taking another look. Created by Victoria metal works artist Jake James and Alberni Valley blacksmith Adam Plater, the large sculpture is actually a depiction of the changing times of the Alberni Valley. The art may look old, but it’s brand new. It’s designed to look rustic, using pieces of metal from McLean Mill National Historic Site, the Industrial Heritage Society and from local resident Soup Campbell. James and Plater crafted historical scenes out of the weathered metal pieces, depicting a hiker who has stumbled on a deserted industrial site in the woods, complete with an old logger on a fallen tree with a mouse coming out of his hat. It shows the Alberni Valley’s past meeting up with its future. James is an award-winning British-born and educated artist and journeyman blacksmith. For more than a decade he has been creating functional and fanciful works in metal. James produces architectural, interior and exterior design works, commissioned works for residential and commercial clients and public art that engages and entertains people while creating a lasting community cultural legacy. To learn more about him or his art, go to www.jakejames.ca.
New high school
A new high school is currently being constructed to replace the aging Alberni District Secondary School that has been operating in the Valley on Burde Street since September 1951. Set to open for classes in September 2012, the new school will be seismically sound, environmentally friendly and energy-efﬁcient. The school is being built to LEED Gold environmental standards, complete with ground-source heating and cutting edge technology. Under the Neighbourhood Learning Centre model, where schools and community organizations are brought together under one roof, the building will host a community theatre, a First Nation gathering space and a youth health clinic. It is located on Roger street near the Alberni Valley Multiplex across from Bob Dailey Stadium.
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For the nature enthusiast, Port Alberni offers a wide variety of walking and hiking opportunities with plenty of scenery and beautiful pathways. For more information and detailed maps of all the local trails, pick up a copy of the Alberni Valley Trail Guide at one of the local bookstores. There is also a new map of Valley trails on the City of Port Alberni website at www.portalberni.ca.
The Alberni Inlet Trail ofﬁcially opened in September 2011. The ﬁrst of three phases was unveiled, consisting of a 12 kilometre route that allows hikers to walk along the Alberni Inlet. Most of the trail is on a working forest privately owned by Island Timberlands and offers spectacular views over the Inlet, Mount Arrowsmith and the City of Port Alberni. A little more than 2.5 kilometres in, the trail offers two route options off a logging road – the ﬁrst along Follinsbee Creek, the second by way of the lookout and the old Copper Mountain Trail. The trail is rooted in the history where the Canadian National Paciﬁc Railway was under construction for the region’s transportation network. The trail head begins at the corner of Anderson Avenue and Ship Creek Road. A detailed map can be found at www.acrd.bc.ca.
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The Log Train Trail is a historic trail and is a major feature in the history of the forest industry in the Alberni Valley. It runs for 25 km along the foot of the Beaufort Range and into the city, following the grade of a former logging railroad that operated until 1953. The north end of the trail runs 22 kms while the south section is three kms. The trail is accessible at various points, making it suitable for short nature walks as well.
Rogers Creek Nature Trail Although it is rated as an easy trail, Rogers Creek Trail becomes less well deﬁned further along its length and has several short sections requiring short scrambles. The trail is approximately three kilometers long.
Kitsuksis Dike Walking Path The Kitsuksis Dike is an easy-access paved walkway following both sides of Kitsuksis Creek. With an elevation of only 20 metres, it is rated as an easy walk, coming in at a length of 2.2 km. Kitsuksis Dike also has a picnic area, a water park and playground nearby. In the fall, black bears are often seen foraging for salmon carcasses on the opposite bank of the Somass River.
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ALBERNI VALLEY The Look-out Behind Coombs Country Candy at the entrance to town is a gravel road access to the Look-out, providing a bird’s eye view of Port Alberni. Access is from the junction of Lacy Lake and Export Road. Interwoven are a number of trails popular among hikers and downhill mountain bikers. Continuing beyond the Look-out, the main road leads to Lacy Lake and the trails get steeper. If you cross the highway by the candy shop, you can hike in a few kilometres and see the Hole in the Wall, an amazing sight indeed.
Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery The trails at Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery are also rated easy and leave the hatchery following the bank of the Stamp River. While the upper trail runs southward to Great Central Lake, the lower one runs northwards towards where it meets with Ash River. The trails have minimal to no elevation gain, and can be found at the hatchery, which is approximately an hour from the Visitor’s Information Centre. The upper trail is two kilometres while the lower trail runs a kilometre.
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If you prefer to explore the Alberni Valley with a motorized vehicle there are lots of places to take your motorbike or ATV. The area also offers many escapes for people who love to snowmobile in the winter months. A quick Internet search will reveal a number of outﬁts that offer guiding and adventure tours with ATVs and motorbikes.
Sproat Lake Lookout For the more experienced trail hiker, there’s the Sproat Lake Lookout, which can be accessed 20 minutes outside of Port Alberni. The trail length runs 5.4 kms while the elevation gain is 120 metres. Estimated time to complete the lookout is ﬁve hours. The trail follows the road up past the gate to the T intersection with Branch 31. The view includes the Beauforts, Mount Arrowsmith and Mount Klitsa. High above there are mountainous hikes and climbs to be enjoyed here. Excursions vary from short and easy right through to challenging and technical. Contact the Outdoors Club at 250-724-4535 for information, or pick up a trail guide from the Chamber of Commerce.
High Above There are mountainous hikes and climbs to be enjoyed here. Excursions vary from short and easy right through to challenging and technical. Contact the Outdoors Club at 250724-4535 for information or pick up a trail guide from the Chamber of Commerce. The Alberni Valley is surrounded by various peaks and ranges. To the east is beautiful Mount Arrowsmith, featured on the B.C.’s 25-cent coin minted for the Centennial. Mount Arrowsmith is a gorgeous sight that can be captured from various locations in town, but the mountain, like most neighbouring peaks, also offers its slopes to adventure. To name a few, the Beaufort Mountain Range borders the Valley to the north and farther off to the west can be seen the distinctive,
snowy slopes of Mounts Klitsa and Nahmint. Whether you climb for the exercise, the views and vistas, the terriﬁc natural surroundings or even to pause and reﬂect over some of the historic plane crash sites in the area, you’re sure to be rewarded.
Bike Trails Galore If you like to experience your outdoors in a more radical way or just sweetly from the seat of a bicycle, the Alberni Valley has a lot to offer. Endless variety, stunning scenery and light trafﬁc contribute to making this one great cycling destination. Beginners and young families appreciate some paved paths and gentle, ﬂat rural routes. Farmland, waterways and lush forests border some of these rides, with mountain vistas above. When you like to give your muscles a bit of a hilly workout, there are a number of rural roads to try. Offroaders enjoy a world class gem, the 25-kilometre Log Train Trail. This old railway grade takes you through lush West
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ALBERNI VALLEY C Coast forests, over gushing creeks and into some of the most sstunning views of the Valley. It’s accessible at various points. For some more extreme cycling, challenge yourself with a wild n network of downhill racing routes at the east end of town. The t trails, ramps and jumps are awesome. On top of that there is a n never-ending system of logging roads and trails that will keep you e exploring on your bike for hours on end. Some local trail maps can b found on the Port Alberni Cycling Club website at be w www.pacyclers.com and Alberni Valley Riders at w www.albernivalleyriders.com.
Check out the falls Stamp Falls Provincial Park is vast, encompassing 327 hectares of fforests, rivers and waterfalls. This gorgeous provincial park – about a 25-minute drive from Port Alberni following Beaver Creek Road ooff Highway 4 (River Road) – is ideal for viewing salmon. The park also boasts a two-kilometer hiking trail leading to the SStamp River. Of course, where there are large numbers of salmon there will be bbears. Salmon is fatty and nutrient rich, a perfect snack for hungry bblack bears bulking up for hibernation. Visitors are asked to use ccaution when bear watching, and keep their pets leashed at all ttimes.
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The prehistoric ppetroglyph etchings in tthe rock above Sproat LLake illustrates the aarea’s native culture. TThese remarkable rremnants of the past ccan be seen in Sproat LLake Provincial Park, jjust a short walk along the trail from the beach. The park also has a campground, picnic area and a boat launch.
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diminutive deer are less timid than the larger mule deer of the province’s interior regions. You may see them grazing city boulevards and backyards. Canada’s largest waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan, arrives at the J.V. Cline Sanctuary in November and remains until March, to the delight of avid bird watchers from around the world. But they are not alone. In fact, hundreds of bird species are attracted to this section of the Somass Estuary, which was purchased by Ducks Unlimited as part of its campaign to establish waterfowl reserves along the entire length of the Baja-to-Alaska Paciﬁc Flyway. Alberni Valley maps have several suggested routes marked for this park located on the far side of the Somass River.
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ALBERNI VALLEY The Alberni Valley has just about anything you could be looking for in the world of sports. The self-proclaimed Island sporting capital, S’Port Alberni is home to six sandbased turf ﬁelds that are well maintained throughout the season and home to the Valley’s many soccer, rugby and ﬁeld hockey teams. There are two equestrian show rings and a 64-stall horse barn, and the city’s equestrian community holds events in dressage and show jumping. Glenwood Centre can accommodate almost any sporting event on its 14,000 sq. ft. ﬂoor. This is now home to the Alberni Valley’s newest sport, roller derby. When the city’s second Athletic Hall, built in 1958, burned down on May 14, 2009, the community rallied together to raise funds for the construction of a new hall. The result came 18 months later with the ofﬁcial opening in November 2010. The 16,500 square foot multi-purpose building houses a high-tech scoreboard, indoor archery range, change rooms, as well as a spacious upper lounge and full kitchen. The gym is representative of the Valley’s forest industry, with ﬂoors of maple, walls of cedar and alder, and bleachers made of hemlock, cedar and ﬁr. The Alberni Valley is a hockey town, with two NHL-size
ice sheets. The main side seats 1,850 in the stands and an additional 1,400 on the main ﬂoor. Next door there’s room for 200 in the bleachers and benches. Baseball is also popular, and Port Alberni has a 650-seat lighted softball diamond, as well as a lighted one for baseball. In addition to that, there are more than a dozen softball diamonds, two slow pitch diamonds and four little league diamonds. Port Alberni also has a 600-seat lighted stadium for track and ﬁeld, a shooting range, an all-weather ﬁeld and clubhouse, lots of places to enjoy water sports, and Mt. Arrowsmith offers challenging hikes and winter activities like snowshoeing and skiing.
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Every year the number of wrestlers arriving in Port Alberni to compete in the Alberni Invitational grows. This year, the popular event drew more than 700 wrestlers of all ages to the community for the ﬁrst weekend of February. Through the years the Alberni Valley has produced some remarkable wrestlers as a result of a strong club that goes back more than three decades – among them, 2008 Olympic athlete Travis Cross. As well, Ashley McManus placed fourth at the 2010 Commonwealth Games for Scotland, 5th at the World Senior Championships for Great Britain and 3rd at the World Junior Championships for Canada. McManus is the National Canadian Junior Champion. If you are interested in wrestling check out the website at www.alberniwrestling.ca.
Port Alberni has been home to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs since 2002. Every year this hockey organization brings in promising hockey players to compete at the Junior A level. Not only does this offer some great hockey games for fans to enjoy, it also gives young hockey players mentors in their own community. The players can often be seen participating in community events, supported by their strong booster club. The contracts for both Head Coach, Kevin Willison and Assistant
The youth in the Valley love to play basketball. As a result the local high school, the Alberni District Secondary School, has become well known for its annual Totem Tournament held in January. It is a great chance for players and cheerleaders to strut their stuff with home-court advantage. This year marked the 56th year of the tournament and the ﬁrst year ever that the senior girls teams were invited to play. The Alberni Armada girls made history by taking home the gold. In 2010 the Valley also once again hosted the Junior All Native Basketball Championship in March. Last year it moved to Penticton, but it returned to Port Alberni, hosted by the Homiss Wolves and Hesquiaht First Nation.
Golf The many natural wonders of the Alberni Valley aren’t limited to the woods and the water. Golﬁng enthusiasts from all over the world have commented on the unique golﬁng experience they enjoy when playing the interesting par 70 Alberni Golf Club. This 6,232 yard (blue tees) gem boasts its own wildlife habitat. On any given day a golfer may encounter eagles, bears, deer, raccoons, herons, geese or spawning salmon when they are running. It’s no wonder this
Coach Adam Hayduk, have been extended and they will see the Dogs into the 2012-2013 season. For more information on the team go to www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca. The AV Bulldogs are joined on the ice by a great number of strong amateur hockey teams. This includes a number of levels of minor hockey as well as many recreational adult teams. Whether you are a child strapping on skates for the ﬁrst time or an old pro more suited for the old-timer’s league, there’s a place for you to play. For more information on Alberni Valley Minor Hockey go to www.avmha.com.
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81-year-old facility was selected to host the 2011 B.C. Women’s Amateur/Mid-Amateur Provincial Championship this June 27 to July 1. Join us in the Alberni Valley and watch some of the very best women amateur golfers in Canada at this marquee event. Former Canadian Amateur Champ Jackie Little may be there to participate but for certain she will join her husband and golf pro Pat Little to tend the other little gem of a golﬁng venue in the Alberni Valley, and their knowledge will enhance your visit while you enjoy the natural surroundings. The Hollies is a golfer-friendly, relaxing nine-hole executive par three course ideally suited to the novice or those just looking to enjoy playing their game at a leisurely pace. No tee times are required, come for the golf, the visit, the golf talk or just to relax. And the best part is the green fees. Among the most competitive on Vancouver Island, The Hollies and the Alberni Golf Club offer up great value and a uniquely great golﬁng experience.
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Port Alberni always has a very active lawn bowling club and last year they were honoured to host a national event. The Canadian Senior Men’s and Ladies’ Triples Lawn Bowling Championships attracted 60 players from eight provinces from Sept. 8-14. Residents were able to watch some of the ﬁnest lawn bowlers in the country and guests were treated to local tours and ﬁne West Coast style dining. For more information about the club, call 250-723-2780 or e-mail jvankooten@shaw. ca. These are just a few of the many sporting activities that go on in the Valley every year. Other sports available include archery, weightlifting, badminton, volleyball, baseball, track and ﬁeld, billiards, swimming, bowling, Special Olympics, boxing, softball, curling, soccer, dancing, skating, equine clubs, running, roller derby, fencing, rugby, ﬁeld hockey, motorcross racing, football,
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martial arts, gymnastics, horseshoes and lacrosse. If you are curious about any of these sports pick up a copy of the Port Alberni Parks and Recreation Department’s Healthy Living Guide or go to www.portalberni.ca.
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The Alberni Valley has so many amazing things to check out, but there are seven that you really don’t want to miss. They are the seven wonders of the Alberni Valley.
1) Cathedral Grove
As you head west on the highway to Port Alberni, you will go through one of Canada’s top attractions – Cathedral Grove rainforest, ofﬁcially named MacMillan Provincial Park. Motorists can drive through a stand of old-growth forest – one of the few such places left on the West Coast of North America. The Grove has undergone some changes through the years. Back in the early 1980s, it was featured in the Hollywood prehistoric epic, Quest For Fire. Since then, the park has been under siege from logging operations in adjacent timberlands, and a massive windstorm on New Year’s Eve
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in 1997 thinned out some of the mighty hemlocks. But it still stands tall as it has for thousands of years as a place to explore an old-growth forest and see all that lives under its canopy.
2) Alberni Paciﬁc Railway and McLean Mill National Historic Site
Port Alberni has a unique way to get around town. From the Harbour Quay downtown you can jump on a 1929 Baldwin logging locomotive at the restored Canada Paciﬁc Railway station. The ride will take you to McLean Mill, Canada’s only steam-powered sawmill and a National Historic Site. Since the 1900s loggers and millworkers took the same route through the dense forest to work every shift. Once you are at the historic site, you can experience life as it would have been so many years ago – truly a unique experience. Who knows, you may even witness a train robbery along the way. Immigrants can get FREE services at WelcomeBC settlement service agencies across B.C. A settlement agency can help you with one-on-one support to: ! Learn English ! Find housing ! Enrol your children in school Literacy Alberni Society 5100 Tebo Avenue Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5Y6
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an ofﬁcial tourist destination in the summer, when the aircraft are operating, with a gift shop and tours of the facility. If you’re visiting the Alberni Valley and you hear a deepthroated thunder overhead, take a look up and see history on the wing. The massive planes were built in the 1940s by Glenn L. Martin. They hold 27 tonnes of water and are still active in the ﬁght against forest ﬁres in Canada and abroad.
“Mighty Mars” water bombers was featured this year in the series premier of the Discovery Channel’s “Mighty Planes.” The series is a spin-off of the original, “Mighty Ships.” Between the spring of 2011 and July 2011, the Discovery Channel tagged along with the Coulson crew while they worked both on Sproat Lake, in the Alberni Valley, and in Northern Mexico.
4) Della Falls
The Alberni Valley is proud to be home to the tallest waterfalls in North America. Della Falls, at 440 m (1,450 feet) cascades from Della Lake to the old growth forest at its feet. The Della Falls Trail, near Port Alberni, leads hikers from the head of Great Central Lake to the base of a natural wonder in the region. Much of the 16-kilometre trail follows an old roadbed left behind from logging and mining that took place many decades ago. During the seven-hour hike, tourists and visitors will walk along suspension bridges, through ﬁrst and AT VICTORIA QUAY & SOUTHGATE, PORT ALBERNI
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5) Bears on the boardwalk
Most people never get a chance to see a bear outside of a zoo, but in the Alberni Valley it is a common occurrence. During the late summer and early fall, black bears can be spotted catching salmon from many viewpoints around town. Visitors often get a special treat when a mother bear brings along her cubs and they play on the rocks while mom hunts. From the harbourside boardwalks around town you can get a perfect vantage point and can watch an amazing animal in its natural habitat.
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6) The Log Train Trail
The Log Train Trail was originally part of the Bainbridge Mill rail-logging operation, and by 1925 the railroad extended along the Beaufort Range for about 7.2 kms. When the mill closed in 1927, the railroad was abandoned. In 1937, H.R. MacMillan purchased the Alberni Paciﬁc Lumber Company and John D. Rockefeller’s timer rights in the Ash River Valley. To access the timber, a 25-kilometre logging railroad was built from south of Polly’s Point on Alberni Inlet to the Ash Valley, part of the old Bainbridge Mill grade was utilized. The trestle that was built to cross Rogers Creek was 286 meters in length. This was the mainline for MacMillan’s rail - logging until it was abandoned in 1953, when logging trucks became the preferred method of transport. During its heyday, the railroad saw two shipments of logs per day taken from the Ash Valley to the log dump at Polly’s Point. Today, considerable debris and some uprights are all that can be seen of the large trestle. Old timbers are currently being used as steps up Rogers Creek ravine.
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In 1990 the trail system was ofﬁcially opened. The Log Train Trail is a historic trail and is a major feature in the history of the forest industry in the Alberni Valley. It runs for 25 kms along the foot of the Beaufort Range and into the city, following the grade of a former logging railroad that operated until 1953. The north end of the trail runs 22 kms while the south section is three kilometres. The trail is accessible at various points, making it suitable for short nature walks as well.
7) The Whaler’s Canoe
The Alberni Valley is home to two Nuu-chahnulth First Nations, the Hupacasath and the Tseshaht. They have a strong history in the Valley and are an important part of the community. These two bands shaped the Alberni Valley before the European settlers arrived, and that history is respected and shared in the community. In the Valley, a symbol of their strength and tradition stands at the Victoria Quay. The Nuu-chah-nulth Whalers’ Canoe sculpture was for years an iconic ﬁxture at Victoria’s Royal B.C. Museum. Now it remains in Port Alberni beside the two welcoming ﬁgures at the base of Johnston Road. In addition to these seven attractions, the Alberni Valley is also home to many other hidden gems. While you are visiting make sure to check out Stamp River Falls, travel down the Inlet on the M.V. Frances Barkley or go deep sea diving in one of the many shipwrecks off the coast. If history is your passion, check out the artifacts at the museum or head to Sproat Lake to see the prehistoric petroglyphs. It doesn’t end there, so read on. For more information check out www.albernivalleytourism.com or stop by the Alberni Valley Visitor’s Centre at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy. (1-866-724-9177).
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Port Alberni’s largest full facility hotel. 86 newly renovated rooms, 5 meeting rooms with 250 capacity, 160 capacity for banquets, catering services available. Group, tour & team rates available.
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5065 Roger Street, Port Alberni, BC (250) 724-9916 Toll Free: 1-800-636-9916 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somass Motel & RV
5279 River Rd., Port Alberni, BC (250) 724-3236 Toll Free: 1-800-927-2217 email: email@example.com www.somass-motel.ca
The Hospitality Inn
3835 Redford St., Port Alberni, B.C.
Toll Free: 1-877-723-8111
email: firstname.lastname@example.org web: www.hospitalityinnportalberni.com
$26-$29 $135-$150 (cottages)
Arrowvale Campground & Cottages 5955 Hector Rd., Port Alberni, BC (250) 723-7948
Macktush Creek Campground
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We welcome you to enjoy excellent accommodations, great food & good times. Proudly 100% non-smoking. Featuring air-conditioned rooms, all with mini-fridge & microwave, wireless internet, colour TV’s & in room coffee stations. Pet rooms available. Group, corporate & senior rates available. Liquor, Beer & Wine Store. Located very close to marina. Redford Motel is your one stop destination for all your accommodation, dining and RV needs. With 34 rooms, ranging from kitchenettes to multiple beds per room, daily rates to weekly rates and large group discounts, we are sure you will find the one that suites your needs. Our award winning, onsite restaurant will be sure to meet your culinary needs. There is ample parking, free wireless internet, laundry facility, air conditioned rooms and much more.
Home away from home. Quiet river location; separate bedrooms; kitchenettes; suites; complimentary coffee & tea; remote TVs; coin laundry; barbecue. We have rates that will accommodate you with comfort & care. Wireless internet.
Located on Pacific Rim highway. Air conditioned 1 & 2 bedroom kitchen suites or regular rooms with fridge & microwave. Free internet access, BBQ, laundromat, seasonal outdoor pool, boat parking, fish freezer, 1 block to marina and boat launch.
Port Alberni’s only full service boutique hotel with year round indoor/outdoor saltwater pool. Pub, restaurant & specialty liquor store featuring many BC Wines.
CAMPGROUNDS & COTTAGES
Located on the Alberni Inlet (250) 735-1352
Alberni Inn welcomes you to Port Alberni, the hub of the Pacific Rim. Our air conditioned and well-appointed one and two bedroom kitchen suites, cottages and standard rooms are designed with your spacious comfort in mind. Complimentary services include high-speed wireless Internet, digital cable, local calls, automated wake-up service, ice, in-room coffee and tea and ample parking. We offer recently renovated accommodations in a peaceful, centrally located environment and are walking distance to all amenities. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, make us your home base while visiting the vibrant Alberni Valley. Corporate, group and senior rates are available.
68 acre farm beside Somass River. Tours available. Swimming, fishing, hiking. Pets allowed in campground but not in cottages. Free showers. Coin laundry. Open year round. Rugged camping at it’s best. Beautiful treed sites or the sunny bowl area. No hook-ups but water and sewer is on site. Boat launches are free to campers. Hiking, quading, fishing or just relax and enjoy the beauty.
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Alberni Inn Phone/Fax:
TOUCHLESS CAR WASH & LAUNDROMAT • Key Cutting • Drop-Off Laundry Service • Fax/Photocopy Service Tel:Fax: (250) 723-1330 3908 Redford St., Port Alberni
250.724.9916 For reservations call
• QUALITY • COMFORT • FRIENDLY SERVICE • 1, 2 & 3 BEDROOM SUITES • AIR CONDITIONING • RV SITES • KITCHENETTES
Toll free: 1-800-815-8007 Tel/Fax: (250) 723-9405 Email: email@example.com
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1.800.636.9916 • Air conditioning • Wireless Internet email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.albernivalleyriversidemotel.com
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BED & BREAKFASTS, GUESTHOUSES Cedar Wood Lodge Bed & Breakfast Inn 5895 River Rd. (Pacific Rim Hwy 4) (250) 724-6800 Fax: (250) 724-6887 www.cedarwood.bc.ca email: email@example.com
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Edelweiss Bed & Breakfast
2610-12th Ave., Port Alberni, BC (250) 723-5940 Toll Free: 1-877-723-5940 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.edelweissbb.ca
Blue Pearl Guest Suite
Beautiful Sproat Lake, B.C.
15 minutes West of Port Alberni On the way to Tofino, Uclulet www.westcoastgetaway.ca
$65 $90 Off season $105 Seasonal $125 Based on double occupancy $20 per person extra Sleeps up to 6
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Char’s Landing Guest House Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V9 (250) 730-1636 www.charslanding.com email: email@example.com
By the Quay
2959 Kingsway Ave, Port Alberni, BC 250-724-5156 www.bythequay.ca Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stirling Shores Vacation Rental 9094 Stirling Arm Drive Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7L7 Ph: 250-724-2092 Email: email@example.com
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The Roses Bed & Breakfast
5570 Kitsuksis St., Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8V8 250-723-3507 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Cash or traveller’s cheques
Enjoy 2.5 acres of heritage gardens, 8 well-appointed guestrooms, private en-suite bathrooms with shower/massage tubs. Queen beds with goosedown duvets, fireplaces, a games room & 2 libraries. Wireless & high-speed Internet. Bistro garden view dining room, extended continental buffet included. Conference & reception facilities are available for groups up to 25. Deluxe air conditioning, 30” HD flat screen tv’s.
Spacious air-conditioned suites with private baths. Free wireless internet.
Lake view private suite with king bed in captains quarters, queen bed in first-mates quarters; galley; full bathroom; eating area-card playing-meeting room; common room with fold-out double couch; wireless internet; private deck; b-b-q; outdoor firepit-picnic area; salmon charter-sight seeing packages available.
Rest and relax in this pet & smoke free character home located near the hub of visitor attractions. Easy walk to the Alberni Harbour Quay, Lady Rose, Maritime Museum, and the APR Train Station. Free WiFi
Make yourself at home in this unique 100 year old former church. Deep in the town’s Arts District. Across the street from the Theatres and within 5 blocks of the Art Gallery, Grocery Store, Shopping, Restaurants, Lady Rose dock, Steam Train station, Farmer’s Market and Harbour Quay overlooking the canal. Guests enjoy a private room with full en-suite bath while sharing the kitchen, laundry, dining and living rooms with their fellow adventurers. Coffee shop/cocktail lounge and dance/music hall upstairs. Free WiFi.
We are situated on beautiful Sproat Lake, a 10 min. drive from Port Alberni. Either the guest room/private bathroom in main house OR self contained unit if available. Full breakfast. Gas BBQ. Enjoy trout fishing or boogie-boarding. Open year round. Children and pets welcome. BC Ministry of Tourism approved accommodations. We have 22 yrs experience. Large rooms; singles and queen beds with shared or private bath. Enhoy our hot tub/sunroom; breakfast menu; complimentary refreshments; wireless and guest PC; free long distance calling in N America and most European countries. Easy walk to restaurants along waterway exercise path; free pick up and drop off at bus and “Lady Rose” docks; free long term off street parking;home comfort; Come and enjoy what we have to offer. “There is a Difference”
Offering ff g a wide varietyy of hemp products • Clothing • Unique Gifts • Food Items • Body Products • Smoking • Rope & Twine Accessories
3473 3rd Ave., Port Alberni
The Alberni Valley Visitor’s Guide
Calendar of Events 2012
July 14-15 - 10th Annual Antique Tractor & August 25 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, www.alberniheritage.com May 6 - Island Cup Series, DH Mountain Bike Engine Show, www.alberniheritage.com August 25-26 - Macktush Creek July 17 Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 Race, Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or www.albernivalleyriders.com May 13- Mother’s Day Wine Steam Train Ride, Chase and Warren Estate www.chaseandwarren.ca May 27 - Island Cup Series, XC Mountain Bike Race, Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or www.albernivalleyriders.com
p.m. Williamson Park Theme: Fiesta Fun July 18 - “Arts” Wine Steam Train & Extra Special Run (1 pm only), www.alberniheritage.com July 21 - Teddy Bear Picnic, www.alberniheritage.com July 31 - Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Gyro/Recreation Park Theme: Jungle Fever
Campground Pig Roast and Die Hard Fish Derby, Sylvia 250-735-1352
Aug. 31- Sept. 3 - Labour Day Weekend -
Port Alberni Salmon Festival, www.pasalmonfest.com Sept. 1-3 - Antique Truck Show, www.alberniheritage.com June 2012 Sept. 6-9 - Alberni District Fall Fair, August 2012 June 3 - Sproat Lake Cycling Marathon, www.albernifair.com Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or August 3 - Summer Night (Centennial) www.albernivalleyriders.com Waterfront Run (evening), Sept. 8 & 16 - Fall Steam Special, www.alberniheritage.com June 3-9 - 27th Annual Senior’s Week - Call www.alberniheritage.com Echo Center 250-723-2181 for info. August 4, 5, 6 - Homecoming weekend for Sept. 15-16 - Port Alberni Toy Run, http://members.shaw.ca/toyrun/ Centennial June 5 - ‘New Vintage’ Wine Steam Train Ride, Chase and Warren Estate, August 6 - Old Fashioned Picnic 10am only, Sept. 25 - End of Summer Wine Steam Train, www.chaseandwarren.ca www.alberniheritage.com www.alberniheritage.com June 9 - Renew the Vows August 7 - Starlight Movie Night, Bob Dailey Sept. 29 - Italian Wine Steam Train, www.alberniheritage.com June 15-16 - Canadian Cancer Society Relay Stadium at dusk For Life, www.cancer.ca August 8 - Extra Special Summer Run 10am October 2012 only, www.albernihertitage.com June 16 - Father’s Day Wine Steam Train October 14 - Cyclocross Race, Alberni Valley Ride, Chase and Warren Estate August 10 - Thunder in the Valley Riders, 250-724-6556 or www.chaseandwarren.ca Waterfront Run (evening), www.albernivalleyriders.com www.alberniheritage.com June 17 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery Father’s Day Special August 11 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, October 19-20 - Oktoberfest, http://www.island.net/~europa/ or 250-723-6935 www.alberniheritage.com June 23 - Summer Steam Special, October 20 - Fall Wine Steam Train, www.alberniheritage.com August 11-12 - Thunder in the Valley, www.alberniheritage.com www.albernidragracing.com
July 1 - Canada Day Parade and Celebration: “Celebrate Our History” - Parade at 10:00 am followed by entertainment and food at Glenwood at 10:45 am, ﬂag raising at 11:30 and cake cutting at noon - http://groups.yahoo. com/group/PAFolkFest/ or 250-724-7293 July 3 - Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Blair Park Theme: Family Petting Farm July 6-7 - Alberni Valley Charity Golf Classic, www.albernigolf.com July 7 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, www.alberniheritage.com
August 6-10 and 13-17 - B.C. Sailing Mobile Optimist Sailing School Program August 14 - Our Town (family event)
6:30-8:30 p.m. Harbour Quay Theme: Centennial Celebration August 18 - Starlight Express (evening), www.alberniheritage.com August 19 - Log Train Trail Marathon, www.arrowsmithradicalrunners.com
November 23 - Spirit of Christmas Train (evening), www.alberniheritage.com November 23-25 - Christmas Village & Festival of Christmas Lights, McLean Mill
Nov 30-Dec. 2 Christmas Village & Festival of Christmas Lights, McLean Mill
August 22 - Summer Wine Steam Train 1pm December 1-2 - Santa Train, www.alberniheritage.com only, www.alberniheritage.com
The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce (www.avcoc.com) continually updates a complete list of local activities & events, including speciﬁc dates. Another site we’d like to suggest if you’re seeking entertainment is (alberniheritage.com) and for live theatre, (www.atthecapitol.org).
ONE STOP SHOPPING
Locally owned and operated by J&K Oliver Enterprises Inc.
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3737 - 10th Avenue, Port Alberni www.fairwaymarkets.com
VANCOUVER ISLAND OWNED & OPERATED!
Coulson Flying Tankers
Visit the World Renowned Waterbombers!
Stop by the interpretive centre to be amazed by the history and size of these impressive machines.
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9350 Bo Bomber Base Rd., West of Port Alberni www.martinmars.com JOIN US ON A HISTORICALL JOURNEY THROUGH 65 YEARS OF OPERATION.
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Available at 4890 ., Cherry Creek Rd Coulson West ri Entrance Mon-F 9am- 2pm
J the adventure as you enter into the world of Join Martin the Marvellous Water Bomber. Meet his ddelightful and funny friends on the ﬁre base and learn about his fascinating history both during World War Two and in his current job as the world’s largest water scooping airplane.