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Journey to Kiixin, the ancient traditional village site of the Huu-ay-aht people. Explore the west coast of Vancouver Island’s pristine rainforest and spectacular beaches as you share in the Huu-ay-aht’s knowledge, history, and culture. WALK. LEARN. EXPERIENCE.

Inhabited by Huu-ay-aht ancestors for over 5,000 years, Kiixin is the only known remaining complete traditional First Nations village on the southern BC Coast and is commemorated as a National Historic Site.

2018 Tours starting May 19th through October

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Designated the Ultimate Fishing Town by the World Fishing Network, the Alberni Valley is widely recognized as the salmon capital of the world and a thriving fishing community. There are opportunities for fresh and saltwater fishing right on our doorstep and just down the road, both as a solo endeavor or a toured experience. The Port Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound provide saltwater anglers with immense opportunity to catch various types of salmon, halibut, cod, crab or prawns throughout the year. For boat access to the Alberni Inlet, the Clutesi Haven Marina, situated on the tidal fresh waters of the Somass River, has a four-lane launch ramp, large parking area and fish-cleaning stations. Port Alberni’s Stamp River has the most consistent salmon and steelhead fishery in British Columbia. On average, close to 30,000 coho and chinook return to the Stamp River each year. Tourists visit yearly to get a glimpse of the salmon spawning up Stamp River. The best time for steelhead fishing is between November and March. Guided fishing tours and charters are available in the Alberni Valley and are a great way to ensure the best fishing possible by experienced and proficient guides. Sproat and Great Central are two spawning lakes in the Alberni Valley that provide anglers with fishing all year round. Fishing in these freshwater lakes is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations and both provide easily accessible boat launches. The Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery is the most successful coho and chinook salmon enhancement facility on Vancouver Island. The hatchery, just a short drive west of Port Alberni, is open to the public year round for self-guided tours and provides engaging signs with information on the hatchery’s activities.

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Experience endless options for fun on the water in the Alberni Valley. Enjoy swimming, tubing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, flyboarding and stand-up paddle boarding or explore our shores in your boat, canoe or kayak. Whether it’s on the ocean or on a lake, there is a lifetime of discovery. Located just 15 minutes west of Port Alberni, Sproat Lake is a great place for aquatic adventure seekers. With more than 25 km in length and more than 300 km of shoreline there is plenty of public access areas to lay out your towel in the sun, have a picnic, throw a Frisbee or take a dip into the refreshing water at the provincial park day-use area. A short walk from the main day-use area will lead you to the east end of the park where visitors can view prehistoric petroglyphs, named K’ak’awin, that are considered some of the finest panels in British Columbia. There is little known about the petroglyphs but rumour has it the ancient rock carvings illustrate a sea creature. Explore the many arms of the lake and take in the beautiful sights of the lake by boat, canoe or kayak. The lake is generally calm during the summer months but some areas can become windy so use precaution when navigating the lake. Head down to the China Creek Campground for windsurfing lessons, or try out the latest watersport craze, stand up paddleboarding at Canal Beach just south of town. Canal Beach also a great place to launch a kayak to explore the canal. For longer kayak excursions to Barkley Sound and the West Coast check out Lady rose Marine Services who provide transportation and kayak rentals for experienced kayakers. For the less adventurous Canal Beach also provides a nice beach access, park and picnic area close to town.

» F o r M o re In fo .. . For more information on Sproat Lake, visit Sproat Lake Regatta



Port Alberni’s rich and valued history can be explored through the town’s spirited heritage sites and attractions. Experience the roots of the Valley and learn about the people and places that have helped shape what the town is today. Learn more at


Take a walk through history when you visit the McLean Mill National Historic Site in the Beaver Creek area of Port Alberni. The McLean sawmill was opened and operated by R.B. McLean and his three sons from 1926 to 1965 and is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. The mill was recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989 to commemorate the history of logging and saw milling in British Columbia. Learn interesting facts about the mill’s history and operations with an interactive guided tour of the site. You will see restored logging equipment, including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, lumber cars and historic buildings. Observe the sights and sounds of steam as the sawmill cuts lumber for demonstration and sale. The site offers a complete collection of industrial and personal memories of the people that lived and worked there. After the adventure grab a light lunch or something sweet at the Steam Pot Café located on the mill sight or visit the gift shop before heading back to town. Watch for special events all year long at the mill, including live music, artisan exhibits, and special events for Halloween and Christmas.


Historic Train Ride

All aboard! Take the train to McLean Mill National Historic Site. Roll through the City of Port Alberni and surrounding forests aboard an historic train pulled by completely restored ex-logging locomotive. You can hop on the No. 7 steam train at the 1912 CPR Station, located at the bottom of Argyle Street near the Harbour Quay, and travel to the mill. Traveling to and from the mill is about a 35-minute ride each way where you are free to engage with the engineer and firemen before and after the trip. Riding the steam train will give you a historic and unique view on railroading of yesteryear. Be careful though; the Beaufort Gang has been seen in the area and has been known to rob the train. Check out their calendar of events for the dates of the big payroll shipments to the mill. For more information or to purchase tickets visit ■

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Learn fascinating facts about our community’s rich heritage as you explore the Alberni Valley Museum. You will uncover compelling tales of West Coast history, examine Nuu-Chah-Nulth art and artifacts and discover the Valley’s industrial background from logging to fishing and farming. The Museum displays a plethora of cultural collections, artifacts and historic photographs through a unique and experimental visible storage system. Come for a visit and see why the Alberni Valley Museum is considered one of the finest community museums in British Columbia.


Maritime Discovery Centre

Adjacent to the Harbour Quay you will find Port Alberni’s Maritime Discovery Centre, a charismatic museum constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse. Committed to exhibiting Port Alberni’s maritime history and captivating facts about the surrounding environment and culture, the museum is a must-see destination when visiting the harbour area. Experience the raw adventure, tales of heroism and moments of mystique, grandeur and romance that tell the story of our intriguing west coast. Each summer season a new exhibit on a maritime theme is presented, along with special events and activities. In addition to exhibits about maritime discovery, you’ll find a fascinating display about the tsunami that hit Port Alberni in 1964.


Industrial Heritage Centre

A large collection of historical industrial artifacts, many of which were used by the McLean Mill or elsewhere throughout the Alberni Valley, are preserved and restored at Port Alberni’s Industrial Heritage Centre and at the McLean Mill. The historic collection includes; several antique logging trucks, a 1913 McLaughlin-Buick car, a 1979 International highway truck, a 1944 International 6x6 military truck, 1965 Mercury, 1939 Ford fire truck, historic bulldozers and a 1965 GMC low bed among others. The Centre is located on Ninth Avenue next to the curling rink and is typically open to visitors every weekday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9am until 2pm.



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Port Alberni is lucky to have two impressive golf courses, both rich with history and scenic West Coast backdrops. The Alberni Valley Golf course is located in the beautiful Cherry Creek area of Port Alberni. The 18-hole par 70 course and driving range lies on a true countryside landscape overlooked by the rugged snowcapped Mt. Arrowsmith. A bar and grill is available on the grounds with two dining areas, a covered deck with views of the Beaufort range. The Hollies Executive Golf Course is a 9-hole course. The course consists of six par 3 holes and three par 4 holes. A BBQ service is available at the course’s clubhouse to accommodate a group of up to 40 people.



Port Alberni has many circuits for bikers of all skill levels, ranging from ultra-challenging tracks to flat and easy routes for those looking for a casual ride through town. For mountain biking trail maps and preferred city routes using designated bike lanes, visit the visitor centre or one of our local bike shops that also offer bike rentals, and repairs.



The Alberni Valley Multiplex is a large sporting arena that includes two NHL regulation ice surfaces, nine dressing rooms, an upper lounge, two concession stands and over-ice flooring. The Multiplex is home to Junior A hockey team, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.




The Echo Aquatic Centre is home to the Port Alberni Tsunami Swim Club and includes a large 121’ by 45’ main pool with slide, a dry sauna, hot tub, shallow children’s pools, family changing rooms, a pool lift and special needs accesses. Recreational, fitness and competitive swimming is all available at the centre and NCCP trained aquatic staff are on hand to ensure your safety and enjoyment.

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We’re very fortunate in the Alberni Valley to have an abundance of hiking trails available for all types of physical abilities. Whether you’re looking for a day excursion in the forest or simply a relaxing nature walk, Port Alberni’s many trails offer a plethora of beautiful routes for everyone in the family. Here is just a sample.


Kitsuksis Trail

The Kitsuksis Dyke trail offers an easy 3 km paved path that loops around Kitsuksis Creek. The path is wheelchair accessible and pet-friendly. Adjacent to the path are parks, picnic tables, benches, washrooms and a playground equipped with a water park.


Log Train Trail

The Log Train Trail was originally constructed as a railway line to service the Bainbridge Mill, a hundred years later, it is a 25 km multi-use trail. Walk, bike, run, or horseback through the forested trails along the foot of the Beaufort Range.


Alber ni Inlet Trail

The Alberni Inlet Trail is a wonderful way to experience beautiful views of Port Alberni. Signs along the trail provide detailed route maps. The distance from the parking lot, located at Ship Creek Rd, to a panoramic view of the city is about 2 km and 6 km to a rocky beach area along the Inlet. This is a moderate-level hike with some inclines.


Della Falls

The Alberni Valley is home to the tallest water falls in Canada, Della Falls. Located in Strathcona Provincial Park, about 60 km from Port Alberni, the only way to reach the falls is by crossing Great Central Lake by boat. Camping areas are available for those making the 15 km ascent to Della Falls. The remote trail is suited to prepared intermediate hikers with backcountry gear and experience.



Roger Creek Nature Trail

This scenic all-seasons hiking trail follows Roger Creek, through an enchanting forested terrain, to a deep pool, often used as a swimming hole on hot Alberni afternoons. The trail is lined with an abundance of old, second-growth cedars and is home to a large tree, dubbed the Roger Creek Giant.


Stamp Falls

Stamp River Provincial Park is a wondrous combination of short scenic hiking trails, that provide ample opportunity to view salmon jumping up the river to their spawning beds in the fall. Lookout points along the river offer views of the falls and the man-made fish ladders. A longer hike, about 7.5 km, runs along the river. Many hikers park a vehicle at each end of the trail and finish the day with a picnic at the south end.

» F o r M o re In fo .. . For information on the Della Falls water taxi visit For more information and trail maps, visit For more information on Stamp falls,

Information and maps on these and other trails are available at the visitor centre.


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Cultures of the Nuu-chah-nulth people are deeply ingrained and celebrated throughout the Alberni Valley. The city’s boundary lies within the traditional territories of the Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations, who both have deep-seated involvement in the area’s current affairs and economic development as well as established communities on reserve lands adjacent to the city. Many place names in Port Alberni are derived from a Nuuchah-nulth origin, like Somass, Kitsuksis, and Nootka. Ancient petroglyph carvings can be found at Sproat Lake Provincial Park that are believed to have been carved by ancestors of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. An extensive collection of first nation artifacts and information about the Valley’s first peoples is on display at the Alberni Valley Museum.


The Tseshaht

Tseshaht means “the people of Ts’ishaa,” which is a place known today as Benson Island, a part of the Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound. The Tseshaht First Nation’s modern facilities include an administration building along the highway that is a wonder of wood and glass beside the river. Stop by the beautiful Tseshaht Market on your way to Sproat Lake to fuel up or pick up snacks, souvenirs and more.


The Hupacasath

The Hupacasath are comprised of three distinct tribes, the Muh-uulth-aht, Kleh-koot-aht and Cuuma-as-aht (Ahahswinis). They used, and occupied their traditional territory on Central Vancouver Island for thousands of years and are known as the most inland tribe on the Island. Their territory included the north end of the Alberni Inlet, Sproat Lake, Great Central Lake and the settled part of the Alberni Valley. The Hupacasath welcomes visitors to the region with traditional welcome figures at the waterfront at Victoria Quay. A traditional whaling canoe carving is also on display.


The Huu-ay-aht

The Huu-ay-aht First Nation is a self-governing, modern treaty nation whose lands are located in the Barkley Sound region on the West Coast of Vancouver Island at the entrance to the Port Alberni Inlet. Today, Huu-ay-aht citizens number close to 750 and primarily reside around the village of Anacla, close to Bamfield, as well as Port Alberni, where band business offices are found. The Huu-ay-aht also own and operate retail and hotel properties in Bamfield for tourists.

Tseshaht Market Gateway to the Pacific Rim

Fill-up your tank, pick up supplies, and grab a bite to eat. We invite you to enjoy our beautiful Picnic & Rest Area, and take a stroll in our Tseshaht First Nation Totem Pole Garden

We Offer One-Stop Convenience: • Fuel, Propane & Diesel • Scooped Ice Cream – 32 Flavours • Deli – Sandwiches, Espresso, Smoothies Dine in our Seating area or take outside to our picnic tables • Fresh Fruit & Produce • Firewood and Kindling • First Nations Giftware • Newspaper & Stamps

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Port Alberni’s dynamic arts scene offers entertainment and inspiration over many venues and along Argyle Street, home to the Rotary Arts District.


Capitol Theatre

Home of the Portal Players and Stages youth theatre, Capitol Theatre offers full productions and special theatre events throughout the year.


First Nations Art

The Valley showcases many First Nations public art pieces throughout town. The Victoria Quay is flanked by two towering Welcome Figures created by local Hupacasath First Nations carvers and a Nuu-chah-nulth whaling sculpture. At the Harbour Quay, at the bottom of Argyle Street, more locally carved totem poles are on display. Gordon Dick has been a career artist on the Island for more than 20 years and is the owner of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, 7133 Pacific Rim Highway, where he’s been selling his original Northwest Coast Art since 2008. Much of Dick’s artwork symbolizes family roots, stories or traditions. First Nations’ jewellery, masks, sculptures, wood carvings and panels are on display in his shop.


Rollin Art Centre

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Rollin Art Centre features work by local and regional artists. During the summer months, afternoon tea is served on the summer terrace. The gardens are a show piece and include a traditional Japanese garden, a replica of Port Alberni’s first bandstand and a classical fountain.


Paint Out

DRAW Gallery takes the joy of painting outdoors September 8. This is a chance for people to see professional artists at work, or for beginners to learn from them. Landscape painters will invade the Alberni Valley from near and far. Plein air painters will take part in similar events all over the globe. For more information visit The event is free and everyone is welcome.






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Tri-conic Challenge Part 1 – Ride the Lakes z Canada Day MAY 27, 2018 The Tri-conic challenge is a series of three races held in the Alberni Valley for cyclists, runners or swimmers of all levels and ages or for tri-athletes who want to the ultimate challenge. The first race is cycling at Sproat Lake Provincial Park and surrounding lakes. The full Iconic race is 90 kms but there are alternate routes for children, and of 20 kms and 70 kms. ■

Solstice Arts Festival

JUNE 15-17, 2018 Alberni Valley arts and culture societies will come together for one big celebration during summer solstice. Head to the Rotary Arts District along Argyle Street during festival days to see creative outlets such as Days With the Arts, Art Rave, Art Matters Society’s F.A.C.E. (Festival of Artistic & Creative Expression) and Portal Players’ Dramatic Society with improv performances and music. ■

Tri-conic Challenge Part 2 – Run the Train

JUNE 17, 2018 The Tri-conic challenge is a series of three races held in the Alberni Valley for cyclists, runners or swimmers of all levels and ages or for tri-athletes who want to the ultimate challenge. This second race of the series pits runners again the iconic 1929 No. 7 steam train. Known on its own as the No. 7 Challenge, Sprint runners will race the train on a 10K journey from our bustling waterfront out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site - Canada’s only operational Steam Powered Mill. Both the Challenge and Iconic races will also start at the Train Station and new for 2018 they too will end at the National Historic Site. Our children’s run will take place at Harbour Quay and it will include a ride on the Train out to the Site where all the fun will be.  ■

JULY 1, 2018 Celebrate Canada’s birthday with a parade and festivities including flag raising, cake cutting, entertainment, kids’ activities and food.

Jane Austen Festival

JULY 6-8, 2018 A wonderful celebration of author Jane Austen with period events, costumes and more for all ages. Activities include afternoon tea, murder mysteries Austen style, Grande Promenade on Harbour Quay, family picnic and country dance, and a fabulous Grande Ball to be held on the evening of the 7th. ■

Tri-conic Challenge Part 3 – Swim the Past

JULY 18, 2018 The Tri-conic challenge is a series of three races held in the Alberni Valley for cyclists, runners or swimmers of all levels and ages or for tri-athletes who want to the ultimate challenge. In the third and final race of the summer, extreme open-water swims begin on beautiful Sproat Lake Provincial Park, home-base for Coulson’s Iconic 1945 Martin Mars Flying Tankers.  Though the local water bombers are ‘retired’ from active duty they are nearby and access for viewing can be arranged. This year the swim will also feature the historic Petroglyphs which were carved into the nearby rocks some 800 years ago by local First Nations People. ■

Sproat Lake Regatta

JULY 13 -15, 2018 The Sproat Lake Regatta brings boaters and boats of all kinds to the Valley. The weekend kicks off with a boat show ‘n’ shine on Friday, July 13 in town followed by boating and racing of all sorts continuing throughout the weekend at Sproat Lake Provincial Park. ■

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Thunder in the Valley

AUGUST 11-12, 2018 The roar of drag racing comes to the street every summer in Port Alberni. Held on Stamp Avenue in town, hundreds of racers from all over the Pacific Northwest will compete for the fastest speeds over 1/8 mile. More than 8,000 spectators are known to watch the exciting races. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch street legal drag racing. ■

Salmon Festival

AUGUST 31 – SEPT 3, 2018 Here in the Valley we are recognized as the salmon capitol of the world and what better way to celebrate our cherished title than at the annual Salmon Festival and fishing derby. Enjoy the festivities during the September long weekend at Tyee Landing. Fireworks on Friday night kick off the festival. Throughout the weekend there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy live local bands, karaoke, and the famous Kiwanis barbecue salmon dinner. Fishers from all over British Columbia enter the fishing derby for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes for the biggest catches of the derby. ■

Fall Fair

SEPTEMBER 6-10, 2018 The Valley celebrates its agricultural roots with the annual Alberni District Fall Fair. There’s plenty of fun activities and spectacles for everyone in the family, from thrilling carnival rides and games to a petting zoo and logger sports. Visit the livestock barns to see the work of local and Island 4-H Clubs with farm animals and pets. Sample the irresistible mini donuts and fluffy cotton candy or have a meal at one of the many food vendors on the grounds. A home and business show and live music are also among the activities available at the lively fall fair. ■

Alberni Valley Toy Run

SEPTEMBER 15 & 16, 2018 Vancouver Island’s biggest motorcycle toy run lures hundreds of bikers from all over the Pacific Northwest and Alberta to the Valley to collect toys and raise money to benefit local children. More than 1,000 bikes ride from Little Qualicum Falls through town to the Harbour Quay and up 10th Avenue Saturday morning. A show ‘n’ shine and children’s events take place at Glenwood Centre followed by adult-oriented motorcycle games and a dance later in the evening. The weekend concludes with a Sunday morning poker ride. ■

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Harbour Quay

Some come to inhale the crisp salty air or the impressive selection of eclectic artisan creations, others simply come for the best donuts on Vancouver Island. Either way you won’t be disappointed when you visit the charming Harbour Quay waterfront area in Downtown Port Alberni. Harbour Quay is a working waterfront space along the Alberni Inlet with a large dock and boardwalks that offer unforgettable wildlife and ocean viewing. After lunch, walk along the boardwalk while taking in sensational views of the lush tree-lined mountains, marine life and working fishing boats. For a more birdlike view climb to the top of the tall red clock tower for pristine views of the Alberni Inlet. When you descend make a wish at the rock-carved salmon water fountain located in the centre area of the Quay. In the park area of the Quay there is a nautical-themed playground that will surely keep any young angler feeling like a real captain at sea. Also a treat for the kids, an aquarium with interactive displays of local sea life and touch tanks to get up close with sea creatures.. νwww. Mingle with local farmers and artisans while you fill your basket with organic fruits and vegetables and other local products at the weekly Spirit Square Farmers’ Market at Harbour Quay. Sundays from May to September a craft fair takes place at the same location. Adjacent to the deep-sea harbour you will find Port Alberni’s Marine Discovery Centre, a charismatic museum constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse. Committed to exhibiting Port Alberni’s maritime history and captivating facts about the surrounding environment and culture, the museum is a must-see destination. ■ For more information visit


Victoria Quay

Another popular waterfront area is the Victoria Quay at the foot of Johnston Road. A wooden boardwalk leads you along the edge of the Somass River, where you’ll enjoy pleasant views of the inlet and surrounding forests. It is not uncommon that you will spot a black bear searching for food across the river in the Somass Estuary. The best time to catch a glimpse of these big mammals is during the months of August, September and October when they are searching for returning Chinook salmon. Two large wooden statues, carved by the Hupacasath First Nations people, stand tall to greet you at the entrance to Victoria Quay. A welcome centre displays a First Nations whaling nonument and offers information on the history of the First Nations people in the region. The park is lined with a grassy area, picnic tables and is a great place to catch the sunset as the day winds down. A retail area across from the waterfront offers quaint cafes, gift shops, and hair salon.


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Get off land and out to sea aboard the Frances Barkley, a passenger freight service that makes daily, and overnight trips to Bamfield, a small coastal fishing town West of Port Alberni. While sailing down the Alberni Inlet you will observe an array of marine life. Eagles swooping for fish or resting atop a tree on the shoreline, barking seals sun tanning on the rocks and black bears on the beach searching for snacks. An on-board café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and a small variety of beer and wine. Bamfield is located in the heart of the Pacific Rim National Park, about 89 km southwest of Port Alberni. The small West Coast town is popular for ocean kayaking, sport fishing and spending time on beautiful sandy beaches. Things to do in Bamfield include whale watching, diving, storm watching, wildlife viewing, strolling along the scenic boardwalk, hiking and checking out the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. A water taxi is available to take you across the inlet so you can see for yourself all the natural wonders Bamfield has to offer

Tofino and Ucluelet

Tofino and Ucluelet are true West Coast treasures. The small towns are located on either end of a peninsula that stretches north to south along the West Coast. Legendary swells make the beaches a surfer’s paradise. It’s about an hour and a half drive along Highway 4 to the junction where going left takes you to Ucluelet with its shops, fishing docks and touch tank aquarium at the waterfront. Turn right and you will drive through Pacific Rim National Park and onto Tofino. In the park, stop to walk the incredible expanses of beaches, or visit the museum at Wickaninnish. In Tofino enjoy whale watching, shopping, fine restaurants and nearby surfing.



Known to many as the home of the goats on the roof, the Old Country Market in Coombs is a hub for far more than just the four-legged ‘employees.’ Located about 30 minutes from Port Alberni along the Alberni Highway in the small town of Coombs, the market attracts thousands of people each year for a glimpse of the roof-top grazers. The market is famous for their variety of international foods, baked goods, imported gifts and their large assortment of ice cream. There are several shops surrounding the market with unique souvenirs, books, fresh produce, funky clothing and collectables. Also nearby are Butterfly World and a farm that offers tours and activities for families.

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Whether you’re a bargain hunter or want to shop-till-you-drop, you’ll find everything you’re looking for and more while exploring Port Alberni’s diverse retail sector.


Kingsway Crossing

At Kingsway Crossing, across from the train station on Argyle, a collection of small shops awaits including a quilt shop, ladies’ dress shops, a game store, and restaurants with sidewalk tables.


Harbour Quay

Continue to the bottom of Argyle Street to Harbour Quay. With a variety of waterfront galleries, shops and eateries, you can browse handmade jewelry, fudge, local First Nations art, local woodworking, and other unique souvenirs as well as several coffee shops and restaurants. On Saturdays visit the farmers market and on Sundays a craft market in the square.


Central Port Alber ni

Central Port Alberni at Redford and 10th Ave. features a grocery store, jeweler, drugstore, restaurants, coffee shops, health food store and gift shop.

For 39 years, the goal of Finishing Touches has been to provide you with the ultimate in total body relaxation through spa services provided by professionally trained staff of unmatched experience. We are Brow Specialists Walk-ins Welcome! Stop by to experience our wonderful selection of unique jewellery, gift items, bath products, cosmetics and skin care. We carry Dr Renaud, Youngblood, OPI, Kameleon, Troll Beads, Thymes and many more!

250.723.3822 • 4558 Elizabeth St

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2907 2nd Ave

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Johnston Road

At the bottom of Johnston, several plazas offer a collection of clothing stores, jewellery, bakery, hardware store, furniture, gift shops and restaurants. Continue on to the waterfront to Victoria Quay for an extended eclectic shopping experience along the waterfront. The top of Johnston is home to large department stores like Walmart, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Mark’s, Warehouse One, and The Source as well as auto parts, dollar stores, pet store, clothing shops, restaurants and coffee shops. A casino is also in the vicinity with a full restaurant.


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The Uptown area, along 3rd Avenue and Argyle Street is located at the charming south end of the city. Local small shops offer an eclectic collection of trending items including second-hand stores, consignment boutiques, a book store, shoe store, a traditional men’s barber shop, graphic tee shirt shop, kitchen shop and the charming SteamPunk Cafe and Coffee House. Stop by Central Park, on the corner of 3rd and Angus, to take a break from shopping or just to people watch.


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4687 Johnston Rd., Port Alberni, BC • Tel: 250-723-4669 • 20 point visual inspection



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The Alberni Valley, being almost completely surrounded by mountains, forest and water, provides unique opportunity for wildlife viewing. Birds, black bears, deer and more are all common residents in our west coast landscape and can be easily viewed from these locations.


The Somass Estuary

The Somass Estuary is the top birding spot in the Alberni Valley and is one of the most important sites on Vancouver Island for wintering and migratory waterfowl. Located along the Somass River, the Estuary can be accessed by road and trails. There are more than 200 plant species living in this riparian wetland and you can spot treasures any season of the year. Winter is the time to visit the estuary when looking for water birds, spring is perfect for viewing blossoming flowers and autumn for the pink salmon. More than 100 species of birds use this area for wintering, staging, feeding or resting including Trumpeter Swan and Great Blue Heron. Bald eagles and the Great Horned Owl are also known to frequent the area. Mammals have also been known to roam the estuary. Columbian black-tailed deer, black bears, beavers, mink, red Squirrels, raccoons, shrews, deer mice, muskrats, river otters and bats have all been observed here.


The Kitsuksis Dyke

Another great spot for bird watching in the Valley is the Kitsuksis Dyke. The popular walking trail around Kitsuksis Creek is home to a variety of sparrows, towhees, juncos and a resident merlin. Green Herons can be found here in the summer, ring-necked ducks in the winter and warblers in the spring. Deer, rabbits, and beaver have been spotted along the paved threekilometer pathway.


Victoria Quay

In the late summer visiting Victoria Quay is your best chance to spot a black bear searching for salmon in the Somass River. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars for an unforgettable view across the river of these majestic mammals. Vancouver Island is home to thousands of black bears and can often be spotted resting in the sun or searching for food along the riverside or in the bushes along the highway. Although the bears are an unforgettable sight and can make awesome pictures, viewing from a safe distance is key while observing these beauties. Be respectful of the bears and never approach them, especially the cubs. Never attempt to feed the bears and make your presence known in their company by yelling, clapping or singing loudly.

»W ild lif e Sa fe ty If you encounter a bear or a cougar in the wild, do not run. Pick up small children, make yourself as tall as possible and make a lot of noise. Make sure the animal has a way of escape. Prevent animal encounters by keeping garbage contained. Don’t approach or feed wildlife.

4890 Cherry Creek Rd., Port Alberni, BC 250.724.ROCK (7625) Chances Rimrock



A-1 Alberni Inn

3805 Redford St. Port Alberni 250-723-9405

Arrowvale Campground & Cabins 5955 Hector Rd. Port Alberni 250-723-7948 |

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Free wireless high speed internet, free local calls, 1 & 2 bedroom A/C suites & cottages, full kitchens & kitchenettes, full service RV parking & campground.

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Scenic river campsites & 2 deluxe cabins, farm animals, light snacks and old fashioned milk shakes, all in a quiet scenic setting.

Newly renovated rooms with contemporary furnishings and feature free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. All come with tea and coffeemaking equipment and iPod docks. Upgraded rooms include separate seating areas, pull-out sofas, microwaves and minifridges.

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Special monthly and weekly rates, complimentary tea & coffee, rooms with kitchenettes, free WIFI, phone, TV, Heritage steam train to McLean Mill only minutes away, near shops & restaurants.

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Group rates, senior discounts, 1 & 2 bedroom suites, AC/kitchenettes, wireless internet, on site laundry facility, onsite restaurant& full service RV Campground.

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Centrally located and close to all amenities and a beautiful walkway along the river just around the corner. Kitchen units. Barbecue area. Laundry.

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The bright, straightforward rooms have minifridges, microwaves and air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs. free WiFi. Campground with RV hook ups, boat/ trailer parking. Laundromat. Outdoor Pool.

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Our hotel rooms are tastefully designed and beautifully-appointed with locally-sourced art. Lakeside rooms each have a balcony overlooking scenic Sproat Lake.

Swept Away Inn

5505 Argyle St | (250) 918-8298

Floating Inn B&B/Restaurant aboard our 100 ft converted tug boat. Eight staterooms, six bathrooms with showers, salon, gourmet kitchen, 900 sq’ deck.

Timberlodge & RV Campground

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Free WiFi access and free private parking. Every room at this motel is air conditioned and has a flatscreen TV and has a private bathroom.

4277 Stamp Ave (250) 724-7171

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Bluebird Motel

3755 3rd Ave. Port Alberni Toll Free 1-888-591-3888

Redford Motel & RV Campground

3723 Redford St. 1-888-724-0121

Riverside Motel

5065 Roger St | (250) 724-9916

Somass Motel & RV

5279 River Rd | (250) 724-3236

Sproat Lake Landing 10695 Lakeshore Rd. Port Alberni 250-723-2722

2404 Timberlane Rd (250) 723-9415 |

Air Conditioned | Laundromat | Pool | Internet access

Our riverside location, relaxing atmosphere, and wonderful beds ensure our guests a comfortable stay in Port Alberni.

Riverside Motel Phone/Fax: 250.724.9916 For reservations call 1.800.636.9916

Tel: 250.724.3236 Toll Free: 1.800.927.2217 5279 River Road, Port Alberni, BC

• Air conditioning • Wireless internet

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An exceptional full facility hotel, with many on-site amenities. Hot tub, sauna, heated outdoor seasonal pool, fitness centre, conference facilities, premier catering services, and courteous 24-hour staff.

Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

Stamps Café

Casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner from our West Coast inspired menu.

Pastimes Sports Bar & Grill Great food, great friends and big screen TVs for game night!

Cold Beer & Wine

Huge selection. Find your favourite or discover a new one.

4277 Stamp Avenue, Alberni Valley

Call 250-724-7171



A Great Motel in the Perfect Location

A-1 Convenience Store


Free Wifi • Pets allowed 1, 2 & 3 bedroom suites available Air Conditioning Kitchenettes • RV Sites Tel/Fax: (250)723-9405 Email: 3805 Redford Street, Port Alberni

Laundromat Gas Station Touchless Car Wash Wand Wash Tel/Fax: 250-723-1330 3908 Redford Street Port Alberni


Group rates, senior discounts, 1 & 2 bedroom suites, AC/ kitchenettes, wireless internet, onsite laundry facilities, restaurant, full service RV Campground

250-724-0121 • 1-888-724-0121 250-724-4522 or 250-724-3231

Online Menu:

3723 Redford St., Port Alberni, B.C.

Japanese Restaurant

Open 7 Days a week for Lunch & Dinner - Licensed Premises -

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Located 5 minutes from City Centre!


DIMITRI’S RESTAURANT “More than just pizza!” Delivery starts at 10am daily • Pizza • Pasta • Ribs • Chicken • Salads & More!

Indoor heated pool 22 motel rooms with fridge, cable tv, free local calls • 39 RV sites with full hook-up, 50amp service available • Guest laundromat • •

2404 Timberlaine Road Port Alberni 778-421-2220



“WE’LL KEEP YOU COMING BACK” 4833 Johnston Rd 250-724-5794

• All Day Breakfast • Kangaroo Burgers • Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials • House made food

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Fish ‘n’ Chips Schnitzels Burgers Pasta So Much More!

Licensed 2018


Free Delivery • Debit at the Door

Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Rental Fleet Fish & Duck of 22 Boats PUB House Boats and Ski Boats



Dine in our Pub or on our Scenic Patio

8571 BOTHWELL RD | 250-724-4462


Canada's #1 casual dining restaurant HOURS: Sunday-Thursday 11am-Midnight Friday, Saturday Open until 2am

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THE STARBOARD GRILL Great patio. Great food. Great service and views. The perfect place to enjoy food and drink on the water

Open 7 days a week 11am - 9 pm Summer until 10pm

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Harbour Quay under the clock • 778-421-2826

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250.723.5663 | 5022 JOHNSTON ROAD, PORT ALBERNI, BC


3025 3rd Ave. Port Alberni 778-421-3000 HOURS

Mon-Fri 7am -6pm Sat & Sun 9am 5pm


is an independent coffee shop devoted to the character and culture of Port Alberni. The café is designed to reflect the eclectic Steampunk genre and boasts a very distinct look. The industrial beams and vintage accessories really give a fun and funky atmosphere. We take great pride in showcasing our beloved city and there are elements and pieces of Port Alberni history all around. The Steampunk philosophy is one of romance and craftsmanship with an eye to uniqueness and flair and we have tried our best to reflect that in the café’s

decoration and attention to detail with quality handmade coffees and desserts. The café has received many accolades for delicious food and friendly service and we make every person’s positive experience our priority. The owners Kevin and Lesley Wright would like to invite you to share a little of our famous Port Alberni friendliness and hospitality.



Bare Bones

Blue Door


5415 Argyle St (250) 723-8811

Blue Marlin


5022 Johnston Rd. 778-421-3022

Boston Pizza


3550 Johnston Rd (250) 723-2622

Boomerangs Café 4833 Johnston Rd 250-724-5794

Everything Bagel 4505 Victoria Quay (bottom of Johnston Rd.)

Krush Smoothie and Juice Bar 4258 10th Ave (778) 421-4258

Orestes Greek Kouzina

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Cod, Halibut, Salmon & Prawns in your choice of either traditional English style batter, crispy panko , or open fire grilled. Selcetion of sides and sauces. Chicken Strips for the non-fish eaters.

Iconic Port Alberni breakfast at the Harbour Quay. Watch your delicious home-style breakfast being made on the grill right in front of the counter. Popular with fishermen, families and everyone who loves a homestyle breakfast. Open 7 days a week.

Four restaurants in one Inn offering the family-friendly Turtle Beach café, Puddle Ducks pub, Frog on the Log lounge andMags Chicken & Mexican fare. Gluten free and vegan options. Drive thru for Mags. Open 7 days a week.

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Canada’s No. 1 casual dining brand with more than 100 unique and delicious menu items such as gourmet pizzas and pastas, juicy burgers and our famous BP wings. Gluten free menu available Serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Unique items such as kangaroo burgers and restaurant menu done in Aussie style. Recently renovated to be larger to accommodate the every growing popularity of this eatery. Breakfast can be purchased all day.

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Burde Beans

4102 Burde St. 250-723-8331


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4824 Johnston Rd (250) 720-0900

4505 Gertrude St. 250-421-3010


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A hub where people can come and enjoy coffee, espresso, loose leaf teas and meal items. Micro arcade gallery. Open everyday 10am - 5pm.

Specializing in a wide selections of pizzas with a signature homemade sauce, Dimitri’s also offers pasta, schnitzel, burgers and salads. Free delivery within city limits starts at 10 a.m. every day.

Eat in or take out fresh Montreal Bagels, breakfast and lunch bagels, soup made fresh daily, espresso and daily specials. A beautiful view of the canal watch for the bears.

Healthy smoothies, beverages, paninis, soup, sandwiches. Housemade baked goods. Open Monday to Saturday.

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Specializing in Greek cuisine with souvlaki, moussaka, spanakopita and more created in house. An intimate and cozy setting. Fully licensed. Open 7 days a week.

winner of trip advisor’s certificate of excellence

bare bones fish & chips

fresh halibut, wild salmon, cod, prawns

to nanaimo

hand cut chips, homemade dips highway 4/ johnston road

licensed, featuring vanc. island beer, wine, margaritas, and more!

intimate dining room or beautiful patio seating

250-720-0900 4824 johnston road, port alberni, bc, v9y 1m5 24 PORT ALBERNI VALLEY VISITOR GUIDE 2018


eat in or take out located in the picturesque heritage church

to tofino/ ucluelet

5093 Johnston Rd (250) 736-1100

Porto Taco

5304 Argyle Street 250-723-3302


Sproat Lake Landing 10695 Lakeshore Road 250-723-2722

SteamPunk Café & Coffeehouse 3025A 3rd Ave. 778-421-3000

Swale Rock Café 5328 Argyle St (250) 723-0777

Swept Away Inn Harbour Quay 250-918-8298


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Tasty Homemade Mexican Tacos, Tostadas, Burritos, Quesadillas & more. Gluten free and vegan friendly options. Open daily 11:30am – 7pm. Licensed happy Hour Daily 2-5pm. Dine in or take it to go.

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Cafeteria style offering with fresh sushi created in house, wings bar, sandwichesmade to order, soup, salads, chicken and sides.

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Salmon is just one item to savour at our award-winning Drinkwaters Restaurant, whether in the Lakefront Dining Lounge, the Stirling Room, or out on our warm-weather favourite the beaver dam deck patio. Treats and artisan products that change seasonally and are also at our Dellas Café.

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Enjoy a fresh, West Coast style meal with a view from every table. Located in the heart of the Harbour Quay, The Starboard Grill is the place to relax among friends and family with amazing food, service and breathtaking views.

Breakfast, muffins, soup, sandwiches all made in house and served with great coffee in a steam punk atmosphere. Comfy reading room indooors or enjoy the sidewalk patio in heart of uptown.

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Open daily 7 am, 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Serving breakfast all day, home of the fishermen’s bread, fish & chips, homemade soup, seafood crepes and so much more. Licensed.


Starboard Grill 2 – 5440 Argyle St 778-421-2826

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A wide range of dishes to satisfy any pallet. Fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally. Farm fresh veggies, local meats and seafood in season. Vegan and gluten free options available.


Save On Foods Deli 3756 10th Ave (250) 723-6212

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Enjoy a variety of foods in our deli section including fresh daily sushi, Chinese food, pizza, chicken, soup, salad and daily specials. Upstairs, A Step Above invites you upstairs to take a break from shopping. With Starbucks Coffee and sumptuous baked treats.

Quality Foods 2943 10th Ave (250) 723-3397

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Authentic real food experience! Moroccan and French Cuisine all on a 100ft tugboat. Local, Fresh, Organic. By reservation only.

Want to know what’s happening in the Alberni Valley? Pick up a copy of the Alberni Valley News at the Visitor Centre or local stores.

• healthy lunches • paninis & wraps • homemade desserts 4258 10th Ave., Port Alberni 778-421-4258

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4890 Cherry Creek Rd (250) 724-7625

MOTEL • Close to the Arena, Swimming Pool, Museum, Bus Depot and Golf Courses • TV | Phone | Free WiFi • Air Conditioning • Rooms with Kitchenettes • Complimentary Tea & Coffee

FISHING Gone Fishin’

4985 Johnston Rd (250) 723-1172

13.5 FT HIGH & 16 FT WIDE

BRIGHT, CLEAN SELF-SERVE BAYS with hot water, quality products


one Touchless and one Soft Touch 3755 3rd Avenue Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4E9 Tel 250 723-1153 • Fax 250 723-0153 TOLL FREE RESERVATIONS 1-888-591-3888 •

Come Be Our Guest!

Corner of Gertrude St and Southgate Rd., Port Alberni 778-421-5570


100 ft Converted Tugboat


TOLL fREE: 1-888-591-3888


Floating Bed & Breakfast

Docked at the Harbour Quay in Port Alberni, beside Lady Rose Marine Services Seating & Group Events By Reservation

itional 5 TradDeluxe & 2 rooms State

French/Moroccan Restaurant SWEPTAWAYINN WWW.



ATTRACTIONS Alber ni District Fall Fair

4102 Hollywood St • (250) 723-9313 Celebrating 71 years with a parade, agriculture exhibitions and midway.

Alber ni Valley Museum 4255 Wallace St • (250) 723-2181 Lady Rose Marine Services 5425 Argyle St, Port Alberni (250) 723-8313 Passenger and cargo transportation in Barkley Sound from Port Alberni. Lodge and watertaxi in Sechart.


• Luxury stay in a Romantic Cottage • Camping • Fishing in the river • Hiking • Wildlife viewing

• Birdwatching • Petting Farm • Old Fashioned Milkshakes • Flowers, blackberries, pumpkin patch

Arrowvale Campground and CollinsFarm

ARROWVALE CAMPGROUND & COTTAGES 5955 Hector Road • 250-723-7948 •  

China Creek Campground

250-723-9812 china-creek 250 open wooded sites. Access to large beach. Hiking trail. Playground. Washrooms, showers, laundry. 8 km south of inner harbour.

MACKTUSH CREEK CAMPGROUND Play • Camp • Fish • Kayak • Windsurf PHONE 250-735-1352 EMAIL

Alber ni Glass & Mirror

3599 3rd Ave. Port Alberni (250)-723-3712 ICBC Glass Express, We process your glass claims, same day replace windshields and repair rock chips.


Hot Rod Ocean Adventures 6680 Debeaux Rd 250-720-1740

GOLF Alber ni Golf

6449 Cherry Creek Rd (250) 723-5422 Full 18-hole golf course in a picturesque setting. Full service restaurant.


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HOME DÉCOR Alber ni Colour Cor ner Ltd.

4310 10th Ave #1 (250) 720-0030 albernicolourcornerbenjaminmoore Home decorating store featuring paint, flooring, custom blinds and more.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT Alber ni Clayoquot Regional District 250-720-2700 •

City of Port Alber ni

4850 Argyle Street • (250) 723-2146

Hupacasath First Nation

5500 Ahahswinis Drive 250-724-4041 •

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

4644 Adelaide St 250-723-0100 •

Tseshaht First Nation

Jif fy Lube

4687 Johnston Road Tel: 250-723-4669 Oil change while you wait no appointment necessary. Technicians are highly trained in preventive maintenance and light repair.


Pachena Bay Campground

90 Anacla Rd, Bamfield 250-728-1287 Pachena Bay Campground offers beachfront accommodations include RV sites with optional utility hookups, and tenting sites with ocean views and beach access.

5901 Tsuma-as Drive 250-724-4385 •


4453 10th Ave • (250) 723-2522 Marine sales and service.



Craig Filipchuk

RE/MAX Mid-Island 4213 Princess Rd 250-720-6220 Full service realtor for residential and commercial properties.

Dave Koszegi

(250) 723-7653 Full service realtor for residential and commercial properties.

Finishing Touches

GREEK CUISINE OUR HOURS ARE: Sun-Mon: 4pm - Close Tues - Sat : Noon - Close Check out our new menu on Facebook

Reservations Recommended

Maureen MacKenzie

4558 Elizabeth St • (250) 723-3822 Spa services, esthetics, accessories and gifts.

SHOPPING Blue Fish Gallery

2907 2nd Ave • (778) 419-3474 Beautiful and unusual works of art and handicrafts.

4505 Victoria Quay 250-720-6034


5415 Argyle St. (250) 723-8811 Home of all day breakfasts.

1992 -2018

• Fashion • Lingerie • Swimwear

Open 7 Days A Week for Breakfast & Lunch

All Day Breakfast! Outdoor Patio! Located at Harbour Quay around the corner from Francis Barclay Dock


Home of the Fisherman’s Bread License


5328 Argyle Street

(Across from Train Station)



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Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Tel: 250-723-0966 5344 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1T8

Canadian Tire

3550 Johnston Rd • (250) 720-0085 Sporting goods, hardware, electronics, housewares, garden and patio, and auto accessories.

Codfather’s Seafood

5413A Argyle Street •(250) 723-7114


Breakfast Lunch • Brunch • Take Away • •

5093 Johnston Rd Open 7 days a week 7am - 3pm

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Indoor & Patio Dining Fully Licensed • Air Conditioned • SEASONAL SPECIALTIES • • Finger Foods to Full Courses •

2101 Old Nanaimo Hwy (250) 724-0033 Quality hand made confections, candy, fudges, caramel corn, brittle, and ice cream.



SALONS & SPAS • Gasbar


• Convenience Store • Car Wash • Ice Blocks & Cubes





Belle's Haircare Boutique Salon "Creating sustainable beauty for you..." Located by the beautiful Harbour Quay, at Kingsway Crossing Unit E - 5262 Argyle Street, Port Alberni

5304 Argyle Street 250.723.3302

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Ladies Consignment

Quality Consignment Clothing for Ladies & Men Includes Shoes & Accessories 4969 Argyle Street

Affordably Priced. Vintage to Modern. Pretty to Practical.


Furniture, Decor and So Much More!


4943 Argyle Street 778.419.1020

Harreson’s Now Open!

• SHOES on Kingsway just off Argyle, Port Alberni 250-723-2623 Shoppers Drug Mart

TWO LOCATIONS 3717 10th Ave • (250) 723-7387 Full service pharmacy, cosmetics, groceries, electronics. #1 3855 9Th Ave • 250-723-6641 Clinic pharmacy.

Tseshaht Market

Koliber GIFTS

Open Mon - Sat. 10am - 5pm

Winter Hours Tuesday - Saturday

3074 Kingsway Ave 778.419.0681

7581 Pacific Rim Hwy, Port Alberni (250) 724-3944 Gas station and convenience store.


TRANSPORTATION Pacific Seaplanes

1.855.WeFlyBC (933.5922) Service to Vancouver and West Coast. Aerial tours.

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» The highest vertical drop waterfall in » Canada’s first female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, was born in Port Alberni in 1947.

» The world’s largest fire fighting aircraft, the Martin Mars, based just outside Port Alberni at Sproat Lake were put into service in 1959.

Canada, Della Falls, is located at the western end of Great Central Lake near Port Alberni.

» In 1860, the first sawmill, in what became British Columbia, was constructed In Port Alberni; it began the significant forest industry economic activity in the Alberni Valley which continues to this day.

» Port Alberni has been designated as the Salmon Capital of the World and the World Fishing Network’s - Ultimate Fishing Town.

» Port Alberni is the shore station for Neptune

» In 1902, the Bamfield cable station near Port Alberni was constructed as the western terminus of a worldwide undersea telegraph cable.

Canada’s 800km electro fibre optic cable.

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province’s first park, Strathcona Provincial Park, was established in 1911 and is located just north of Port Alberni.


The Alberni Valley is a large and diverse area of over 6,600 square kilometers centrally located on Vancouver Island. It is bordered by the Beaufort Mountain Range to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The city of Port Alberni is the largest city and commercial hub of the region with a population of more than 18,000. Port Alberni and the encompassing Valley are surrounded by forests, mountains, ocean inlets, and  freshwater lakes and streams. This area of Vancouver Island is popular for its sports fishing, including steelhead, halibut, cod and of course, five species of salmon. Other outdoor activities available in every season include scuba diving, kayaking, kiteboarding, windsurfing, hiking, cycling, golfing, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing.   A long history of support for organized sports, arts and culture,

festivals and other entertainment interests are available in the Valley. A system of local parks and a full complement of  recreational facilities are maintained for the public to enjoy. The area has a full spectrum of health services including a modern regional hospital, intermediate and extended health care facilities; and facilities and services for seniors and people requiring special medical needs.  The City of Port Alberni maintains a complete program of essential services. Up-to-date services include fire protection, safety, emergency preparedness, water works, sewage and waste management. Port Alberni has a temperate climate that is influenced by a prevailing western flow that results in  periods of extended high levels of precipitation during winter months and  equally extended periods of dry, warm weather during summer



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months. Government services and community infrastructures are in place to provide opportunities to enjoy the benefits of the area throughout the year. As with much of Vancouver Island, the climate, recreational and leisure opportunities and lifestyle  attracts people from across Canada to retire here. These features along with other familyoriented benefits  draw younger people to work in local businesses. The region has a full complement of traditional education opportunities from pre-school, elementary high school college and university. A new state-of-the art high school opened in 2013. Many schools are within walking distance from homes. Dedicated bus services are available to provide transportation to students that live beyond walking distance. North Island College has a campus located in the city with a varied curriculum in both trades and academic courses. Certificate, diploma and continuing education programs can be completed in Port Alberni. The Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences is a local post-secondary degree granting education and research institution. The facility  specializes  in workplace safety, health promotion, return to work and disability management, comprehensive rehabilitation and disability leadership studies.   Real estate prices in Alberni tend to follow the general trends that are occurring in other communities in Canada. Overall, real estate is considered to be a very good value for the lifestyle and all the services available in  the area. In particular, people moving from Vancouver, Victoria or other relatively high priced communities find this area to be a bargain. For more information go to

Your home decor depot Chalk Paint Shabby Chic Furniture Local Artisans 5405 Argyle St (under the Harbour Quay sign)

P: 250-724-1137 Open 7 days a week | 10am - 6pm

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

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250-720-6220 Craig Filipchuk

Port Alberni & Sproat Lake’s



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Cruise spectacular Barkley Sound on the Frances Barkley. There are yearround sailings to Bamfield, and JuneSeptember sailings for Ucluelet and the Broken Group. You can also rent kayaks, book a stay at our scenic Sechart Lodge in Barkley Sound, or make a reservation for our convenient Sechart-based connector water taxi. Visit our website for full schedule details. 250.723.8313 (all year) Toll Free: 1.800.663.7192 (April - September)

Experience the Wilderness of Barkley Sound!

Enjoy a relaxing and affordable retreat in a scenic wilderness setting

Closest Accomodations to the Broken Group Islands

Kayak rentals and water taxi services available Departure to Sechart available through Lady Rose Marine Services

250.723.8313 • Toll Free: 1.800.663.7192 April-Sept. •

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Special Features - Alberni Visitor's Guide 2018  


Special Features - Alberni Visitor's Guide 2018