PROUD COMMUNITY PARTNERS Since moving to the Alberni Valley, we have been amazed by the generosity of the people who live here and take great pride in calling the Alberni Valley home. We instantly fell in love with both the Valley and the people who reside here and feel we have a responsibility as business owners to help support the Alberni Valley. In discussion with our staff at both Van Isle Ford and Pacific Chevrolet, we have developed a program that will give to three great local charities for the entire year of 2013. By purchasing your next new or pre-owned vehicle from Van Isle Ford or Pacific Chevrolet $50 from every sale will be donated to your choice of one of the three charities below. We look forward to continuing to earn your business in 2013. – Will and Chelsey Pulford
Alberni Charity Golf Classic In 2013 the Alberni Charity Golf Classic will be holding its 20th annual event. In the first 19 years the event has raised over $531,000.00. Both local charities and Children’s Hospital are the recipients each year. The success of this event has helped many charities survive and their ability to help many people in need.
Alberni Valley Hospice Society
Ty Watson House We believe that everyone has the right to quality end of life care that allows them to live fully until the very end with dignity and comfort, surrounded by their loved ones in the setting of their choice. Our programs, including the Ty Watson House Bed Program, are intended to enhance and support our clients and their families in our community and surrounding areas, providing them with information as well as emotional, spiritual and practical support, from the time of a person’s diagnosis, through advance illness, death, and bereavement.
Alberni Valley Rescue Squad Alberni Valley Rescue Squad members provide wilderness search and rescue assistance to residents and visitors of the Alberni Valley and surrounding area. In service for over 50 years, this volunteer organization is funded entirely by donations and the efforts of its volunteers. The dedicated members of the Alberni Valley Rescue Squad respond to wilderness emergencies in the mountains, forests, rivers and lakes of the region and has specialized rope rescue, swift water rescue, tracking and flat ice rescue teams in addition to its main ground search and rescue team. The group responds to calls for assistance (at the request of the RCMP) at any time of the day or night, in all weather conditions, 365 days of the year.
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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 Last year the Port Alberni Puddle Duck Racers Club held their inaugural Crowshaw Cup during the city’s Centennial Homecoming weekend on the water at the Harbour Quay.
Visitors’ Information ................................................... Pg. 4 Mayor’s Message ......................................................... Pg. 5 Introduction................................................................ Pg. 7 History ................................................................... Pg. 8-12 Around the Water ................................................. Pg. 13-16 Festivals and Events ............................................. Pg. 17-18 Places to Visit ....................................................... Pg. 19-21 Alberni Valley Map ........................................ Pg. 22 and 23 Automotive Services ................................................. Pg. 24 The Great Outdoors .............................................. Pg. 25-29 Dining Guide.................................................. Pg. 30 and 31 Sports ................................................................... Pg. 32-35 Seven Wonders ..................................................... Pg. 36-39 Accommodations ........................................... Pg. 40 and 41 Calendar of Events .................................................... Pg. 42
The idea behind starting the club was to find an inexpensive way to get people out in the harbour, using it recreationally. The puddle ducks offered an easy way for people to build a boat and hit the water. It was a huge success. Building on that, this year they are hosting the 10th annual Puddle Duck World Championships on Canada Day weekend. They will also continue the tradition they started last year and race for the Crowshaw Cup again this August. For more information go to www.albernipuddleduckracers.com. [Cover photo by Heather Thomson]
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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
PACIFIC OCEAN Alberta Vancouver Island
Fire, Ambulance, Police................... 911 Crimestoppers................(250) 723-8477 Wild Fire Reporting ......1-800-663-5555 Crisis Line (Adults) .........(250) 723-4050 Crisis Line (Teens) ..........(250) 723-2040
B.C. FERRIES TO VANCOUVER ISLAND
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
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
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O b On behalf h lf off council il ffor the h Ci City off P Port Alb Alberni, i I welcome l 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 o heritage attractions and see why we are so proud of our community and environment. Port Por Alberni is also known affectionately as the “Community with a Heart,” and it is this warm and inviting invitin hospitality that makes us a popular destination for visitor of all ages. Each year our community hosts a number wonderful festivals and events such as the annual Salmon Festival, Fall Fair, Toy Run and the Thunder in the Valley drag races. These events showcase our unique culture, history and community spirit. 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. We look forward to seeing you soon and as the saying goes “stay and play inn P.A.” Sincerely, CITY OF PORT ALBERNI
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Trinity Church (Anglican & Lutheran)
Grace Lutheran Church
Trinity Church (Anglican & Lutheran)
4766 Angus St. .................(250) 724-4921 4408 Redford St. ............. (250) 724-5032
Lighthouse Apostolic Church
4890 Locke Rd.................. (250) 723-7382
Baptist: Arrowsmith Baptist Church
4283 Glenside Rd. ............ (250) 724-7272
First Baptist Church
6211 Cherry Creek Rd......(250) 723-7441
Catholic: Notre Dame Parish
4731 Burke Rd. ................ (250) 723-8912
Christian Church: Gericho Road
5100 Tebo Ave. ................ (250) 723-2328
4766 Angus St. .................(250) 724-4921
For more information on events & attractions
Alberni Valley Gurdawara Society
4741 Montrose Ave. .........(250) 723-9112
Pentecostal: Elim Tabernacle
3946 Wallace St. .............. (250) 724-3371
Presbyterian Church of Canada:
www.avcoc.com • (250) 724-6535 At the Junction of Hwy. 4 & Port Alberni Hwy.
Knox Presbyterian Church 4850 Regina Ave............... (250) 723-7751
Cedar Grove Reformed 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:
Gateway Community Church
Southside Community Church 2511 9th Ave.................... (250) 724-7275
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:
4816 Compton Rd............ (250) 723-9377
4841 Redford St. .............. (250) 723-6913
Seventh Day Adventist:
4109 Kendall Ave. ...........(250) 723-6452
Guru Nanak Sikh Society 4144 8th Ave................... (250) 723-4483 Lathom Road Gospel Hall 4574 Lathom Rd. ............ (250) 724-0421 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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Located in the heart of the Alberni Valley: BARCLAY HOTEL
An exceptional full facility hotel, with many on-site amenities, Hot tub, Sauna, heated outdoor seasonal pool, ﬁtness centre, conference facilities, premier catering services, & courteous 24 hour staff.
Stamps Café Casual dining for breakfast, lunch or dinner from our West Coast inspired menu.
Pastimes Bar & Grill Great food, great friends and big screen TV’s for game night!
Cold Beer & Wine
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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. hy
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Sailing the Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet M.V. Frances Barkley
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SAILINGS Year Round • Bamﬁeld: Tues., Thurs., Sat.
Additional Summer Schedule: Ucluelet/Broken Group: Mon., Wed., Fri. June to Sept. Bamﬁeld & Broken Group: Sundays - July to August All departures 8:00 a.m. from Port Alberni’s Argyle Pier
KAYAK RENTALS • CHARTERS LODGING & MEALS AVAILABLE AT SECHART LODGE IN BARKLEY SOUND
Experience the Extraordinary 8:30am to 12 noon Every Saturday at the Harbour Quay The unique ﬂavours and ultimate freshness that only locally grown produce can provide. • Vegetable varieties not seen in grocery stores • Heritage Varieties • European Market Varieties • Free Range Eggs • Grass Fed Beef • Organic Chicken
ALL GROWN IN THE VALLEY NOT SHIPPED HUNDREDS OF MILES.
“BEING A LOCAVORE IS LIVING GREEN” Producers committed to bringing Valley residents the very best they have to offer
OPTIONAL WATER TAXI SERVICE TO BARKLEY SOUND POINTS FROM TOQUART BAY
Phone: (250) 723-8313 Toll Free: April to September
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Centennial Year 2012 marked the centennial year of the incorporation of the City of Port Alberni and the local Centennial Committee is to be commended for the tremendous time, energy and effort put into a year full of events and celebrations. 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 1912 and Alberni followed in January of 1913. As a result of 100 years of community spirit, a few legacies were left for both residents and visitors to enjoy. The Bear on the Boardwalk is a friendly character who welcomes everyone into Victoria Quay. This year there will be a wishing well installed
Harbour Quay BLUE DOOR OR Café
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• LLAMA & ALPACA Jackets, Sweaters and Ponchos. • MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN’S FASHIONS. 100% cotton blouses shirts, skirts & dresses. • LEISURE LINE OF CLOTHING From sizes up to 5x. • CHECK OUT OUR USED SECTION UPSTAIRS
The BEST Browsing Shop in Port Alberni! • Souvenirs • T-Shirts • Sterling Silver Jewelry • Native Themed Gift Ware • Much Much More!
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5417 Argyle St. 778-421-2292
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and additional commemorative street signs erected. A “Then and Now” photo book was produced, documenting the city’s landmarks from the early 1900s to today.
Brief look back
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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.
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.
Walking through history A walking tour has been set up to introduce visitors and residents to the rich history of the city. The walk
[Photos courtesy of Alberni Valley Museum]
C y a r o w s s s g i n n i g K “Where the Harbour Meets Uptown”
COLLECTABLES, SPECIALTY GAMES, SPORTS MEMORABILIA, TRADING CARDS, GAME & AUTOGRAPHED JERSEYS FRIDAY NIGHT MAGIC ON SITE Unit D - 5262 Argyle Street • Tel: 778-421-0141
Unit C 5262 Argyle St.
A SHOP WHERE UNIQUE IS THE NORM!
FINE FOODS, GIFTS & ECLECTICA
• Apparel • Accessories • Dancewear 250-723-2623
3074 Kingsway Ave. www.jenny-s.ca
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Valley History Make Our Past Your Present Heritage comes alive in Port Alberni. This community is proud to share its past with visitors. Make our past your present at: Alberni Valley Museum, Maritime Discovery Centre, Historic Port Alberni Railway Station and Steam Train excursion and the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Special exhibit, opening May 2013: Leonard Frank.
With Alberni Heritage you’ll... ...find out why the Alberni Valley Museum has become a favourite stop for so many. Discover the history and culture of this West Coast community through unique collections– beautiful baskets woven over the past 200 years by First Nations 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, lifesaving, tsunamis, and more maritime-related topics through our Heritage Lookouts, exhibits and special programs. …follow the call of the steam whistle to the restored 1912 Port Alberni Railway Station. Enjoy the ambiance of a bygone age, check out exhibits on rail history on the Island, or purchase unique gifts from the shop. Board the train here for your adventure to the McLean steam sawmill.
…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 hand to point out the sites on your journey to the historic R.B. McLean lumber camp and sawmill. …step back in time at the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Watch the steam operated sawmill cut logs into lumber just like they did in 1926 and meet the people who keep the old mill running. Characters from the Tin Pants Theatre Troupe bring the site to life as you explore the original camp buildings and check out the original logging and milling equipment. Once a week you can see an old-time logging demo with a steam donkey and heel boom. The Alberni Valley Museum year round: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Maritime Discovery Centre July, August: daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. McLean Mill National Historic Site spring season: May 12, summer season: June 29 to Sept. 1 (call for schedules and details) For steam train excursion July to September, call for reservations and details Information. 250-723-1376 www.alberniheritage.com 250-723-2181 23-2181
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Saturday, July 27th • 9 to 5 pm
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• Vitamins • Herbs • Minerals • Books • Organic Grains and Specialty Flours • Sports Supplements • Grooming Products 2955-3rd 2 29 5 Ave. 250-723-2951
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Alberni Valley sailing regatta
Around the Water
The Alberni Valley Regatta Association will be holding annual events with a variety of water sport activities, such as drag boat racing, performance boating and introductions to various water sports for youth. They will be bringing back Kristi Dobson Photo the annual Sproat Lake Regatta, on the weekend of Aug. 17 and 18. This regatta started in 1912 on the Somass River, and in 1927 it moved to Sproat Lake. It has not been held since 1962. For more information, or to confirm the date, as there may be last minute changes, call 250-723-3139.
Puddle Ducks World Championships The Alberni Puddle Duck Racers will be hosting the 10th annual Puddle Duck World Championships for the first time this year. The exciting regatta for both participants and spectators will take place along the waterfront on June 29 and 30. Puddle ducks are designed as inexpensive, easy-to-build boats enjoyed by sailors and waterfront enthusiasts both young and old. Following on the footsteps of the group’s success last year with its inaugural centennial regatta and awarding of the inaugural Crowshaw Cup, the community was a natural choice for this international event. The races will kick off from the new breakwater at Harbour Quay and span about 400 metres to the wharf at the Lighthouse Discovery Centre. Spectators can take in the action all along the boardwalk. Billed as an informal sport, the friendly competition will bring together approximately 30 boats and racers of all ages. Each team will bring a trophy to be exchanged following the final race. There is no cost to enter. The only requirements are a desire to have fun on the waters of Port Alberni and a willingness to share in the excitement of this growing sport. For more information, visit www.albernipuddleduckracers.com
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Enjoy your stay at this 100 year old piece of heritage in the heart of Port Alberni’s Arts District 5 blocks from Harbour Quay, Lady Rose dock & Steam Train station to McLean Mill
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or callll Ch Chris Anthea Finlayson at 250 250-724-5526. i or A h Fi l 724 5526 In late August, the club will host the Crowshaw Cup for the second year. The crystal sailboat trophy of the same name was donated by Ken Crowshaw in memory of his parents, Bill and Annie. The heritage family has been a part of the community for more than 100 years, and since his father spent much time working in the Alberni Canal, Ken proposed the fitting dedication of the trophy. Considering the competition last year with no wind, even a breath of air this year should provide a very exciting race. The Alberni Puddle Duck Racers have a club membership that supports members who want to be involved in this family-oriented sport. An annual fee entitles members to the club newsletter, the Duck Pond, access to workshops and sailing training and use of club-owned boats for training, racing and just for fun. Local skilled boat builders have constructed a small fleet of puddle ducks and helped others build their own over the past year. Puddle ducks are designed to cost under $300 to build and can be made by anyone, regardless of carpentry skills. The only materials needed are two sheets of plywood, two 2x4s, two 2x6s, some glue, nails, screws and caulking. A sail made of a tarpaulin is inexpensive, yet effective. Once on the water, puddle ducks are stable, suitable for kids and easy to transport. For more information on the club, check out www.albernipuddleduckracers.com.
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Martime Discovery Centre
Port Alberni’s Maritime Discovery Centre, housed in an actual coastal lighthouse, allows visitors to experience the rich maritime history of the Alberni Valley, Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. The museum is situated on the harbour front, and with its nearby companion Hutcheson Gallery, is an educational and fun attraction for all ages. From June to September, the Maritime Discovery Centre hosts various events free to the public. It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and located at 2750 Harbour Rd. Stirling Images Photography
Harbour b Q Quay For the landlubbers who enjoy the view of the water, Harbour Quay is the place to be. With a newly constructed boardwalk, visitors can get close to the Inlet to watch the wildlife play and boats sail past. The popular meeting place is home to many quaint shops, an art gallery and restaurants. Harbour Quay’s Spirit Square is a buzz of activity every Saturday for the Farmers’ Market. Fresh produce, meats, eggs, baked goods, crafts and more are provided by local farmers and artisans. A climb up the Clock Tower stairs will give you a view of the harbour on one side and the majestic Mount Arrowsmith on the other - a popular photo opportunity.
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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. Sproat Lake is a favourite place for swimming and boating. Just off the bottom of Third Avenue is home of the wind and water sports enthusiasts, where many people soak up the warm thermal winds for kiteboarding and stand-up paddle boarding.
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 the 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
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tour around the coves and inlets admiring the pastoral harmony of the lakeside homes. Maybe youâ€™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. Canada Select ++++
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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.
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 full-service 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. It is 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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Port Alberni took the 2010 title of Ultimate Fishing Town through a contest organized by the World Fishing Network. The win was a result of astounding community support and netted the city $25,000 in cash, which was used for salmon enhancement projects. Already on the map as the Salmon Capital of the World, the win was a boost to the local fishing industry.
Fish the Inlet and beyond 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, 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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Hundreds of hot rods will take to the tarmac at the 12th annual Thunder in the Valley drag races on Aug. 10 and 11. 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 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, check out www.albernidragracing.com
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Something new this year for the fans of large vintage machinery. On July 20 to 21, McLean Mill will be the site of the first Steam-Up and Antique Machinery Show, featuring steam machines from all over Vancouver Island. Some of the highlights include the newly-restored 1917 “Farquhar” steam tractor used by the R.B. McLean Lumber Co., the “Mann” steam truck from Duncan’s Forest Discovery Centre, Blackstaff’s steam engines and Ken Fyfe’s steam tractor. The steam train will be departing the Port Alberni Station to the mill at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
show off in a truck parade around the site and there will be a toy truck play area for the children. Some radio-controlled models – trucks, excavators, loaders – will be on demonstration during the weekend. Old-time logging artist Michael Dean 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.
Salmon Festival 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. This year’s salmon festival will be subject to Fisheries and Oceans Canada fish numbers and may only allow for a coho derby. For up-to-date information, go to www.salmonfest.ca.
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The Antique Truck Show at the McLean Mill on the Labour Day weekend is a must see for the vintage truck enthusiast. More than 60 vehicles are expected, scattered amongst the trees and old buildings on the mill site. Restored logging trucks, from the first small, hard rubber-tired “White” to the “Fat trucks” 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 heel boom loader. Owners will
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The 2013 Alberni District Fall Fair runs Sept. 5 to 8 at Glenwood Centre in the Echo area. The fair’s theme this year is Lumberjacks and Haystacks, celebrating 30 years of logger sports at the fair and the community’s agricultural roots. Events at the fair include live entertainment, the Amazing Race, carnival rides and games, logger sports, tractor pulls, yummy food, a home and business show, exhibits, animals and, of course, the parade. Don’t forget to buy your tickets for a chance to win a new car, $1,000 and other great prizes. For more information and updates regarding the 2013 fair, visit www.albernifair.com.
Port Alberni Toy Run The 29th annual parade of motorcycles that leaves from Little Qualicum Falls to the Fall Fair grounds takes place Sept. 14 to 15. Riders decorate their machines 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, beer garden and a show and shine. Alberni’s largest charity event continues with a biker dance Saturday evening and ends with a pancake breakfast and poker run on Sunday. For more information, contact chairman David Wiwchar at 250-731-4728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Our Town Kids of all ages will enjoy the events involved in Our Town during the summer months. Celebrating the 28th year, organizers have some special events planned. For more information, contact Echo Centre at 250-723-2181 or see the calendar at the back of this Guide for dates and themes.
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 2013, 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.
Folkfest The Port Alberni Folkfest Multicultural Society is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers who organize the Canada Day Parade in the Alberni Valley. Each year, the non-profit society also helps organize events following the parade at Glenwood Centre, including entertainment, a food fair and the giant birthday cake to celebrate Canada’s birthday. The annual parade takes place along 10th Avenue, from Burde Street to Hollywood Street. The volunteers share the spirit of positive pride in Canada and in our community, and the many traditions that find their home here. This year’s parade will take place on Monday, July 1 and the theme is Celebrate our Future.
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The inaugural Alberni Art Rave will be held Aug. 17 and 18 on Argyle Street. A demonstration art tent and a family tent will be set up at the foot of Argyle Street, while the juried art show will take place below Third Avenue. As well as the juried art show, non-juried artists will show their work in local businesses for the month of August. Musicians, entertainers, local restaurants and food merchants will be on site, adding to this festival weekend in Alberni. For info or to contribute, check at www.alberniartrave.org.
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 Around the Arts Guide, a brochure that identifies the location, medium and hours of Port Alberni is not only a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, but also operation of local artist’s studios and galleries open to the public. The the home of many artists, from painters and sculptors to actors and guide features 21 artists, including painters, jewelry makers and myriad singers. The Rollin Art Centre, a 1914 house located in the City of Port other artisans that reside in the community. More information on this Alberni, is home to a fine arts gallery, a gift shop, classroom, office and wonderful resource is available from the Alberni Valley Chamber of storage facilities. Its gardens are a showpiece and provide a popular Commerce and The Rollin Art Centre. venue for weddings. In the summertime, visitors to the Valley will want The Alberni Valley Museum presents the cultural heritage of this to participate in the centre’s Teas on the Terrace. Rollin Art Centre is unique Island community through its collections of artifacts and open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located historic photographs. This local gem, located at Echo Centre on at 3061 Eighth Ave. For more information on events and exhibits, visit Wallace Street, is considered one of the finest community museums in their website www.portalberniarts.com or call 250-724-3412. British Columbia. A collection of the museum’s archived photograph collection can also be found on the City’s website at Exhibits this year include: www.portalberni.ca. April 12 – May 11: Charlotte Bell – Acrylic & Watercolour A new lounge and dance hall opened in 2011 in the recently May 14 – June 8: Elementary School Exhibit renovated heritage building that used to first serve the Methodist, Meet & Greet: Saturday, May 18, 1-3 p.m. June 11 – July 6: Leanne Spanza – Acrylic on canvas Meet & Greet: Saturday June 15, 1-3 p.m. July 9 – Aug. 3: Group exhibit: Fabric Art, silk fusion, quilt art Meet & Greet: Saturday, July 13, 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6 – Sept. 14: Elissa Anthony-Oil paint Meet & Greet: Saturday, Aug. 10, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 17 – Oct. 12: Gittan Klemetsrud & Todd Robinson – Photography & Glass Meet & Greet: Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 15 – Nov. 9: Bob Walker Photography Meet & Greet: Saturday, Oct. 19, 1-3 p.m. In 2010, the Arrowsmith Rotary Club established a five-year plan
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Art Matter’s Society is introducing the first Alberni Valley Fringe Theatre Festival, set for June 21, 22 and 23. The Portal Players are sponsoring the event by way of donating their venue, the Capitol Theatre. At the Capitol, SteamPunk Café and Coffeehouse, the Main Artery and Char’s Landing, artists and actors will present about 10 different live theatre and art shows over the three days. A full event schedule can be picked up at The Main Artery at 4969 Argyle St. or e-mail email@example.com. Call the Main Artery at 250-723-3331 or Art Matters Society 250723-7883 for more information.
Gwynne Hunt, the director of Art Matters Society, recently relocated to Port Alberni from the Fraser Valley, and brought with her an eclectic mix of visual, creative and performing arts. Through a variety of means, the society fosters and encourages the arts, and by doing so, raises funds to benefit local non-profit organizations, mainly those which assist with violence against women. The Art Matters Society is hosting a number of upcoming events, including Social Justice and the Arts Day on May 18. From noon to 10 p.m. at Char’s Landing there will be a variety of social justice issues addressed through poetry, words and song. Jen Fisher-Bradley presents her skit “Doing Her 20 20 20s.” All daytime events are free, with the gentle suggestion of a donation. Gwynne Hunt’s play “Mudflaps” will be presented at 7:30 p.m.
DRAW Gallery represents West Coast Contemporary Canadian Art. The gallery offers artists an opportunity to share ideas and present new works. Located at 4529 Melrose Ave., DRAW Gallery is open May to December, Thursday to Saturday noon to 4 p.m. For info, go to www.drawgallery.com. The first Annual Alberni Valley Paint Out 2013 is happening on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 to 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sproat Lake Provincial Park and Harbour Quay. It is being organized with the support of DRAW Gallery in conjunction with the International Plein Air Painters 12th Great Worldwide Paint Out.
Farmers’ Market Spirit Square is home of the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market that 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. The Farmers’ Market runs year-round from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays at Harbour Quay at the foot of Argyle Street.
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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.
Public art As you walk around the Rotary Arts District in uptown Port Alberni, keep your eyes on the doors of various homes and businesses. A number of artists have volunteered their creative talents to decorate the entrances with a splash of colour. Every year, the community is invited to participate in a banner paintin during the month of May and the new batch of eclectic banner are hung above the streets all summer.
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An artistic legacy was left as a result of Port Alberni’s community Centennial celebration in August 2012. Victoria Quay is home to a new welcome figure. At the top of Third Avenue, SteamPunk Café and Coffeehouse has an innovative and functional oversized gear on display. Keeping in tune with Port Alberni’s industrial heritage, it has been transformed into a bike rack for customers. 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. 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.
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A new high school was completed to replace the aging Alberni District Secondary School that has been operating in the Valley on Burde Street since September 1951. Students and teachers stepped foot in the classrooms for the first time in September 2012 and the new school has proven to be a success in both academics and in school spirit. The school is seismically sound, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient and was 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 hosts 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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The Great Outdoors Take a Hike 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.
Inlet Trail 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.
Log Train Trail
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 kilometres. The trail is accessible at various points, making it suitable for short nature walks as well.
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ALBERNI VALLEY 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.
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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. New to the area just off the walking path near Beaver Creek Road is a fully fenced off-leash dog park at Stirling Park. The other is located at Dry Creek Park at Fourth Avenue and Napier Street. Both are popular places for dog owners to meet and allow their dogs to roam and play. The parks are equipped with doggie bags.
R If the off mo off are a number of trails popular among hikers and downhill mountain bikers. Continuing beyond the Lookout, 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.
The Lookout Behind Coombs Country Candy at the entrance to town is a gravel road access to the Lookout, providing a bird’s eye view of Port Alberni. Access is from the junction of Lacy Lake and Export Road. Interwoven
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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 Visitors’ Information Centre. The upper trail is two kilometres, while the lower trail runs a kilometre.
Rev up your motor 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.
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.
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 Coast forests, over gushing creeks and into some of the most stunning views of the Valley. It’s accessible at various points. For some more extreme cycling, challenge yourself with a wild network of downhill racing routes at the east end of town. The trails, ramps and jumps are awesome. On top of that, there is a never-ending system of logging roads and trails that will keep you exploring on your bike for hours on end. Some local trail maps can be found on the Port Alberni Cycling Club website at www.pacyclers.com and Alberni Valley Riders at www.albernivalleyriders.com
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. Contact the Outdoors Club at 250-724-4535 for information, or pick up a trail guide from the Chamber of Commerce.
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Stamp Falls Provincial Park is vast, encompassing 327 hectares of forests, rivers and waterfalls. This gorgeous provincial park – about a 25-minute drive from Port Alberni following Beaver Creek Road off Highway 4 (River Road) – is ideal for viewing salmon. The park also boasts a two-kilometer hiking trail leading to the Stamp River. The concrete fish ladders were originally installed in 1927 to help salmon pass through the rushing falls. By 1941, it was in need of repair and was again damaged in the winter of 1942. By 1950, the river experienced unusually high water levels, blocking the passage for salmon, and the current 149 metre long, vertical-slot structure was added in 1954. Of course, where there are large numbers of salmon there will be bears. Salmon is fatty and rich in nutrient, a perfect snack for hungry black bears bulking up for hibernation. Visitors are asked to use caution when bear watching, and keep their pets leashed at all times.
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Ancient stone etchings The prehistoric petroglyph etchings in the rock above Sproat Lake illustrates the area’s native culture. These remarkable remnants of the past can be seen in Sproat Lake Provincial Park, just 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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ALBERNI VALLEY Gentle in nature Signs of nature are never far away in the Alberni Valley. The Island’s rather 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 hhas just about aanything you could bbe looking for in the world of sports. The w sself-proclaimed Island ssporting capital, S’Port Alberni is home to A ssix sandbased turf fields that are well maintained throughout m tthe season and hhome to the Valley’s many soccer, rugby m aand field hockey tteams. There are two eequestrian show rings aand a 64-stall horse bbarn, and the city’s eequestrian community hholds 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 Alberni 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 slo-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.
Slo-pitch The 25th anniversary of the Alberni Valley’s Okee Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament is set to be the biggest one ever, and this year it will include a music festival with six acts. Right on Diamond 1, a stage will be set up for bands such as Johnny Inappropriate, two-time Juno Award winner Sue Medley, Femme Fatale and AC/DC cover band Who Made Who. 32 The Alberni Valley Visitor’s Guide
Mixed into the weekend, from June 29 to 31, will be a 56-team slo-pitch tournament, and the spots are already sold out. Twenty teams from the Alberni Valley are signed up, and 36 from out of town. The Alberni Valley Funtastic Sports Society, which is hosting the tournament, will be selling 1,000 wristbands for the music festival, but many are expected to be taken up by slo-pitch players. Wristbands should be available some time in June.
Billiards Alberni Valley Billiards offers enthusiasts a range of options for players of all ages. Maryann McConnell has been running the club for the past 18 years and is an exceptional player and mentor of upand-comers. The spacious hall accommodates something for everyone including eight and nine ball tables, snooker, lessons, competitive leagues, open tables for recreational use and tournaments. The concession is known for its great coffee, custom-made pizza and exceptional hotdogs. Located at 2964 Third Ave., the club is open from September to May, Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and until midnight on weekends. During the summer months, it is open for even play only. For more information, stop by Alberni Valley Billiards or call 250-723-1212.
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ALBERNI VALLEY playoffs to become the Island Champions. 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. For more information on the team, go to www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca. The Alberni Valley 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. It was an exciting year for the Midget Bulldogs who won the Provincial Championships. For more information on Alberni Valley Minor Hockey go to www.avmha.com.
Basketball 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 homecourt advantage. This year marked the 59th 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 hosted the Junior All Native Basketball Championship in March.
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Hockey 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. This year, fans filled the Multiplex to see the team, lead by head coach, Kevin Willison and assistant coach Adam Hayduk, make it through the third round of
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are running. It’s no wonder this 81-year-old facility was selected to host the 2011 B.C. Women’s Amateur/Mid-Amateur Provincial Championship. Former Canadian Amateur Champ Jackie Little 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 two years ago 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. This year the club will be hosting three open tournaments: July 10 to 11, Mens and Ladies Pairs, Aug. 17 to 18, Bowls B.C. Cash Mixed Triples and Sept. 18 to 19, Mixed Fours. There will be several inhouse tournaments during the season, and they are always looking for new members. Two open houses will take place on May 4 and May 15. For more information about the club, call 250-723-2780 or e-mail email@example.com. 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, 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. The Alberni Valley Visitor’s Guide
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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 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.
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Seven Wonders 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.
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Folks in the Alberni Valley take an enormous amount of pride in the Mars Water Bombers, now owned locally by the Coulson Group. The giant Second World War aircrafts have been a fixture on Sproat Lake since the early 1960s, becoming one of the Valley’s most renowned, yet unofficial, tourist attractions. For years, canoeists and kayakers have been able to get up close to the legendary flying boats. If you’re visiting the Alberni Valley and you hear a deep-throated 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 last 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.
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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 secondgrowth forests and past rivers and lakes before finally arriving at their destination and experiencing the power and beauty of the falls. The only way to reach the falls, other than by helicopter, is by crossing Great Central Lake. Local entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast, Ben Potter offers a water taxi service to the falls on a 16foot Arima Sea Explorer. The trip takes about an hour and travelling in groups of two to five hikers is recommended. Find more information at dellafallswatertaxi.com.
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 raillogging 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
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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. 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.
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The Alberni Valley is home to two Nuu-chah-nulth 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 Nuuchah-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.
Seven Wonders 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 Visitors’ Centre at 2533 Port Alberni Hwy. (1-866-724-9177).
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Best Western Plus Barclay www.bestwesternbarclay.com Ph: 250-724-7171 TF: 1-800-563-6590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4850 Beaver Creek Road, Port Alberni, B.C. Ph: 250-724-2900 Fax: 250-724-2924 email: email@example.com www.hojoalberni.com 3723 Redford Street, Port Alberni, B.C. TF: 1-888-724-0121 • 250-724-0121 Fx: 250-723-8867 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.redfordmotel.ca
Riverside Motel 5065 Roger Street, Port Alberni, BC TF: 250-724-9916 • TF: 1-800-636-9916 email: email@example.com
A-1 Alberni Inn
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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.
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. Within walking distance to the Marina and local grocery stores and shopping.
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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.
West Coast River Lodge
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This Beautiful Lodge is located on the shores of the Somass River and offers a Secluded, peaceful atmosphere for groups of 2-23. Centrally located on the Island this is a perfect place to get away from it all and still have easy access to local shopping and events as well as the Pacific Rim.
5279 River Road, Port Alberni, BC Ph: 250-724-3236 TF: 1-800-927-2217 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.somass-motel.ca
7379 Rincon Road, Port Alberni, BC Ph: 778-421-0868 email: email@example.com
Port Alberni celebrates its history every day through the spring and summer at the McLean Mill National Historic Site, middle, with the help of the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society, which loans out its old logging equipment, far left, and volunteers like Hugh Grist, right, who run the steam train between the mill and the train station located at the Harbour Quay. [Photos courtesy of Alberni Valley Museum]
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Cedarwood Lodge Bed & Breakfast Inn
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Char’s Landing Guest House
Cheque, 3 yes Cash EnATM Suite on Site Bath
Stirling Shores Vacation Rental
9094 Stirling Arm Drive Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7L7 Ph: 250-724-2092 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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5895 River Road Pacific Rim Hwy 4 Ph: 250-724-6800 Fax: 250-724-6887 email: email@example.com www.cedarwood.bc.ca 2610-12th Avenue, Port Alberni, BC Ph: 250-723-5940 TF: 1-877-723-5940 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.edelweissbb.ca Port Alberni, BC V9Y 1V9 Ph: 250-730-1636 www.charslanding.com email: email@example.com
SELECT ★★★★ yes CANADA Enjoy 2.5 acres of heritage gardens, 8 well-appointed guestrooms, Valet private en-suite bathrooms with shower/massage tubs. Queen beds
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Spacious air-conditioned suites with private baths. Free wireless internet.
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. Free WiFi.
We are situated on beautiful Sproat Lake, a 10 minute drive from Port Alberni. The suite has a private entrance and parking. We have a fire pit for your use, as well as a windsurfer and kayaks to explore the lake or enjoy trout fishing from our private dock. Children and pets are welcome.
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, free movies.
Campgrounds & Cottages
Arrowvale Campground & Cottages 5955 Hector Road, Port Alberni, BC 250-723-7948
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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. Farm fresh produce available.
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The Alberni Valley Visitor’s Guide
Calendar of Events 2013
MAY 2013 JULY Y 2013 May 3 - June 29 - Flowers & Dreams Spring to Summer July 1 - Canada Day Parade and Celebration: “Celebrate
Aug. 23 A 23-25 25 - Macktush Creek Campground Pig Roast and Die Hard Fish Derby, Sylvia 250-735-1352
Group Show, DRAW Gallery, Melrose Street and Eighth Avenue Our Future” Parade at 10 a.m. followed by entertainment and www.drawgallery.com food at Glenwood at 10:45 a.m, flag raising at 11:30 and cake cutting at noon http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PAFolkFest/ or May 5 - Island Cup Series, XC Mountain Bike Race, PAFolkFestfirstname.lastname@example.org Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or July 2 - Our Town (family event) 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Blair Park www.albernivalleyriders.com Theme: Wild Wild West May 9 - Walk With Your Doc, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., July 5-6 - Alberni Valley Charity Golf Classic, Bob Dailey Stadium www.albernigolf.com May 11 - Community Arts Council annual book sale, July 6 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, Echo Centre. www.alberniheritage.com May 12 - Mother’s Day Wine Steam Train Ride, July 13 - Teddy Bear Picnic, www.alberniheritage.com Chase and Warren Estate www.chaseandwarren.ca
May 18 - Social Justice and the Arts Day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Char’s Landing, Gwynne Hunt, 250-723-3331 or 250-723-7883 May 22 - HAL Amsterdam cruise ship arrives,
May 23-26 - Rotary Arts District Banner Painting JUNE 2013 June 1-2 - Community Arts Council Day with the Arts, Tickets available at Rollin Art Centre.
June 2 -
Island Cup Series, DH Mountain Bike Race, Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or www.albernivalleyriders.com
July 13 - A Country Evening Wine Steam Train, www.alberniheritage.com
July 16- Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williamson Park Theme: Music in the Park July 20-21 - “Steam-Up Weekend” (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), www.alberniheritage.com
July 27 - Pirate Train, www.alberniheritage.com July 28 - Logger Sports, www.alberniheritage.com July 30 - Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gyro Recreation Park Theme: A Bug’s Life
June 2-8 - 28th Annual Senior’s Week - Call Echo Centre
AUGUST 2013 Aug. 3 - Summer Night Sips Wine Steam Train,
June 8 - Show ‘n Shine Car Show at ADSS 9 a.m. to 1
Aug. 5-9 & 12-16 - B.C. Sailing Mobile Optimist
250-7223-2181 for info.
p.m. Call Mike Roberts at 250-731-7782 A fundraiser for scholarships for Athletics and Auto Tech
June 15 - Father’s Day Wine Steam Train Ride, Chase and Warren Estate www.chaseandwarren.ca June16 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery - Father’s Day Special
June 21-23 - Alberni Valley Fringe Festival, Gwynne
Hunt, 250-723-3331 or 250-723-7883
June 22 - First train run of the summer, www.alberniheritage.com
June 23 - Ride Don’t Hide cycling event for all ages.
A fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association.
June 29 - Summer season starts, www.alberniheritage.com
June 29-30 - Puddle Duck Racers World Championship
Sailing Race, pdracer.shawwebspace.ca
Sailing School Program, Canal Beach, 250-589-8719
Aug. 9 - Thunder in the Valley Waterfront Run (7, 8 & 9 p.m.)
Aug. 10 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, www.alberniheritage.com
Aug. 10-11 - Thunder in the Valley,
SEPTEMBER 2013 Aug. 30-Sept. 2 - Labour Day Weekend - Port Alberni
Salmon Festival, www.pasalmonfest.com
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 - Antique Truck Show, (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) www.alberniheritage.com Sept. 5 - 8- Alberni District Fall Fair, www.albernifair.
Sept. 7 - Fall Steam Special, www.alberniheritage.com Sept. 11 - The Great Big Steam Train, Mill and Wine Tour,
Sept. 14-15 - Alberni Valley Paint Out 2013, Sproat Lake Provincial Park and Harbour Quay, 250-724-2056 or www.drawgallery.com
Sept.14-15- Port Alberni Toy Run, http://m.s.shaw.ca/toyrun/
Sept. 21- Fall Steam Special and Lumber Sale,
Sept. 25- End of Summer Wine Steam Train and Mill Tour, www.alberniheritage.com Sept. 28- Italian Wine Steam Train, www.alberniheritage.com Date TBA - Sproat Lake Mountain Bike/Running Marathon, Alberni Valley Riders 250-724-6556 or www.albernivalleyriders.com OCTOBER 2013 Oct. 18-19 - Oktoberfest,
http://www.island.net/~europa/ or 250-723-6935
Oct. 20 - Cyclocross Race at Farmer Bill’s, Alberni Valley Riders, 250-724-6556 or www.albernivalleyriders.com NOVEMBER 2013 Nov. 22 - Spirit of Christmas Train (evening),
Aug. 6 - Starlight Movie Night, Bob Dailey Stadium at dusk Nov. 22-24 - Christmas Village and Festival of Christmas Lights, McLeanMill Aug. 13 - Extra Special Summer Run 10 a.m. only, www.albernihertitage.com Nov. 29-30 - Christmas Village and Festival of Christmas Lights, McLean Mill Aug. 13 - Our Town (family event) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Harbour Quay Theme: Up, Up and Away Nov. 30 - Santa Train (TBA),www.alberniheritage.com Aug. 17 - Starlight Express (evening), DECEMBER 2013 www.alberniheritage.com Dec.1 - Christmas Village, McLean Mill Aug. 17-18 - Alberni Art Rave Juried Art Show and Dec.1 - Santa Train, (times TBA), Festival, Argyle Street, www.alberniartrave.org www.alberniheritage.com Aug. 24 - Beaufort Gang Train Robbery, www.alberniheritage.com
The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce (www.avcoc.com) continually updates a complete list of local activities and] 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).
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