Port Alberni is a unique and friendly enclave where you can experience an engaging blend of outdoor and indoor activities and attractions. Only 193-km (120-mi) from the provincial capital, the city boasts a magnificent, deep-sea port at the head of the Alberni Inlet opening into Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
The city, and surrounding valley, enjoys a moderate climate and is well-known for it's breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by mountains, freshwater lakes and streams, the area is wildly popular for its salmon sport-fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, waterskiing/wakeboarding, hiking, mountain biking, ATV'ing, golfing and wildlife viewing.
Just a few of the many sites and attractions around Port Alberni are listed below. For information or to plan your next trip to Port Alberni please contact the Visitor Centre or Alberni Valley Tourism.
The Alberni Harbour Quay features a colourful collection of waterfront shops, galleries, and eateries, and is also where you'll find the clock tower, which grants panoramic views of the Alberni Inlet. The Spirit Square Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings is always busy. You will also find the boarding area for the MV Frances Barkley, a passenger and freight vessel that offers scenic journeys to Bamfield and Ucluelet on the west coast. Take a stroll to view the commercial fishing fleet, large shipping vessels and pleasure craft marinas. There's also a children's park for families to spend the afternoons. Back to Top
The McLean "Steam" Sawmill is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale. The resident Tin Pants Troupe make history come alive as they entertain with stories of days gone by, and guided tours of the site. You'll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, and lumber carriers. Back to Top
Experience the rich maritime history of the Alberni Valley, Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. Port Alberni's Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront adjacent to the city's deep-sea harbour. With its companion Hutcheson Gallery this museum is dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting our fascinating cultural, environmental and industrial maritime history. Back to Top
Explore our heritage and discover what makes Port Alberni tick. Discover collections that tell the story of community history, Nuu Chah Nulth art and culture and our industrial roots from logging to fishing and farming - and see our unique folk art. The Alberni Valley Museum presents the cultural heritage of this unique Island community through its collections of artifacts and historic photographs. It is considered one of the finest community museums in British Columbia with a unique and experimental visible storage system to make almost the entire collection available to the visitor all the time. Back to Top
Come Ride the Rails on the Alberni Pacific Railway.
You can board the train pulled by our completely restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive at the 1912 CPR Station and ride out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. The track winds through the City of Port Alberni and then the surrounding forests for 35 minutes each way. Back to Top
Year round festivals and events take place in the Alberni Valley including the Salmon Festival and Thunder in the Valley drag races, but we have more! Many of the local festivals, fairs and markets are free, or low-cost, and are packed with activities for all age groups. Check out this listing of upcoming events and mark your calendars. Festivals / Fairs / Markets
Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Rollin Art Centre features work by local & regional artists. Tea is served on the Terrace during the summer months. Open year-round, visitors will enjoy its ever-changing displays, unique gift shop, and beautiful grounds. Back to Top
Kitsuksis Dyke Walkway
Sproat Lake & Taylor Arm Provincial Parks
Theatre / Arts
Port Alberni has both a live theatre venue and also a movie theatre as part of the wide array of entertainment options. Click on the link below to view links and other information on these facilities.
In late summer or early fall, head to the park's Stamp Falls. Watch as thousands of Pacific salmon circle in the pool below the falls before ascending fish ladders on their way to spawning beds. Just 20 minutes from Port Alberni, this provincial park is also a great place for family day trips or summer camp-outs. Take time to hike through the lush forest and river rapids of this wonderful park. Back to Top