Port Alberni, BC: Vancouver Island’s Wild West Coast

Port Alberni, BC is a majestic and enchanting deep port city located within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inlet. The perfect destination for anyone looking to experience the Wild West Coast of Vancouver Island for themselves, Port Alberni is a welcoming and enticing lumber and fishing town.

Featuring awe-inspiring old-growth forests, Canada’s highest waterfall, and a 40-kilometre fjord to the Pacific Ocean, Port Alberni is quickly becoming one of the most desirable vacation spots for people worldwide. Voted one of “North America’s Most Amazing Places to Fish”, Port Alberni, BC is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise.

With a community of under 20,000, it may come as a surprise to see the diverse range of attractions that can be found in Port Alberni. Here is a look at some of the top attractions and things to do when visiting Port Alberni, the sister-city to Abashiri in Japan.

See How the Wild West Was Won

The people of Port Alberni have done a wonderful job preserving and presenting the stories of Vancouver Island’s wild West Coast. The town itself would not have existed if not for the Alberni Inlet, a narrow saltwater channel that connects the isolated port.

There are four “can’t miss” venues run by the Alberni Heritage Network: The McLean Mill National Historic Site, the Alberni Pacific Railway, the Alberni Valley Museum, and the Maritime Discovery Centre. There are numerous organized and educational activities that introduce children and adults alike to the city’s influential past and present.

Fish in One of the “Most Amazing Places” in North America

If fishing is your sport, you won’t be disappointed by Port Alberni’s options. The town is well-known amongst serious sport fisherman, as it has the infrastructure, professional guides and charters, bait, and gear stores to support the influx of men and women alike looking to nab the catch of the day. Port Alberni also has several government-supported stocking programs, meaning there is certainly no shortage of hungry fish!

Get Your Hockey Fix

Port Alberni, BC is also home to the Alberni Valley Multiplex, the home rink of the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs hockey team. Founded as an expansion team within the British Columbia Hickey League in Burnaby, BC in 1998, this junior “A’ team moved to Port Alberni in 2002. A major attraction for people throughout the area, the 60-game season offers plenty of chances to catch the popular Bulldogs.

Outdoor Adventure for Everyone

For those who love the outdoors and are always up for adventure, Port Alberni, BC is just the place for you. Sitting beneath Mount Arrowsmith, Port Alberni is almost completely surrounded by breathtaking mountains. These mountains provide numerous opportunities for hiking, walking, and mountain biking, allowing you to take in Port Alberni from a whole different perspective! Della Falls, the tallest falls (442 m) in Canada, is accessible by boat from Great Central Lake or by Helicopter.

When visiting Vancouver Island, don’t forget to stop by and see us in Port Alberni!

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