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Port Alberni

Travel Guide
Port Alberni featuring a marina

See steam-powered logging, ancient stone carvings and salmon leaping up waterfalls in the fertile forestlands around this port.   

Port Alberni offers access to incredible forest environments and wildlife spotting opportunities. Since 1789, this settlement has fed off its location at the tip of the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island, which has allowed its dual industries of fishing and lumber to flourish.

Make your base in downtown Port Alberni, a settlement of over 17,500 inhabitants nestled in the mountainous Alberni Valley. The visitor center here provides useful maps to develop your Port Alberni itinerary.

Learn about the area's history at the Alberni Valley Museum, which features indigenous artifacts in its First Nation exhibit. See exciting earthquake exhibits at the Maritime Discovery Centre and get insight into the Alberni logging industry at the McLean Mill National Historic Site. This site has been restored to operate as it did in 1965. It’s the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada.

Reserve a day for a relaxing tour on the MV Frances Barclay, a cruise ship that has operated since the 1960s. Stop by small coastal towns like Kildonan and Bamfield and spot black bears on the riverbanks. Take a ride on the Alberni Pacific Railway and journey through the valley forestlands.

Drive to Sproat Lake and see the waterfalls at Fossoli Provincial Park. Nearby, swim at the Two Rivers Arm, see ancient stone carvings at the Sproat Lake Petroglyphs and enjoy a seafood meal at the Fish and Duck Pub. Alternatively, tour Nahmint Lake and admire its tranquil vistas. In early summer or fall, take a morning excursion to Stamp Falls and watch hundreds of salmon jumping upstream.

Follow mountain biking circuits through the rugged Alberni Valley terrain. Work on your long game at one of two world-class golf courses near town. Put on some hardy boots and explore the pine tree forests and dripping caves of the Log Train Trail. Experienced hikers can take on the 5-hour round trip of Judges Route to the peak of Mt. Arrowsmith.

The Port Alberni Airport is a 90-minute drive from downtown. Though the port can be navigated on foot, visitors are advised to rent a car to get to surrounding attractions.

Hospitality Inn
Hospitality Inn
3.5 out of 5
3835 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is $119 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in the heart of Port Alberni, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink and Rollin Art Centre Gallery. Alberni Pacific ...
3.9/5Good! (830 reviews)
"Some of the recent ratings for this property had me a little skeptical but when we arrived we received a friendly greeting as well as a quick and easy check in. We were notified upon arrival that the kitchen was still closed due to the provincial restrictions and that way fine. The room was clean ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Hospitality Inn
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
3 out of 5
4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
The price is $141 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Situated in Port Alberni, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Alberni Valley Multiplex ...
4.3/5Excellent! (371 reviews)
"Probably the best place to stay on Port Alberni"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Swept Away Inn
Swept Away Inn
2.5 out of 5
5505 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is $121 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Situated in Port Alberni, this beach houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Harbour Quay and Alberni Pacific Railway. Rollin Art Centre Gallery and Hole In The ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"This is a very unique experience. The hosts are wonderful and the boat is cozy."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Swept Away Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Swept Away Inn
Swept Away Inn
2.5 out of 5
5505 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is $121 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Situated in Port Alberni, this beach houseboat is within a 5-minute walk of Harbour Quay and Alberni Pacific Railway. Rollin Art Centre Gallery and Hole In The ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (57 reviews)
"This is a very unique experience. The hosts are wonderful and the boat is cozy."

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Swept Away Inn
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Port Alberni, BC
Situated on the waterfront, this cabin is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from McLean Mill National Historic Site and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Chase and Warren Winery. Nuu-Chah-Nulth ...
Floating Cabin Great Central Lake Vancouver Island
Sproat Lake Family Retreat Pets are Welcome!
Sproat Lake Family Retreat Pets are Welcome!
Port Alberni, BC
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture, and Raptors Centre. Chase and ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect last minute getaway with kids and dog
"Perfect last minute getaway with the kids and the dog. Nice walk down to the lake and my goodness what a beautiful lake for swimming!"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Sproat Lake Family Retreat Pets are Welcome!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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