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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.

Sunset Motel
Sunset Motel
2 out of 5
3611 McIntyre Drive, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $80 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Situated in Port Alberni, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink, Rollin Art Centre Gallery, and Alberni Pacific Railway. ...
3.2/5 (47 reviews)
"good location and clean place"

Reviewed on Aug. 25, 2020

Sunset Motel
Hospitality Inn
Hospitality Inn
3.5 out of 5
3835 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $99 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
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! (804 reviews)
"was nice"

Reviewed on May 1, 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 CA $156 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 14
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! (351 reviews)
"Quiet"

Reviewed on Apr. 2, 2021

Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
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.
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
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples
Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples
Port Alberni, BC
This Port Alberni cottage is on the beach, 1.9 mi (3 km) from Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and ...
5/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
Beautiful getaway
"My sister and I stayed here and it was a perfect little local getaway from reality. Absolutely recommend!"

Reviewed on Jun. 1, 2021

Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples
Take a Deep Breath........unwind and let the Natural Beauty Take you Away......
Take a Deep Breath........unwind and let the Natural Beauty Take you Away......
Port Alberni, BC
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture, and Raptors Centre. Chase and ...
5/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Very relaxing
"Our young family enjoyed a long weekend here. While the weather wasn't the greatest so we didn't go out onto the lake, our kids enjoyed playing on the beach or lounging on the deck. We mostly relaxed indoors with the fireplace and enjoyed the peace and the beautiful view. The suite was very clean ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 5, 2021

Take a Deep Breath........unwind and let the Natural Beauty Take you Away......
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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