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Port Alberni
Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels in Port Alberni

Hospitality Inn
Hospitality Inn
3.5 out of 5
3835 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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 ...

3.9/5Very Good! (791 reviews)
Would stay again

"Nice place, had a small issue with one room they quickly moved us to a better room"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2020

Hospitality Inn
Riverside Motel
Riverside Motel
2 out of 5
5065 Roger St, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated near the boardwalk, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture and Raptors Centre. Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (229 reviews)

"Room was clean and tidy. I was surprised there were two rooms with two separate beds. Really enjoyed my stay and would recommed to my friends for sure."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 5, 2021

Riverside Motel
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
3 out of 5
4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $121 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

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! (346 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Staff friendly and helpful. Rooms clean and fresh."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Port Alberni

Swept Away Inn
Swept Away Inn
2.5 out of 5
5505 Argyle Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is CA $159 per night from Mar 31 to Apr 1

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! (54 reviews)
Super cute boat and wonderful hosts

"Had a wonderful one night stay on the tug - super cute and well maintained boat. The best part however was the hospitality of the hosts - really friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately we couldn't get dinner on the boat the night we were there but if breakfast was anything to go by it would be worth ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2020

Swept Away Inn
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! (29 reviews)
Great getaway!

"Had such a nice time at the cabin! The cabin has everything you could possibly need including some kayaks and a bbq! We will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2021

Charming Cabin on the Lake Romantic Getaway for Couples
Lakefront Studio
Lakefront Studio
Port Alberni, BC

Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly apartment building is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Alberni Pacific Railway, and Rollin Art ...

Lakefront Studio
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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Reviews of Port Alberni

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 30, 2020

port alberni is a beautiful place to go visit and has tons of places to walk and visit with family and loved ones plus tons of places for walks and hikes

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 14, 2020

Nice location, very impressive mountain scenery. I wouldn’t go there just to see the town itself, but it’s OK if you have some other reason to be there. (I did.) Plenty of supermarkets, stores, etc.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 2, 2020

Feels like home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Sep 3, 2019

I really like it here. I’m thinking of settling down here in the near future. Nice scenery.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Aug 30, 2019

a suggestion is to gate off the stairway near the main entrance as it seems to me to be an accident waiting to happen that someone is going to tumble down the stairs either little kids or someone a bit disoriented.

4/5 - Good

Ting

Aug 23, 2019

Nice quiet small town with pretty nature.

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