Port Alberni

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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,884 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
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. ...
3.1/5 (57 reviews)
"Very retro, but EVERYBODY should stay in a mid-century motel once in awhile, just to see (or remember) what it's like."

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Sunset Motel
Hospitality Inn
Hospitality Inn
3.5 out of 5
3835 Redford Street, Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥9,086 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
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 ...
3.8/5 Good! (906 reviews)
"Helpful staff. Convenient, quiet and clean."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 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 ¥11,472 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (409 reviews)
"The property was in a great location for getting to other places. It was near the water for a bit of walk and a view. The room was a bit small and did find ourselves "walking around" each other in a few narrow places. But the staff were overall excellent and even made sure we could get a plug in ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 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.
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
Port Alberni, BC
The price is ¥16,062 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located on the beach, this family-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Raptors Centre, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
We really enjoyed our stay at Martin & Janis’s place. Great hosts and great accommodations.
"The suite was very well stocked with everything you need. The lake front area was a fabulous place to hang out and cool off. We will return to this peaceful lovely place."

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

"The Guest House" on beautiful Sproat Lake!
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
Located on a lake, this family-friendly vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Sproat Lake Petroglyphs, Raptors Centre, and Nuu-Chah-Nulth Whaling Canoe Sculpture. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (79 reviews)
relaxing fall trip
"We enjoyed our little fall trip to explore vancouver island and celebrating our anniversary. The location is perfect to go to Tofino, Qualicum Beach, Port Alberni, parks etc. The house is well designed and very cozy and clean. Sipping coffee on the dock in the morning overlooking Sproat Lake while ..."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Take a deep breath........unwind and let the natural beauty take you away.......
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
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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