The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is situated in the heart of Vancouver Island with one of the most dramatic and majestic landscapes around. It is a unique and friendly enclave where you can experience a unique blend of outdoor and indoor activities and attractions. The city of Port Alberni boasts a magnificent, deep-sea port at the head of the Alberni Inlet opening into Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean.
The city, and surrounding valley, enjoys a moderate climate and is well-known for it’s stunning scenery. Surrounded by mountains, freshwater lakes and streams, the area is wildly popular for its salmon sport-fishing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, waterskiing/wakeboarding, hiking, mountain biking, ATV’ing, golfing, wildlife viewing and so much more.
Culture and Visitor Attractions
McLean Mill Historic Site: The McLean “Steam” Sawmill is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement as the sawmill cuts wood and take a ride on the Alberni Pacific Railway.
Harbour Quay: The Alberni Harbour Quay features a colourful collection of waterfront shops, galleries, and eateries, and is also where you’ll find the clock tower, which grants panoramic views of the Alberni Inlet.
Maritime Discovery Centre: Experience the rich maritime history of the Alberni Valley and Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. Constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, this truly is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront and adjacent to the city’s deep-sea harbour.
Alberni Valley Museum: The Alberni Valley Museum presents the cultural heritage of this unique Island community through its collections of artifacts and historic photographs. It is considered one of the finest community museums in British Columbia with a unique and experimental visible storage system to make almost the entire collection available to the visitor all the time.
Festivals / Fairs / Markets: Year round festivals and events take place in the Alberni Valley including the Salmon Festival and Thunder in the Valley drag races, but we have so much more to suit any taste or age group!
Rollin Art Centre: Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Rollin Art Centre features work by local & regional artists. Tea is served on the Terrace during the summer months. Open year-round.
Sproat Lake & Taylor Arm Provincial Parks: Sproat Lake is one of BC’s finest freshwater lakes for water sports such as water-skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming and windsurfing. Two separate parks with campgrounds and large day-use areas make this lake a popular destination for campers and picnickers alike.