"Port Alberni I live here" Port Alberni by canuck68

Port Alberni Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 107 photos

Scenic Views of Port Alberni

We are blessed with some wonderful scenery in the Alberni Valley. We are surrounded by mountains and also have impressive waterways. One is the Somass River which runs into the Alberni Canal which continues out to the Pacific ocean.
On the river at this time of year (Sept-Oct) it is possible at low tide to see bears fishing in the river for salmon. They are quite an impressive site.

Our Harbour Quay is a hive of activity in the summer.
Locals and tourists enjoying coffee or a meal outside; families walking around looking at the scenery and shops all make for a fun afternoon..

The picture above was taken from the Quay but in November. The shot is taken toward the Pacific Ocean.

Bears and Fishing.

Many folks like to go down to the Somass River at low tide and see if they can spot a bear fishing. It's fun to watch.

Elsewhere in the town bears are fairly prevalent in bush areas and do come into residential areas where they feast on the fruit from trees and also garbage. They frequently knock over garbage cans and leave a nice mess behind.

Fishing .....More

Fishing is popular in the Alberni Valley. ....both sport and commercial fishing on the Alberni Canal and even further to the Pacific Ocean. Those who wish to hire a boat and guide can do so at the Clutesi or China Creek Marinas or by consulting the Chamber of Commerce.

The Mars water bomber pictured below is the pride of the Alberni Valley. When the roar of it's engines is heard, everyone on the streets is looking up.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Set in a beautiful valley with beautiful lakes and rivers.
  • Cons:Can sometimes forget to stop raining.
  • In a nutshell:Port Alberni has beautiful scenery and is a great place to live or visit.
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  • canuck68's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Thanks Ann. Our big hurdle is getting folks to stop on their way to Tofino,

  • Ann75's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Another great page, Diane! I didn't know there was that much to do in Port Alberni, I think it would be a good place to stop for people on the way to Pacific Rim National Park. Great tips and wonderful photos. I enjoyed reading all your tips!


  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Well, I wasn't too far btw!

  • breughel's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    This is the place where I would like to have my kayak and be a bit younger to paddle over the lake!

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Hi Diane - good to see you will not go hungry in Port Albernini - what a great selection, spoilt for choice but I rather fancy a visit to your Little Bavaria 'cos I've enjoyed a couple of visits to the original over the years:)

  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Wow, Diane - what a stupendous photo!
    Fingers crossed, I might be lucky enough to be in your neck of the woods later in the year.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Mmmmm, I was so close.........

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    This looks like a very nice place and the scenery great-especially that long canal of Alberni. You have showed a great aspect of the town.

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    Some great photos of your region you have managed to post.

  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Diane your corner of the world looks fascinating. The bald eagles and the bears fishing would be worth seeing. Hope you are enjoying some warmth in Canada at this time, bit cool here.

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