About Port Alberni

As I was born and raised in this magnificent city, its magic and splendour has not been lost on me. From affordable housing and friendly neighbours, to breathtaking views and recreation, Port Alberni is the ideal place to live.

Nestled on the edge of the west coast, Port Alberni is centrally located to all the best that Vancouver Island has to offer: minutes from Sproat Lake, close to the West Coast Trail and oceanside resorts of Qualicum and Parksville, nearby surfing at Long Beach, and only 2 ½ hours to our province's capital city of Victoria.

Raising a family or retiring in Port Alberni is second to none. The Valley has a vast network of social programs, recreation, schools, and shopping to cater to the young and young at heart. Here is a list of just a few of the things that the city has to offer:

  • Affordable housing and real estate
  • Excellent school system, including French immersion schools
  • North Island College with university transfer courses
  • New modern hospital
  • Sunshine Club (for +50 years)
  • The Rollin Art Centre complete with a traditional Japanese garden and a replica of Port Alberni's first bandstand.
  • The Multiplex with twin-sheets of ice and home to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs
  • Steam train locomotive with rides to McLean's Historical Mill
  • Exceptional restaurants and shopping

Port Alberni has long since lost its title of "just another mill town". The Valley is redeveloping itself as a tourism destination. With incredible surroundings — including waterfront quays, the towering trees of Cathedral Grove, and the amazing waters of Sproat Lake — the opportunities for outdoor recreation and ecotourism activities make it an ideal destination for the outdoor enthusiast.

If it's your first time to the Alberni Valley or you are looking to be a tourist in your own town, be sure to visit the Valley's 7 Wonders:

For more information about Port Alberni and its history, visit the following resources:

Port Alberni Attractions & Entertainment

Alberni Golf Club: www.albernigolf.com
Alberni Museum: www.alberniheritage.com
The Capital Theatre: www.atthecapitol.org
Chances Rimrock Gaming Entertainment: www.chances.ca/locations/rim-rock
Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley: www.portalberniarts.com
Paramount Movie Theatre: film-can.com/cinema
Park and Recreation: www.portalberni.ca/healthy-living-guide
Port Alberni Bands: www.portalbernibands.com
Port Alberni Wonders: www.portalberniwonders.com/history.html
Port Alberni Tourism: www.albernivalleytourism.com

Port Alberni Restaurants & Food

Buy Low Foods: www.buy-lowfoods.com
Chances Rim Rock: www.chances.ca
Clam Bucket Restaurant: maps.google.com/maps
Cutting Wedge Pizza: www.cuttingwedgepizza.com/gallery.htm
Dairy Queen: www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/store-locator
Dolce Vita Bar Grill & Seafood: (250) 724-5050
Extra Foods: extrafoods.ca
The Little Bavaria Restaurant: www.littlebavariarestaurant.com
Panago: panago.com/home.html
Pescadores Bistro: (250) 736-1100
Quality Foods: www.qualityfoods.com
Safeway: safeway.ca
Sehmi Japanese Restaurant: www.timberlodgerv.ca
Serious Coffee:www.seriouscoffee.com
Smitty's: www.smittys.ca/Locations.aspx
Starbuck Coffee Company: www.starbucks.ca/en-ca/_Our+Stores/_Store+Locator
Swale Rock: www.swalerock.com
Tim Hortons: www.timhortons.com/ca/en/index.html
Waters Edge Pub Style Bistro: maps.google.com/maps

Port Alberni Services & Utilities

2010 – 2014 5 Year Financial Plan: www.portalberni.ca/node/459
Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District: acrd.bc.ca
BC Hydro: www.bchydro.com/contact/key_numbers.html
Canada Post Smart Moves: ssl.postescanada-canadapost.ca/smartmoves
Chamber of Commerce: www.avcoc.com
City of Port Alberni: www.portalberni.ca
Community Futures: www.cfac.ca
Fire and Rescue: www.portalberni.ca/fire-department
Landfill Info: www.acrd.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=120
RCMP: www.portalberni.ca/RCMP
Recycling: www.acrd.bc.ca/cms.asp?wpID=222
Shaw Cable: www.shaw.ca
Telus: telus.com
Tseshaht First Nations: www.tseshaht.com
West Coast General Hospital: www.viha.ca/finding_care/facilities/west_coast_general_hospital.htm

Port Alberni Transportation

BC Ferry Schedules: www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland
Public Transit: www.transitbc.com/regions/pta
Port Alberni Maps: www.portalberni.ca/node/301
Road Conditions: drivebc.ca/map.jsp

Port Alberni News

Alberni Valley News: www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_central/albernivalleynews
Alberni Valley Times: www2.canada.com/albernivalleytimes
The Peak Radio: www.933thepeak.com
The Pennysworth: www2.canada.com/pennyworth/news/thiswasthen
Weather: www.theweathernetwork.com/weather
Westcoaster.ca: www.alberniportal.ca

Port Alberni Real Estate

Financial Institutions Commission: www.fic.gov.bc.ca
National Home Warranty: www.nationalhomewarranty.com
Vancouver Island Real Estate Board: www.vireb.com

Out of Town REALTORS®

Tara Hearn: Victoria

Moving and Storage

Budget Car and Truck Rental: bcbudget.com
Budget Self Storage: www.budgetstorage.ca/self_storage/portalberni.htm
U-Haul: new.uhaul.com
Unilock Mini Warehouse: maps.google.com/maps

Port Alberni Education

North Island College: www.sd70.bc.ca/
School District 70: www.sd70.bc.ca/

Daycare and Preschools

ABC Christian Childcare Centre: (250) 724-2161
Discovery Preschool: (250) 723-2181
Hummingburde Child Care Centre Society: (250) 723-4919
New Beginnings Early Learning Centre: (250) 724-5020 www.nbelc.com
Shining Star Child Care Centre: (250) 724-9699
Stepping Stones Preschool and Out of School Care: (250) 723-5431

Port Alberni Job Opportunities

Alberni Valley Employment Centre: www.avemployment.ca
BC Job Network: www.bcjobnetwork.com
City of Port Alberni Employment: www.portalberni.ca/node/182
Indeed: www.indeed.ca
Westcoaster.ca job listings: www.westcoaster.ca/jobs/jobs-in/Port-Alberni

Port Alberni Churches & Religious Organizations

Alberni Christian Fellowship: (250) 723-2328
Alberni Valley Gurdawara Society: (250) 723-9112
Arrowsmith Baptist Church www.arrowsmithchurch.com
Christian Reformed Church: (250) 724-1434
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (250) 723-9377
Elim Tabernacle: (250) 724-3371
First Baptist Church: (250) 723-7441
Gateway Community Church: www.gatewaychurchpa.ca
Grace Lutheran Church: www.gracelcc.ca
Jehovah's Witnesses (250) 723-7041
Khalsa Diwan Society Port Alberni (250) 723-2390
Lathom Road Gospel Hall: (250) 724-0421
Lighthouse Apostolic Church: (250) 723-7382
Notre Dame Parish (Roman Catholic): (250) 723-8912
Presbyterian Church – Knox www.presbyterian.ca
Salvation Army Church: webapp2.sallynet.org/DServices/Location.aspx
Seventh-day Adventist Church: (250) 723-6452
Southside Community Church: (250) 724-7275
Trinity Church – Anglican and Lutheran ELCIC: www.trinityportalberni.org
United Church of Canada: www.albernivalleyuc.com