The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre re-opened to the public on Monday, July 6, 2020 with many safety protocols in effect.

  • The Visitor Centre will host a maximum of 6 Guests at a time in addition to no more than 2 Employees
  • Visitors to the Building will see a TABLE in front of the doors restricting entrance to the Building. This table will have pertinent and updated information displayed based on current Health Orders in the Province of BC
  • We ask that Visitors do not attempt to challenge this requirement. Our employees are doing what they're asked to do; please respect that courtesy. 
  • Hand Sanitizer is available for your use both at the table and inside the building
  • Washrooms are OPEN (outside) for your use. They are cleaned frequently through the day
  • Hours of operation are: Monday - Sunday 10am to 4pm. Note that the washrooms are accessible during open hours only
  • Our employees are stationed behind physical barriers. We ask that Visitors not attempt to circumvent the barriers. Please respect that for the safety of all
  • Please notice and respect the floor stickers that are positioned at least 2 meters apart. The PHO orders continue to mandate Physical Distancing in all situations. 
  • Maps, Brochures and other publications are available by request only. We ask Visitors not to attempt to access any of these publications. Please allow us to do that on your behalf. 
  • Please take notice of the posters on our Windows describing the Symptoms of COVID - 19 and please respond accordingly.
  • Please do not leave personal garbage on our property or in the garbage cans. 
  • Please do not discard used MASKS or other PPE on our Property. Doing so increases the risk to our Employees
  • Overnight Parking or Camping is not permitted. Note Signage that does grant us right to have unidentified vehicles towed at owner expense. 
  • Our Employees have all reviewed our COVID - 19 Protocol Measures and all understand the importance of following guidelines as presented, and often updated, by the Provincial Health Officer. 
  • Our Employees are not permitted to work if feeling unwell and if symptoms indicate the potential for COVID - 19 they will be asked to submit to a test and will not be permitted back to work until confirmation of a Negative Result and/or confirmation that the incubation period has expired. 
  • Our Facility is cleaned several times during the day including a full clean prior to close/open every day. Said clean includes the use of a commercial cleaning device (think Ghostbusters) that sprays a cleaning solution similar to what is used on tables throughout the facility. This equipment and product is highly recommended by the Island's largest Cleaning Service 

We are pleased to have you back! 

Alberni Chamber of Commerce - The Voice of Business for the Alberni Valley

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The ALBERNI VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE  is the “voice of business” for the entire region. Registered under the federal Boards of Trade Act, the chamber is a membership-driven organization focused on continually improving the business climate in the community.


Our vision is to make the Alberni Valley a leading business-friendly community in BC.


We support and promote our business community, through advocacy, education and communication.

Accomplished through:

  •  Supporting and promoting members and the business community at large.
  •  Being the focal point for tourism and visitor services.
  • Advancing the general welfare of the community.
  • Communication to the Member Community via Newsletters, e-blasts, social media, etc.
  • Dinner / Networking Meetings held periodically throughout the Port Alberni area designed to foster Networking opportunities while featuring guest speakers on pertinent informational topics.
  • Annual Business Excellence Awards held each April where approximately 18 - 20 Awards are given out to deserving individuals and business organizations in the community.
  • Through our various Committees such as the Government Relations one we monitor and comment on Local, Provincial and National matters that affect the well-being of our community.
  • Coordination of the Ambassador Program in the Alberni Valley; a program where volunteer retirees give back to the community by way of their presence at Cathedral Grove, Harbour Quay and other local venues. These locations see an abundance of travellers, many from other Continents, who are keen to learn more about the Alberni Valley.
  • Management of the Mobile Visitor Center - a combination of a branded mini-van with #ExplorePortAlberni prominently displayed along with a utility trailer that is brought to higher scale events. The MVC is branded with the Visitor Services logo for easy identification.
  • Organizating and managing of specific events such as: The Paper Chase a 15k run as part of the Vancouver Island Race Series each March.  In the recent past we organized both the No. 7 Challenge and the Tri-Conic Challenge which featured a running race against the local Steam Train. These races are currently on-hold as we await for a potential return of the train. Perhaps 2021 or 2022?
  • We involve ourselves in many areas that affect or could affect the well-being of the employers in the Alberni Valley. Recent projects that we've been involved with include: Development of the local Airport, Protecting local tax-payers from unnecessary purchases by local government such as a garbage truck that we felt wasn't necessary. We've also been heavily involved in the SRKW/Fraser River Chinook issues affecting the Recreational Fishing Industry throughout Vancouver Island. We're working with others through our Board of Directors on projects such as new Signage for Port Alberni, an RV Pull-out, Beautification and potential roundabouts. The Chamber has led the push with the BC Government to do 'something' about the chaos through Cathedral Grove and that is now high on the agenda for Government.
  • We have hosted two major projects through the Rural Dividends program including the Tourism Training Program of 2015 - 2017 and the Entrepreneur Training Program of 2018 - 2020.

Chamber Committees

Membership Committee:

  • Tasked with maintaining our general membership and attracting new members to the Chamber as well as maximizing membership benefits and communications. Chair of the Committee is Director - Peter Wienold

Awards Committee:

  • Tasked with the annual Community Excellence Awards event. Chaired by Bill Collette with other local people involved. The Committee meets at least monthly starting in October every year. The committee itself is tasked with sourcing out nominations either through their own local observations or through business connections they may have. We are always looking for more people to be part of this committee. 

Business Committee:

  • Tasked with improving the business climate in the Alberni Valley
  • Projects on the go:
    • Shop Local - known here under various different themes including: Try Home First, 
    • Chaired and managed by Bill Collette with staff support

Government Relations Committee:

  • Tasked with analyzing various City, Regional and Provincial documents, bylaws and overall policy, the Government Relations Committee is our most active and involved committee. Meeting monthly at the Chamber office (Every 2nd Tuesday at 7:30am) the GR Committee welcomes new members and input. The Committee routinely offers suggestions to City Leaders on Bylaw recommendations and through our suggestions we have seen a number of ajdustments to policy. Current members of the CA Committee include: Chair Michael Moore  , Bill Collette, Peter Mugleston,  Brad Minton,  Sharie Minions, Bill Brown, Bob Cole & Jan Lavertu. WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF THIS ALL IMPORTANT COMMITTEE. 

Junior Achievement Committee:  Currently on hold pending a restart by JA

  • Tasked with delivering the provincial Junior Achievement program in SD 70 schools.
  • A volunteer team of "mentors" present "business in the real world" classes to SD 70 students. Volunteers always welcome.
  • Chaired by Bill Collette.



  1. Waste Management Committee: Gail Horvath
  2. Transportation Committee: Daniel Savard
  3. Alberni Valley Bulldogs: Suzanne Dube
  4. Heritage Committee - Bill Collette
  5. Alberni Valley Health Network: - Bill Collette

Visitor Center

The Chamber also holds a fee-for-service contract with the City of Port Alberni to house and operate the Visitor Centre. This is a fully sanctioned Tourism BC information centre, offering firstline, professional travel counselling and information for potential investors.

 Our mandate is to promote events, attractions and services available within the Alberni Valley and deliver first class travel counselling to visitors and locals, alike. Our Visitor Centre brochure racking services prove most valuable to businesses of all kinds in the region.

As the voice of business in the valley, our success is directly dependant upon membership strength. We invite you to enquire about the many benefits offered through chamber membership.

Our contact information:

Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce
2533 Port Alberni Highway
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8P2
Ph: 250-724-6535