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! 

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Rural Opportunities Funding

Jul 1, 2020 -- Bill Collette

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill Collette – Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 250.724.6535

Chamber working in partnership with Community Futures Alberni- Clayoquot, Tofino Chamber of Commerce & Ucluelet Chamber of Commerce

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a working agreement between ourselves and the West Coast Chambers alongside a commitment from Community Futures Alberni-Clayoquot.

The agreement provides funding through CFAC – via a grant received from the Rural Opportunities Fund that gives each of the three Island Chambers the financial support needed to help our local businesses recover and reimagine.

AVCOC will be using the funds to increase staffing and develop programs so that at least two people within the organization can work with Business Owners who need support. Our initial focus will be to continue the development of an online presence for the entire business community.

Through this initiative we expect to offer Business Training programs through face to face or online Webinars that will assist our Business Community in new growth opportunities.

As recently as this week the CBC confirmed that the Canadian Public is now doing more than 10% of their shopping online.

With the support of CFAC, the interaction among the three Chambers, and the strength of our local team we look forward to keeping Port Alberni and Vancouver Island Businesses top of mind, and more importantly - top of Google.

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is a Federally Registered Organization – since 1966 that serves in the best interests of the Business Community. AVCOC currently has over 460 Member Listings on our Website.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Bill Collette – CEO at 250.- 724-6535 or via email: or Anita Sutherland – Projects Manager - via email at:

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Gift Shop, Food Services, Camping, Events, Tours

PORT ALBERNI, BC, January 30/20. The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce has been awarded an ‘Operation and Management Agreement’ to Manage and Develop various business opportunities that exist at the McLean Mill.

The Agreement specifies operations within the ‘Non-Historic’ areas of the site though it also allows for activities in the Historic Zones with prior approval from the City of Port Alberni.

The Chamber recognizes the importance of Tourism Activity and Development throughout the Alberni Valley. With a growing International awareness of Vancouver Island as a Destination area – rated top 20 in the world - CNN January 2020, we believe that the timing is right to develop the McLean Mill as a destination in its own right. At the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Conference held in October of 2019 the CEO of Tourism Vancouver Island was quoted with: “We must develop Tourism on the Road Less Travelled.” The quote was referring to the reality that Vancouver Island has many lessor known and lessor visited areas – thus the Road Less Travelled.

During the next weeks and months the Chamber will focus attention on the confirmed weddings and events followed by the development of the Gift Shop, Food Services, Campground and Tours; all of this with the intent of putting Port Alberni on the map for visitors from around the world.

The Chamber looks forward to working with our many partners in the Business Community so that all of the Alberni Valley benefit from this exciting opportunity.

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is a Federally Registered Organization that serves in the best interests of the Business Community. AVCOC currently has over 320 Members.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Bill Collette – CEO at 250.-724- 6535 or via email:

Visit us online at: