The Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre re-opened to the public on Monday, July 6th 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 - Saturday 10am to 4pm. We are currently CLOSED on Sundays. 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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Reasons to Move Here

Central Location

Port Alberni is central to the business and recreational opportunities and the outdoor and cultural experiences of Vancouver Island and British Columbia.

  • To the west -- spectacular Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Barkley Sound, and Clayoquot Sound.
  • Just 30 minutes east are the ocean side communities of Qualicum and Parksville.
  • Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, is a two and one half hour drive south on excellent highway.
  • The big city attractions of Vancouver are just three hours distant by highway and ferry.

Great for Families or Retirement

Port Alberni Is a great place to raise your family or retire.

  • We have the most affordable housing and real estate on Vancouver Island.
  • We offer good schools and a community college with university transfer, vocational and continuing education, and ElderCollege courses.
  • Our High School - ADSS opened its new 58 million dollar location in September of 2012. Arguably one of the finest learning institutions in BC if not all of Canada!
  • Sports programs and recreational opportunities for kids, teens and adults are extensive, accessible and affordable.
  • We have a fabulous variety of programs and activities that cater to seniors.
  • Our brand new, modern hospital is anchored by first class local health care services.
  • All public facilities and services are within 10 minutes and the City is serviced by an excellent public transit system.

City with A Heart

Port Alberni has a phenomenal history of volunteerism and caring for others. If you are from a larger city, you will be surprised by the deep sense of community and belonging found here.

With an overflow of volunteers, enthusiasm and goodwill, the people and service clubs of Port Alberni are uniquely generous with their time, energy and funds to support worthy causes and help those in need.

Rich Heritage of Arts & Culture

A community that encourages creative expression and that cares about its past makes a rich place to live. Folks here are passionate about preserving their heritage, and the community is also home to many accomplished artists, artisans, musicians and performers.

Our arts, cultural and heritage scenes are creative, varied and accessible to all. You can be a spectator or a participant in award winning dance, music and drama programs, instrumental and choral music groups, live theatre, painting and sculpting. Or volunteer with one of our many local societies formed to celebrate our diverse maritime, forestry, farming, and early homesteading history.

In addition to the several commercial galleries showcasing local arts and crafts, the Community Art Council’s Rollin Art Centre houses a fine arts gallery, a gift shop and breathtaking gardens.

The renovated heritage Capitol Theatre is home to live theatre and the performing arts.

Our Heritage Network attractions are a great places to impress your visiting friends and relatives. You can ride a steam logging locomotive, tour the Steam Powered Mill (not currently operating - but it is operational), get an up-close view of our working harbour, or view local history first hand at our Museum, which is considered one of the best in the province.

Port Alberni is proud to be in the center of Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations territory, which goes back 10,000 years. Approximately 10% of our local population is First Nations. Both the Tseshaht and the Hupacasath are currently developing several initiatives to showcase their heritage and culture.

Clean Air & Pristine Water

Clean, fresh air and safe drinking water are among the most precious resources for any community. Port Alberni has both.

The manufacturing of wood pulp in the Alberni Valley, and the odour associated with it ceased in 1992. Our paper manufacturing plant has installed state-of-the-art emission control systems. Air quality in the Alberni Valley now among the best on Vancouver Island and around the province -- and we have the data to prove it.

Port Alberni also has an abundant supply of pristine and delicious drinking water and a rigorous regime of ongoing testing. The City values these resources highly and is committed to protecting them.

Affordable Real Estate

The Alberni Valley has some of the most affordable real estate on Vancouver Island. Many properties come with mountain or water views.

Where else can you buy a decent family home for $300,000, an executive-style home for $400,000, or live in West Vancouver elegance and quality for 500,000? In Port Alberni, a prospective home-owner can easily find a home, be it a character home or otherwise, with views of the Alberni Inlet, the mountains or in many cases....both. Often for less than $350,000. Check out our MEMBER LISTINGS for a Realtor Expert who can assist you in your search.

Desirable locations also include beautiful Sproat Lake, a residential and recreational paradise. Acreage is also available in the surrounding Beaver Creek area for those interested in hobby farming or extensive gardening.

West Coast General Hospital

Port Alberni’s 52-bed hospital opened in 2001. This beautiful and practically designed building includes emergency, diagnostic, ambulatory care and inpatient departments. Single and double rooms have views of the surrounding gardens and wooded areas. The four maternity rooms are designed for ultimate comfort and personal care to accommodate the mother and her baby throughout the entire delivery process and following hospital stay.

One of the many extraordinary features of the hospital building is the tranquil inner garden health square. Thoughtfully chosen seating pieces and arrangements amid lush plantings under a glass sky dome provide a pleasing and relaxing atmosphere for visitors and for outpatients awaiting treatment.

Adjacent to the hospital, in a separate building, is Westhaven multi-care facility, home to extended care residents. It’s 32 individual living quarters are at ground level, with garden views and walkways. Residents have their own private rooms and washrooms, but share a common area for meals and activities. There are also quiet visiting areas for entertaining guests. Modern detailing and soft colours give the complex a homey and comfortable feel within a village-like atmosphere.

Best Sports Town in BC

Competitive and recreational sports reign supreme in Port Alberni -- hockey, curling, golf, rugby, swimming, basketball, badminton, indoor and outdoor tennis, skating, wrestling, martial arts, soccer, field hockey, bowling and lawn bowling, track and field, softball and fastball, gymnastics and squash. You name it, we’ve got it. We turn out superb amateur athletes and host first class competitions.

Port Alberni has numerous well-equipped and maintained sports fields and indoor facilities. The new Alberni Valley Multiplex, with twin 200’ x 85’ ice sheets, is home to the fast and slick competitive hockey of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, plus a variety of public ice programs.

We offer a picturesque and challenging 18 hole, championship golf course with a full-facility clubhouse and a nine-hole executive golf course, plus fitness clubs, racquet sports, swimming, curling, ice skating, lawn bowling and more. Outdoor opportunities include hiking, climbing and camping, whale watching and ocean kayaking in spectacular Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound and, of course, salmon fishing, and boating.

Salmon Capital of the World

If you want to "limit-out" before noon, Port Alberni is for you! Recreational salmon fishing in Port Alberni is simply awesome!

The Stamp River system has over one million salmon returns annually.

The calm waters of Barkley Sound and the Alberni Inlet harbour some of the biggest salmon around. There’s also great fly fishing in our rivers. Local fishing and boating outfitters can supply all your needs, or you may want to use one of our many local fishing charter services.

The Port Alberni Salmon Festival is a major 3-day event held annually on Labour Day weekend. Join in the fun for a chance to win daily prizes of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, as well as the grand prize of $7,000 for catching the “big one” of the derby! Strong, Sustainable Forestry Economy

For more than 100 years we have cut and milled our local forests. They provide enterprise, industry, employment and recreation for thousands of residents and their families. With each direct industry job leading to two indirect jobs, our forest industry makes a significant contribution to our local tax base. Sustainable forest management practices are key to ensuring that this renewable resource will benefit our community indefinitely.

Need More Info?

Contact the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce at (250) 724-6535, or our Mayor, at (250) 735-7177.