Events

Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge

Every Spring the good folks within the local Wind Community put on an awesome event called the Alberni Canal Downwind Challenge (ACDC). Typical winds in the area during a warm summer day will flow from south to north along the inlet (canal) thus making it relatively easy for the paddleboarders to go the 9km from China Creek Campground and Marina to Canal Beach. In addition to the experienced paddleboarders the group puts on a training session for newcomers to the sport who learn to hone their skills at Canal Beach. All in all a great day to be on the water. 

AV Hospice Annual Butterfly Release

The Butterfly Effect is a butterfly release fundraiser for the Alberni Valley Hospice Society.

Our first release was held Saturday, April 30, 2016.
We raised over $11,600!

It included kids' activities, live music, swing dancing, food trucks, facepainting, planting the garden, and more! The annual event is now planned for the second weekend of June where hundreds and perhaps thousands of people will converge on Canal Beach in Port Alberni to help the AV Hospice Society continue with their wonderful work. Butterflys are released by many as a way of honouring their loved ones many of whom have used the services of the AV Hospice Society. 

Canada Day Parade

Join us for the 61st Annual Canada Day Parade in Port Alberni this July 1st. Our parade features many creative floats all of which start on Stamp Avenue outside of the Catalyst Parking lot. The Parade will start at the sound of the Steam Whistle from the 1929 Baldwin Steam Train which will be about 1.5 km away - south of the Parade Start. Once the whistle goes the train will head north which the parade heads south. At the same time 'racing the train' will be runners from all over BC as they embark on a 10k Race the Train to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Spectators will enjoy an amazing sight with the train in the background desparately trying to keep up to the athletes as they head north on their journey. On the other side of the road will be the creativity of many floats as those people work their way to Port Alberni's Harbour Quay area. Once at the Quay the party takes over with many vendors set up for all to enjoy! Visit us in Port Alberni for a most unique and enjoyable Canada Day! 

Five Acre Shaker MusicFest

Five Acre Productions threw their 3rd Five Acre Shaker and this year it was held at McLean Mill National Historic Site. McLean Mill is the perfect location with 32 acres of space for camp sites for RV, campers, and tenting. This year the Five Acre Shaker hosted 40+ bands and performances, multiple stages, food and merchandise vendors, art and culture. Saturday night estimated 500 people!!

Summer 2018 Dates: August 10th-12th 

More info at: http://www.fiveacre.ca/

Jane Austen Festival

A step back in time that hundreds of people look forward to every year! Port Alberni is planning for the world Record which would see us have more than 400 people dressed in period attire. Very cool! Look for the event every July in Port Alberni, BC

In 2018, our final count for the Jane Austen Guinness World Record Count was 349 people!

 

Jeepers Creepers

Join the fun at McLean Mill every Halloween Season for the Jeepers Creepers Event. Held over three days in October the event will only grow in subsequent years. Kids Activities, scary houses for adults and for children and lots of fun childrens' entertainment. 

Also be sure to catch the Haunted Train to the McLean's Mill!

2018 dates are October 26-28

Photo Credits on this page to: Darran Chaisson Photography. 

 

Light Up Alberni

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring back the Christmas Light-Up Alberni. Our event for 2017 will include tours by bus on each of the first three Sundays in December courtesy of Alberni Island Shuttle. Buses will leave from the Blue Marlin Inn on the 10th and 17th and from Harbour Quay on the 3rd. Tours will include all registered homes/businesses as received by the Chamber of Commerce by tour date. Tours will include a stop at the McLean Mill National Historic Site where you'll disembark walk the site and then join the team there in the Visitor Hall where you'll enjoy baked goods, hot drinks and some nice Christmas Music. The event is made possible with a generous donation courtesy of the SAN GROUP in Port Alberni. Homes/Businesses will register to light up and will then be voted on by people touring the community. Find out more at our registration site at: http://www.albernichamber.ca/events/light-alberni

 

Some of the pictures included on this page were taken at Light Up Participant - Naesgaard's. Once again they've outdone themselves with their Christmas Displays. It is a MUST VISIT this season as per usual. 

Photo's courtesy of Darran Chaisson Photography

 

No. 7 Challenge (now part of the Tri-Conic Challenge

The No. 7 Challenge came under the umbrella of the Chamber of Commerce for the 2016 race which was held on May 1, 2016. We attracted over 200 people to our inaugural event that year. Our goals with the race are to eventually compete with larger, much larger train races held throughout the world. A feature event is the Puffin Billy Race near Melbourne Australia - it attracks upwards of 3500 people every year. Another big one happens near Dublin Ireland. They had better look over their shoulders as our event grows. 

 

The No. Challenge Challenge became part of the Tri-Conic Challenge in 2017 and that continues for 2018. Please see our information on this site re the Tri-Conic Challenge - run the train. For 2018 it happens on Father's Day! 

 Tri-Conic is found here: http://www.facebook.com/triconicchallenge  and the website with registration links is here: http://www.triconic.ca

Okee Dokee Slo-Pitch Tournament -Funtastic

Almost 80 Slo-pitch team show up in Port Alberni for the annual Okee Dokee - Funtastic Ball Tournament. Lots of games and as you can see via the pictures.....lots of fun too! The tourney is huge and runs over 3 three days during the Canada Day Weekend. Music at night and best of all the fund raised through the event all go to various local charities. Impressive! Make sure to mark Port Alberni on your calendars for Canada Day Weekend every year!

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