Events

Jane Austen Regency Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a light lunch in Regency style on Saturday April 13th from 2-4pm at the Alberni Valley United Church, 3747 Church Street. Regency attire is appreciated. 

Lunch includes a selection of teas, sandwiches and sweet treats.

While you enjoy these pleasures of the table, the Regency Players orchetra will complete the Regency ambiance with period music, and the English Country Dancers will perform dances that Jane Austen and her friends enjoyed.

 

 

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

Everyone is welcome to join the Alberni Valley Hospice Society on Saturday, June 22nd for their annual butterfly release at their new location in 11th Avenue Park.

The annual butterfly release event celebrates the transformation from one stage of life to another, paying symbolic tribute to the loved ones we have lost.  Butterfly release, live music, kids activities and more! 

Release a butterfly for fun, or in memory of a loved one.

 

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. 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! 

Cruise Ship visits

Port Alberni is once again hosting Cruise Ships! This year we'll host the MV Maasdam operated by Holland America. The Maasdam will arrive in Port Alberni on each of: Saturday, May 25th (8:00am), Saturday, June 15th (8:00am) and Saturday, July 6th (10:00am). The Cruise starts and finishes in San Fransico and in all cases Port Alberni is the 2nd to last stop. That's wonderful for us! The cruises are 21 days in duration. The ship carries a little over 1250 passengers and about half as many crew so....lots of activity is likely in our Harbour Quay area. The ship will anchor out in the harbour and 'tender' passengers to/from the finers at Centennial Pier. 

 

The Chamber is working with many local partners to ensure that we have a wonderful and exciting welcome for the Cruise Passengers. We'll have a significant First Nations presence and welcome, we'll likely see Dragon Boaters out in the Harbour too (please be aware that there is an exclusion zone around the ship. Once at Harbour Quay the passengers will witness some exciting First Nations entertainment followed by an information booth just outside of the Starboard Grill. Beyond that will be several areas with other Entertainment options as coordinated by Todd Flaro - Alberni Teens Can Rock. There will be significant presence of the Jane Austen folk who will be dressed in period costume. We'll have at least 32 Booths set up for those who wish to market their wares (by application) and of course the normal Saturday morning market will also be in full swing - likely for the whole day. We expect to have a handful of Food Trucks set up to complement the local vendors at Harbour Quay so that we can manage the anticipated crowds. Just down the way will be significant activity at the Maritime Heritage Museum including the opportunity to watch the geniuses who are creating the Language Revitalization Pole. There will be much more going on!

 

If you or someone you know is interested in setting up a Vendor table (we provide the space only) then please contact us at the Chamber or Melissa at the Rollin Arts Centre. We will take first come first served. Cost for the day is $30.00.  Reach Melissa at: admincac@shawcable.com

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!!

More info at: http://www.fiveacre.ca/

 

Photo credits to Lyndon Cassell Photography & Darren Chaisson Photography

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