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.

 

 

#PurchasedInPA

Port Alberni's unique Shop Local Program! Branded as #PurchasedInPA the event stretches from December 1st every year through to end of Business day on the 24th. Local shoppers may find themselves interrupted during the course of their shopping spree at any of the area's businesses (67 stops planned for 2019). If they're lucky enough to feel the tap on their shoulder they may well win a $25.00 Gift Card for that business courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, City of Port Alberni #ExplorePortAlberni.

Each participating store also contributes a $100.00 gift card to the program meaning that for 2019 we have $6700.00 worth of gift cards, in addition to those puchased by us totalling another $1675.00!

The $100.00 gift cards will be awarded to lucky shoppers based on weekly draws held in December and a Grand Prize draw in January. Top prize for 2019.... THIRTY X $100.00 local gift cards!

 

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. 

Arrowsmith View Market

The 2019 season has wrapped up for the market - stay tuned for updates in spring 2020!

The Arrowsmith View Market is a seasonal night market, happening every Wednesday during the summer in Uptown at 3rd Avenue between Argyle Street and Angus Street. Visit the street vendors selling a little bit of everything: Homemade baking, fresh fruits and veggies, vintage glassware, hard-to-find books, local honey and beeswax products, yummy kettle corn, body lotions and soaps, funky fashion and accessories, cosmetics, and more! Every week there is live music so you can groove as you move between the vendor tables and local businesses who are open until 9pm! Check which ones have sales for market night only!

This event is brought to you by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. We would like to thank our 2019 Gold Level Sponsor: The Women in Business group, as well as the many generous sponsors we had for the 2019 season: 93.3 The Peak, Forever New Consignment, Alberni Community & Women's Services Society, Five Acre Productions, Animal Ark, Blue Marlin Inn, Brie & Barrel, Cloud City Apparel, Char's Landing, Foxglove Design & Consign, Flandangles Kitchen & Gifts, Double R Meats, Full of Beans Play Cafe, KJ Riggins Clothing Co., Gibson's Fine Linens, The Salvation Army Alberni Valley Ministries, Steampunk Cafe, Treadsetters, Twin City Brewing. Another thanks Special thank you to Cliff Sieben for the photograph of Mount Arrowsmith used for promotion.

Information: themarket@albernichamber.ca or 250-724-6535. We are also on Facebook.


Vendor Information

Vendor applications will be updated for 2020. Below is a link to the 2019 Vendor Application Form for your reference. Direct inquiries to themarket@albernichamber.ca or visit us at the Visitor Centre.

 

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

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