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Air tours with Pacific Seaplanes

To fully appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds Port Alberni, a scenic air tour is a must.  Pacific Seaplanes offers an exciting array of tours departing from the Port Alberni Harbour.  The Della Falls Spectacular tour incorporates majestic mountain views, Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake valley enroute to Canada’s highest waterfalls.  The Port Alberni Panorama tour crosses the beautiful Alberni Valley with picture perfect Mount Arrowsmith and features an overview of the famous Martin Mars Tanker Base, the worlds’ largest flying boats.  For an exhilarating experience on the edge of Canada take the Great Pacific Tofino tour.  Some of the highlights of this breathtaking tour include Tofino township, world famous Long Beach and the Sea-Lion Rocks, Ucluelet, and Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands.  This tour can be customized to include aerial whale watching, a side trip to Hot Springs Cove, holding the aircraft and other options.  The Fjord Fly & Cruise tour is a trip with a lifetime of memories.  Departing Port Alberni Harbour cruising on the MV Frances Barkley through Alberni Inlet rimmed by soaring peaks, truly a world class Fjord.  The cruise continues through Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands, viewing the West Coast wildlife up close.  Arriving at Bamfield or Ucluelet (alternate days) the adventure continues in the air with a return to Port Alberni over the stunning Edge of Canada landscapes.  Pacific Seaplanes also provides daily scheduled flights to Vancouver and direct flights to Bamfield, Ucluelet and Barkley Sound locations.

 

More information:

www.pacificseaplanes.ca

 

 

Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre

West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association was created in 2002 by a group of concerned citizens in order to preserve, protect and enhance aquatic species and their natural habitat. In the last three years the organization has conducted over a million dollars of habitat restoration projects as well as salmon enhancement improvements. The WCASA runs with four primary pillars including; habitat restoration, species enhancement, protection and education/stewardship. The Alberni Aquarium was developed under the Education branch and opened to the public on May 1, 2016. 

Stay in touch with the Aquarium and its programs right here:  https://www.facebook.com/AlberniAquarium/

The video attached was produced by Peter Mieras of Rendevous Dive Adventures 

https://vimeo.com/246040876

Alberni Pacific Railway

 
The Alberni Pacific Railway has long been a top feature of the Alberni Valley. Operated initially by the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society alongside an agreement with the City of Port Alberni it is currently (2019) not operating for financial reasons. The WVIIHS (IHS) are working tirelessly to return the 1929 Baldwin Steam Engine to service as it had a boiler issue in 2018 that made it inoperable. The locomotive is currently undergoing a complete rebuilt largely via Volunteer efforts to bring it back to life.
 
In the past and hopefully in the near future the train with a passenger capacity of +/- 185 people will travel from the Port Alberni Train Station at our harbourfront to the McLean Mill National Historic Site.
 
Many in Port Alberni are optimistic that Train Service may reopen on a limited basis in 2020 and on a full scale basis in 2021. We sure hope so! In the meantime come for a visit to the Train Station and/or the McLean Mill where you can learn more about our historical activities on the CP line servicing Port Alberni for many years.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs play in the BCHL (British Columbia Hockey League) along with several other teams from throughout BC plus one from Washington State. The Dawgs as they are commonly referred to play an exciting brand of up-tempo hockey in a league where many players are scouted for future careers in the game. In fact, most players in the BCHL will go on to higher level hockey be it in College programs NCAA or at the professional levels including some who eventually find their way to the NHL.

The Dawgs play in front of boisterous fans in Port Alberni often numbering 1200 or more fans. In fact, Port Alberni with the smallest overall population in the leauge routinely places two 2 or 3 in game attendance.

The games are generally held on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and occasionly there will be mid-week games. Puck drop is typically 7pm (2pm on Sundays) making for a wonderful way to spend an evening with friends and other hockey fans. 

On July 18th, 2019 the BCHL board of governors granted unanimous approval for Keycorp Sports & Entertainment Ltd to acquire a majority share in the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Joining Keycorp Sports and Entertainment are Ron Coutre of Victoria, Dennis See, Stefanie Weber and Tim Maclean all of Port Alberni.  The new group is joined by the Port Alberni Junior Hockey Society to round out the club’s ownership.

Keycorp Sports & Entertainment will be leadership in the group and will oversee all hockey and business operation decisons.

ABOUT KEYCORP SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT LTD:
Keycorp Sports & Entertainment Ltd is a subsidiary of the Keycorp Group of Compainies.  To learn more about Keycorp Sports & Entertainment, please visit www.keycorpsportsandentertainment.com

 

Photo credits: Darran Chaisson Photography

 

Alberni Valley Heritage Network

The Alberni Valley is home to a host of Heritage Tourism attractions that are sure to impress anyone and everyone. The McLean Mill, the Maritime Museum, Alberni Steam Train & the Alberni Valley Museum are just a few of the impressive places to visit. The Steam Train is the only one of its kind in operation on all of Vancouver Island and is one of five in the entire Province. The AV Museum is considered one of the finest community museums in all of British Columbia. It uses a unique and experimental visible storage system to make almost the entire collection available to the visitor all the time. You can see temporary exhibits about Local and International Art, History, Culture and Science over the course of the year. The Museum also offers many varied and challenging school programs for a wide range of grades. It is a must see while in Port Alberni! The McLean "Steam" Sawmill was operating up to the end of 2016 when it was a feature demonstration at the site. While still in an operational mode the Sawmill is now being used as a Static Display due largely to the high costs of operation. Tours are available during the summer season and because it's no longer operating our guests can actually go to the inner workings of the sawmill. It's quite amazing!

You'll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, and lumber carriers. The McLean is a National Historic Site that provides its visitors with a step back in time. A wonderful place to visit! Port Alberni's Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront adjacent to the city's deep-sea harbour.  With its companion Hutcheson Gallery this museum is dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting our fascinating cultural, environmental and industrial maritime history. 

These attractions are a must see for all who visit the Alberni Valley. Sense the raw adventure, tales of heroism and moments of mystique, grandeur and romance that tell the story of our intriguing west coast.

Included in some of the pictures below are shots from the No. 7 Challenge an annual 10 km road race vs. the Steam Train pitting athlete against the mighty 1929 Baldwin. Check us out at:http://www.no7challenge.ca

Picture credits on this page go to Russ/Brenda Widdess, and Dan Fredlund. Used with permission and THANKS!

 

 

 

 

Capitol Theatre

Before the inception of the Capitol Theatre, the Port Theatre operated on First Avenue across from the former Alberni Hardware. It opened in 1914 under the management of Jack Warren. Walter Hamly oversaw the theatre's day to day operation and his wife too care of the company's books. Capacity was 200 and shows were first offered every Wednesday and Saturday nights. An Edison cylinder gramophone supplied the music for these first movies - silent ones they were! Read more about the history of the Capitol Theatre and its operating Board of Directors - Portal Players Society.  http://atthecapitol.org/?page_id=69

Today the Capitol Theatre is operated by the Portal Players Dramatic Society through which a number of plays are conducted annually.

 

 

 

Char's Landing

Since arriving in Port Alberni over 7 years ago Charlene Patterson has stirred up the very air with her amazing energy and commitment to music entertainment. Through Char's Landing Charlene has developed a unique environment that attracts musicians from all over the Country and Internationally. With excellent acustics in the converted church Char's Landing is a favourite for the traveling performer. Watch Char's Facebook page for updates on events and other programs offered at the venue.

 

Stay in touch with Char here

http://www.charslanding.com

or here

https://www.facebook.com/CharsLanding/?fref=ts 

 

China Creek Marina and Campground

Are you on an RV adventure? China Creek Campground and Marina is a perfect location for and RV camping (or other) experience. With over-sized sites and full or partial services available you have the convenience of hooking up to water, power and sewer supported by an on-site sani-dump. China Creek Campground is a short drive (gravel road - check your insurance if renting) but well worth it! Situated on the Alberni Inlet about 16 km from the Port Alberni waterfront you'll be in paradise! During June/July experience the magic of hundreds of Sports Fishers on the water looking for the best of the Salmon as the Sockeye return to Spawn in our River system. Later day throughout the summer enjoy the magic of the wind as the enthusiasts for that growing sport take to the air in their colourful Kite-Boards. The campground features sites to suit most any outdoor enthusiast ranging from tenting right up to the large rigs. Many sites are powered - many are on the water either facing the Inlet itself or on the other side along the beautiful creek setting.

https://www.facebook.com/CityofPortAlberni/videos/354151605325184/

Della Falls

Located in Strathcona Provincial Park, Della Falls is the tallest water fall in Canada, with a vertical drop of 440 meters! While it is a beautiful hike to Della Falls, keep in mind that it takes about 7 hours each way, and requires a water taxi to the trail head:

"Hello from Doug and Chris of Della Falls Water Taxi.

Welcoming in 2018! 

If you are thinking about planning a hike to Della Falls get your booking in early as a few people were disappointed last season because the dates they wanted to go were already booked up.

Our boat is a 20' Hourston hardtop powered by a Suzuki 225HP outboard motor. It can carry 7 passengers plus gear plus the skipper. We have the boat moored at the marina in Great Central RV Park and Marina.

 

The Meeting address is 11000 Central Lake Road. Head west out of Port Alberni on Highway #4 and after about 12 km turn right onto Central Lake Road. Go another 8 km and pass through the buildings and tanks that belong to the fish hatchery. About 100 meters further you will come to a T intersection where the pavement ends and the entrance to the resort is straight ahead. There is no parking inside the resort so once you reach the T intersection and see the entrance sign, turn around and park against the chain link fence. It's just a 2 min walk from there to the boat in the marina."

Please visit our website for prices and schedule: https://alberni.ca/business-directory/della-falls-water-taxi#sthash.czM8...

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • Email  doug@dellafallswatertaxi.com
  • Cell phone; 1-250-720-5363 (Doug)
  • Cell phone, 1-250-290-0062 (Chris)
  • Facebook (Della Falls Water Taxi)

Contact us for reservations or any other questions you may have and we will do the best we can to help make your trip be the best it can be.

 

Diving

The Barkley Sound is world-renown for it's incredible diving conditions. In fact, the National Geographic Magazine recognized Vancouver Island as one of the best cold-water diving destinations in the world. People travel from around the world to explore famous wrecks in these waters.

Scuba diving in BC (British Columbia) on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada is a spectacular and unique experience. Since 1973 great encounters with wolf-eels, giant Pacific octopus, sea lions, six gill sharks and much more have been our trademark. Combine this with great home made meals, whale and wild life viewing options and amenities such as a hot tub on the viewing deck, kayaks, a dedicated camera / classroom and you can see why we are one of the premier dive charter operators and a prime dive destination in Canada.

PHOTO CREDIT:    Torbjörn Gylleus

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: Peter Mieras 

 

 

This excerpt is taken from Rendezvous Dive Adventures a wonderful setting near Port Alberni and nearer yet to the magic of the Barkley Sound area. 

http://rendezvousdiving.com/

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