WATERFRONT & MARINAS

Port Alberni has been called the Salmon Capital and earned the first 'Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town' title. We are a maritime community whose historic and current identity cannot be separated from our connection to water – both saltwater and fresh. The deep sea port, river estuary, 6 marinas, world-class fishing, multiple marine suppliers, shipyards and nearby access to some of the largest and clearest lakes on Vancouver Island are all a testament to how much water is a way of life and one of the city's primary economic drivers.  

We live for the water.

Western Vancouver Island's Deep Sea Port

Port Alberni is located at the terminus of the Alberni Inlet, home to one of the finest deep sea inland harbours in North America.

With a length of 40 kilometres and an average width of 1.5 kilometres, the Inlet can easily handle Panamax size vessels. The western end of the inlet widens at Barkley Sound, with the communities of Ucluelet and Tofino to its north and Bamfield to its south.

The waters are generally calm, free from navigational obstacles, free of ice year round, and provide a direct shipping route to the Pacific Rim and international markets. 

One City, Two Incredible Waterfronts

The Harbour Quay and the Victoria Quay are each only a 5-minute drive apart. And they might become even closer: Planning is currently underway to determine the viability of connecting the two Quays via a waterfront boardwalk. 

The Harbour Quay

South Port Alberni's waterfront
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The Harbour Quay is located the terminus of the Alberni Inlet, next to the only deep sea port on Vancouver Island's west coast

The Harbour Quay is a little nucleus of activity, replete with summer live music, a waterfront play park for families and the Spirit Square Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

Stroll the site, investigate local shops and dine or snack at a local eatery: Seafood with a waterfront view? Taco feature of the day? Handmade chocolate treats and the best donuts on Vancouver Island? Wander down Centennial Pier and see the MV Songhees, a restored historic tugboat converted into Swept Away Inn, the city's only floating bed-and-breakfast. Continue onward to take in the view down the Alberni Inlet and during the afternoon when the wind picks up, see why the Alberni Valley is the regional hotspot for kiteboarding. On your way back climb the stairs of the iconic clock tower for a 360 degree view of the city and don't leave without visiting the Alberni Aquarium & Stewardship Centre.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions Around the Corner

Only a short walk away there's even more to do:

  • See the historic train station and Bamfield lifeboat display
  • Take the MV Francis Barkley to Bamfield (or Ucluelet in the summer)
  • Shop and dine at Kingsway Crossing (Argyle & Kingsway)
  • Watch ships load and unload at Port Alberni Terminals
  • Boat-watch at Tyee Landing and Fisherman's Harbour
  • View exhibits and the replica lighthouse at the Maritime Discovery Centre

Attractions Up the Hill

Head up Argyle Street into the Rotary Arts District:

Attractions 7 Minutes Away

Drive to Waterfront Park, the city's newest waterfront beach at the end of Plywood Drive!

  • Outdoor beach volleyball court
  • Swimming
  • Fire pit
  • Covered picnic site

The Victoria Quay

North Port Alberni's waterfront
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The Victoria Quay is part of the Somass River estuary located at the base of Johnston Road/Highway #4.

Victoria Quay is the region's premiere bear-watching location. When the salmon runs are active bears can regularly be seen across the river at low tide. Try your luck or consult a tide guide to determine optimal viewing times and while you're there be on the lookout for river otters, eagles and the occasional seal. 

Before or after your wildlife viewing experience stroll the boardwalk, stopping to see the monumental Nuu-chah-nulth welcoming figures and the Nuu-chah-nulth whaling sculpture at the base of Johnston Road. Walk a little bit further to boat-watch at Clutesi Haven Marina, or plan to come back and launch your boat for some fishing. The marina is named after George Clutesi, one of the city's notable residents. In the summer and fall visit the vendors and food trucks and top off your meal with locally gathered blackberries.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions Nearby

Cross the street from the marina to be connected to the Kitsuksis Dyke Trail Loop, a gentle, paved pathway bordering Kitsuksis Creek and one of the city's most popular trails. Back in town and directly across the street from Victoria Quay, explore the densely packed local shops and eateries or drive your car to the J & L: One of the last authentic drive-in restaurants in Canada. Then rest your legs at nearby Roger Creek, a green oasis with old giant maple trees, a picnic area, and a summertime water park.

What's New

  • A custom red cedar picnic shelter overlooking the Quay
  • Millstone Park, the city's newest mini-park just east of the Quay and a 2-minute walk over the bridge on Roger Creek

Marinas

Centennial Pier

 

Centennial Pier

Centennial Pier is located downtown in the inner harbour at the Harbour Quay. It is used to host visitors from cruise ship tender boats and offers daily, weekly and monthly moorage on the finger floats. 

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Contact Us

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Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

info@chooseportalberni.ca

250-724-1241

1-877-724-1241


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