CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Port Alberni is an exceptional place to raise a family. A number of options are available for quality healthcare and education, along with recreation programs and urban and rural adventuring in the outdoors and on the water

12 Places for Family Adventures

McLean Mill steam sawmill building and lagoon during wintertime

McLean Mill Historic Site & Park

Historic logging camp and steam powered sawmill tucked away in the forests of rural Cherry Creek. See the relics of buildings and machinery and check back for events, live demos and programs. Gift shop on site.

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Closeup of salmon

Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery

Hatchery and 3km of trails. Check in during salmon spawning season and don't miss the annual Open House.

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Lighthouse of maritime discovery centre

Maritime Discovery Centre

Historic maritime exhibits, a replica lighthouse and children's programs all a short walk from the Harbour Quay waterfront.

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Flower boxes at entrance to Echo Centre

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Extensive selection of books for children and young adults, plus computer stations and reading spaces. Located in Echo Centre between the museum and aquatic centre.

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Waterpark sprinklers at Roger Creek Park

Roger Creek Park

Little oasis in South Port. A natural 'bowl' replete with bigleaf maples makes it a sunken treasure of leaves in the fall. In the summer cool off at the Lions' Club water park. Picnic year round at the covered table space.

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Chainsaw carving of bench with fish sculptures on Harbour Quay boardwalk

Harbour Quay

So much to do! Boardwalk and piers, clock tower, restaurants and shops, Aquarium  & Stewardship Centre, green space and playpark.

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Entrance to Echo Centre

Alberni Valley Museum

Historic displays in a hands-on 'visible storage' setting (go ahead and pull out the drawers!) School programs and group tours available.

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Bridge over Kitsuksis creek in winter

Blair Park & Kitsuksis Dyke

A gentle 1.5km paved walking path with additional 10 minute walk to train trestle overlooking Kitsuksis Creek. Playpark, water park, greenspace and covered picnic area.

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Stamp River Canyon

Stamp River Provincial Park

Campsite and walking trails along the Stamp River. The main attraction? Watching the salmon jump up Stamp Falls during spawning season.

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Vehicles and tents at parking lot of waterfront park overlooking Alberni Inlet, Port Alberni

Waterfront Park (Canal Beach)

Green space, beach volleyball court and swimming beach overlooking the Alberni Inlet. A 6 minute drive west of the Harbour Quay.

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Flower boxes at entrance to Echo Centre

Echo Aquatic Centre

Pool, sauna, hot tub and fitness centre. Pool is divided into 3 depths and includes a separate, shallow area for young children. Lessons available.

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Antique industrial machinery

Industrial Heritage Centre

A heritage machinery dream: Cars, trucks, farm equipment and more! Check back to see how the restoration projects are coming along.

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