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

Family is big in Port Alberni.

16 Great Places for Family Adventuring

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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Chainsaw carving of octopus outside Aquarium building exterior

Alberni Aquarium & Stewardship Centre

Learn about the local marine ecosystem and sea life by seeing it live in front of your eyes. Touch tanks, gift shop, and programs for families. Located at 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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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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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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Trail through forest

Log Train Trail

Join in anywhere along the 25km section of trail that takes you through town and beyond to the end of Beaver Creek. Excellent for cycling excursions.

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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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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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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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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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Closeup of baby goat's face

Arrowvale Farm

Campsite along the Somass River. Staycation or simply visit the farm animals and stop for a bite to eat. Check for summertime live music and events such as the Ramp Camp held at their on-site skateboard park.

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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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Bowling shoes in bowling alley lane

Rainbow Lanes Bowling

5-pin bowling alley for all ages. Sixteen lanes plus lounge. 

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