Not too big, not too small, Port Alberni is just the right size for investment. Large enough to have a diversity of amenities, and small enough to create or find your niche and be able to make a real impact in the community and beyond. It's the kind of place where people notice you and are supportive of new ventures. There's fertile ground to pursue the things that have meaning for you, whether you're engaged in business, connecting to nature, or raising a family. Once having been a rugged coastal logging town, is what keeps us grounded, humble, and very real. Today, the city is a dynamic and connected waterfront community whose residents have proudly decided to Choose Port Alberni. 

Let's get you settled in.

In the Livability tab: Note that the mean commute time differs from the average commute. As per statistics Canada Data, 67% of residents commute less than 15 minutes for work!

Mayor's Welcome

Notable Port Alberni

The community has its fair share of influential figures, big names in sports and trend-setting accomplishments that gain national recognition.


Jason Bagnell, National Finalist in Darts
Doug Chase, Softball Canada & World Baseball Softball Confederation Hall of Fame inductee (longtime Port Alberni resident)
Travis Cross, Olympic athlete in wrestling (Beijing 2008)
Eric Jespersen, Olympic athlete in sailing
James Lowery, Olympic athlete in soccer
Phil Mack, Rugby Canada athlete (grew up & career start in Port Alberni)
Jim Robson, broadcaster and former Vancouver Canucks announcer (career start in Port Alberni)

National Hockey League

Ron Andruff, Centerman
Laurent BrossoitGoaltender
Paul Cyr, Left Wing
Jim Hiller, Left Wing, Assistant Coach
John Newberry, Forward
Davis Payne, Winger, Head Coach, Assistant Coach
Rob Shick, NHL Referee
David Dziurzynski & Harry Zolnierczyk (former Alberni Valley Bulldogs players).


Salmon Capital of the World

Canada's Ultimate Fishing Town
The World Fishing Network (2010)

Canada's Most Rider Friendly Community
Community Futures Alberta

Home of the Martin Mars Water Bomber
The largest flying boat (fixed wing seaplane with a hull) in the world, located at Sproat Lake. Only 7 were produced by the US Navy during WWII, only 2 are remaining.

World's Best Water
Thunderbird Spirit Water

Influential Figures

Influential people from the Tseshaht communityAlec ThomasCaptain BillDr. Charlotte CoteChief Adam ShewishFrank WilliamsGeorge ClutesiKathy RobinsonMable TaylorSayachapisTluutisimUushtaqyu Arianna WattsWameesh - George WattsYaap'inat (William) 

Kim Campbell, Canada's first female Prime Minister
Rick Hansen, track and field athlete, activist and philanthropist for people with disabilities
Judith Sayers, officer to the Order of Canada

Arts & Media

Local leaders in the Creative Industries

Alberni Valley News, Recipient of multiple Canadian Community Newspaper Association awards
Ha-Shilth-Sa, Canada's oldest First Nations Newspaper
Leonard Frank, photographer (settled in Port Alberni)
Dakota Morton, world's youngest radio host
Kenneth Oppel, acclaimed author of young adult fiction

Notable Nature

Canada's Tallest Vertical Drop Waterfall
Della Falls

Discovery of New Cave-Dwelling Insect Species
Haplocampa wagnelli

Local Sighting - Vancouver Island Marmot
Canada's Rarest Endemic Mammal

Best Urban Bear Watching
Victoria Quay waterfront

Alberni Valley Tourism - Explore the Alberni Valley


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