Explore the many perks of living local.

Three fishermen, man at center holding salmon
Recreation on the Water
Two hikers on snowy mountain
Recreation in the Woods
Prows of 3 moored fishing boats
Three young men playing basketball at Gyro Park outdoor court
Traditional nuu-chah-nulth style carving of welcoming figure, Hupacasath Nation
Culture & Heritage
Historic park McLean Mill in snowy conditions
Tourist in Your Own Town
People gathered in front of large mural
Art & Events
Patio of Dog Mountain Brewing
Shopping & Dining
Collection of gourds and squash
Local Food & Farms
Woman on bicycle cycling past bike shop
Getting Around
Two people holding teacups and smiling
Lions Club logo on entrance sign to Roger Creek water park
Volunteer Opportunities
Centennial Pier, Alberni Inlet and Songhees tugboat
Smiling boy with waterfall in background
Children & Families
Fluffy cat on chair
Pets & Animals

Fitting in: The Hallmarks of Local Culture

What defines the experience of being a Port Alberni local?

Parent and child in waist-high ferns in the rainforest


Parks, trails, lakes, mountain and ocean, all close by.


A trip across town is 15 minutes, and a dozen neighbouring communities are within a 3 hours' drive.


The bounty and convenience of choice! Local food and farms, opportunities for sport and outdoor recreation on land and the water, and experiences in art and culture.


The self-sufficiency that comes from being the nation's forestry powerhouse learning new ways. The community has proven adaptable, strong and determined, relying on each other to navigate and lead change. 

Duality & Amalgamation

Having been two towns shapes us: 2 waterfronts, 2 downtowns, a South Port and  North Port. After the 1967 amalgamation, duality gave way to unity, compromise and reaching new understandings. The foundation of our 'new' community.


The Valley is home to hundreds of tradespeople, manufacturers, crafters, artists, farmers, and creators. We are also home to community-builders: People who volunteer, raise funds for charities, and welcome new residents

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Babe Gunn stone sculpture of salmon water fountain at base of Argyle Street, Port Alberni

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Port Alberni's maritime discovery centre lighthouse at waterfront, Alberni Inlet

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Tugboat at Port Alberni harbour quay

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Thre fishing boats moored at Port Alberni

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