OUTDOOR RECREATION

This is where Port Alberni excels. The varied geography, temperate climate and endless backcountry allows residents and visitors to enjoy just about every type of outdoor pursuit, whether on land or out on the water. The richness of outdoor adventuring is one of the Alberni Valley's greatest attractions. 

Nature is in our nature.

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Trails in the Alberni Valley
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Elevation of Mt. Arrowsmith
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Kilometres of Backcountry Roads

The Trail Network

Trail systems are never far from the doorstep, whether that doorstep is right in town or just outside city limits. Visit our top 3 trail websites to get the most comprehensive trail information from a local perspective.

 

Favourite City Trails

  • Alberni Inlet Trail
  • Alberni Lookout
  • Kitsuksis Dyke Trail
  • Log Train Trail
  • Maplehurst Trail
  • Rogers Creek Trail
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City Trails

A guide to all trails within city limits provided by the City of Port Alberni. Explore alternate ways to get around town. 

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ACRD Trail Maps

A series of maps in PDF format provided by the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District. Additional links to district trails and parks.

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Waterfall at Rogers Creek

All Trails

Over two dozen of the top trails to hike, bike and run in the valley, from a trusted trail app. Rated and reviewed by trail users.

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The Park Network

City Parks & Playgrounds

View all local parks in map and directory format, complete with a description of amenities.

Our Favourites:

North Port

  • Paper Mill Dam Park
  • Roger Creek Park
  • Williamson Park

South Port

  • Harbour Quay Park
  • Waterfront Park

Regional & Provincial Parks

All less than a 1-hour drive away. 

  • Clayoquot Plateau Provincial Park
  • Fossli Provincial Park 
  • Kennedy Lake Provincial Park
  • Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park
  • MacMillan Provincial Park / Cathedral Grove
  • Mount Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park
  • Sproat Lake Provincial Park
  • Stamp River Provincial Park
  • Strathcona Provincial Park
  • Taylor River Provincial Park 

National Park

Only one nearby, but what a park it is! You can reach the boundary of one of Canada's top-ranked National Parks in just over an hour. Spectacular surf, sand, sea and rainforest trails. For Port Alberni residents, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, major tourist attraction and vacation spot, is just next door and available to visit any time of the year.

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Backcountry Exploration: What You Need to Know

Much of the backcountry in Port Alberni is accessed via logging roads created and/or maintained by private logging companies who have leased the land from the Province of BC. Road conditions can vary widely, cellphone service may not be available, vehicles must yield to oncoming logging trucks and some roads have restricted access and gates.

Be prepared! Tell someone where you are going and when you intend to return and bring ample survival supplies such as water and food, warm clothing, a first aid kit, a flashlight and automotive repair equipment.

Activity Directory

Top Alpine Peaks

  • 5040 Peak (1,344 metres)
  • Mount Arrowsmith (1,819 metres)
  • Mount Cokely (1,619 metres)
  • Mount Klitsa (1,639 metres)

Alberni Valley Tourism - Hiking in the Alberni Valley

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