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City Of Port Alberni, British Columbia

By Richard Heeley

The city of Port Alberni is located in British Columbia, Canada, at the top of the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island. The city, nestled in the Alberni Valley, has a population of approximately 18,000, and is home to many tourist attractions: Cathedral Grove (an old growth rainforest), Sproat Lake, Mount Arrowsmith, Della Falls, and numerous historic sites.

The city has plenty of sights to see in addition to a host of opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, kayaking and other water sports, and of course fishing. Referred to as “the salmon capital of the world”, Port Alberni’s waters hold five types of salmon and steelhead and the ocean inlets also have halibut. Visitors can take advantage of the city’s many fishing lodges, outfitters, and guides.

With temperatures ranging from a low of -0.5C in January to a high of 25.2C in August, the temperate climate explains why many of Port Alberni’s residents and visitors are outdoorsy types; for most of the year, you can stay outdoors quite comfortably! With the beauty of the natural environment (the scenic ocean inlets, the networks of streams and rivers brimming with fish, the glassy lakes, cascading waterfalls, and towering mountains and old growth forests), why would you WANT to be indoors?

Port Alberni’s two official city centres give it a unique layout, resulting from its former “twin city” status and the creeks and ravines that bisect the area. Now known as “North Port”, the area of current development, the former city of Alberni, is anchored around Highway 4. Conversely, “South Port” or “Uptown”, the former city of Port Alberni is located 3km South on Gertrude Street and 3rd Avenue.

Port Alberni’s logging and mining industries were foundational, historically, to the city’s development, and its natural resources and rich forests still play a big role in its present culture and economy. As well, the city adds to Pacific Rim tourism with its beauty and recreation.

If you are interested in Pacific Rim Tourism, take a look at this piece on the city of Port Alberni. Port Alberni is the outdoor enthusiast’s playground with plenty of recreational opportunities!

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Heeley, Richard "City Of Port Alberni, British Columbia." City Of Port Alberni, British Columbia. 16 Aug. 2010. 26 Oct 2014 <>.

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