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Air tours with Pacific Seaplanes

To fully appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds Port Alberni, a scenic air tour is a must.  Pacific Seaplanes offers an exciting array of tours departing from Port Alberni Harbour.  The Della Falls Spectacular tour incorporates majestic mountain views, Sproat Lake and Great Central Lake valley enroute to Canada’s highest waterfalls.  The Port Alberni Panorama tour crosses the beautiful Alberni Valley with picture perfect Mount Arrowsmith and features an overview of the famous Martin Mars Tanker Base, the worlds’ largest flying boats.  For an exhilarating experience on the edge of Canada take the Great Pacific Tofino tour.  Some of the highlights of this breathtaking tour include Tofino township, world famous Long Beach and the Sea-Lion Rocks, Ucluelet, and Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands.  This tour can be customized to include aerial whale watching, a side trip to Hot Springs Cove, holding the aircraft and other options.  The Fjord Fly & Cruise tour is a trip with a lifetime of memories.  Departing Port Alberni Harbour cruising on the MV Frances Barkley through Alberni Inlet rimmed by soaring peaks, truly a world class Fjord.  The cruise continues through Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands, viewing the West Coast wildlife up close.  Arriving at Bamfield or Ucluelet (alternate days) the adventure continues in the air with a return to Port Alberni over the stunning Edge of Canada landscapes.  Pacific Seaplanes also provides daily scheduled flights to Vancouver and direct flights to Bamfield, Ucluelet and Barkley Sound locations.

 

More information:

www.pacificseaplanes.ca

 

 

Alberni Aquarium and Stewardship Centre

West Coast Aquatic Stewardship Association was created in 2002 by a group of concerned citizens in order to preserve, protect and enhance aquatic species and their natural habitat. In the last three years the organization has conducted over a million dollars of habitat restoration projects as well as salmon enhancement improvements. The WCASA runs with four primary pillars including; habitat restoration, species enhancement, protection and education/stewardship. The Alberni Aquarium was developed under the Education branch and opened to the public on May 1, 2016. 

Stay in touch with the Aquarium and its programs right here:  https://www.facebook.com/AlberniAquarium/

The video attached was produced by Peter Mieras of Rendevous Dive Adventures 

https://vimeo.com/246040876

Alberni Pacific Railway

The Alberni Pacific Railway is operated through agreement(s) with the City of Port Alberni by the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society who in turn work closely with the McLean Mill Society with the train operations. The feature locomotive is the 1929 Baldwin Steam Engine (the No. 7) which is a fully functional Steam Train. In 2017 the Steam Train was not in regular operations due to maintenance done on the system. In its place was a lovely old Engine - diesel powered that gets the job done just the way we all like it! Lots of rattle rattle over the tracks with hundreds of bystanders waving as the train passes by. Scheduled for operations during the late Spring to early Autumn the Steam and Diesle engines alternate train runs Thursday through Sunday for the general public. Additionally the trains are available for private functions such as Weddings, Corporate Retreats, Family Functions and more.
 
Just imagine.....Hop the train at the downtown Port Alberni Train Station with upwards of 100 other people in your group. Then enjoy an incredible ride through Port Alberni - through the Alberni Valley forests all the while seeing some incredible views including those of the impressive Roger Creek area. Arrive about 45 minutes later at the McLean Mill National Historic Site for an enjoyable step back in time. Our site features a beautiful welcome center that can host upwards of 110 people for your event. We can cater it for you and assist you in the decorations to suit your desires. Outside is a wonderful three tiered deck that many have used for wedding events - dancing etc. Further out you can stroll around the 35 acres while marveling at how things have been preserved to depict the look as it was left when closed to commercial operations in 1965.
 
The train is also the 'competition' in the annual Race the Train event that was first known as the No. 7 Challenge and is now part of a much larger event called the TRI-CONIC CHALLENGE. The event in 2017 was hosted on Canada Day as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, and was repeated in 2018. It featured hundreds of runners 'racing' the train while at the same time the annual Port Alberni Canada Day Parade was passing by in the other direction. Pretty impressive! 
 

Alberni Valley Bulldogs

The Community Owned Alberni Valley Bulldogs play in front of large crowds each and every game at our wonderful two rink Multiplex located off Roger Street in Port Alberni. Our 'Dawgs' are coached to play a high tempo brand of hockey and because of this our fans are always entertained. Port Alberni supports the 'Dawgs' well with average attendance running at 1st or 2nd on the Island and in the top level for the entire BCHL. 

Alberni Valley Heritage Network

The Alberni Valley is home to a host of Heritage Tourism attractions that are sure to impress anyone and everyone. The McLean Mill, the Maritime Museum, Alberni Steam Train & the Alberni Valley Museum are just a few of the impressive places to visit. The Steam Train is the only one of its kind in operation on all of Vancouver Island and is one of five in the entire Province. The AV Museum is considered one of the finest community museums in all of British Columbia. It uses a unique and experimental visible storage system to make almost the entire collection available to the visitor all the time. You can see temporary exhibits about Local and International Art, History, Culture and Science over the course of the year. The Museum also offers many varied and challenging school programs for a wide range of grades. It is a must see while in Port Alberni! The McLean "Steam" Sawmill is the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada. You can experience the excitement of steam, as the sawmill cuts wood for demonstration and sale. The resident Tin Pants Troupe make history come alive as they entertain with stories of days gone by, and guided tours of the site.  You'll see the old original buildings and lots of restored logging equipment around the site including a steam donkey, logging trucks, graders, and lumber carriers. The McLean is a National Historic Site that provides its visitors with a step back in time. A wonderful place to visit! Port Alberni's Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront adjacent to the city's deep-sea harbour.  With its companion Hutcheson Gallerythis museum is dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting our fascinating cultural, environmental and industrial maritime history. 

These attractions are a must see for all who visit the Alberni Valley. Sense the raw adventure, tales of heroism and moments of mystique, grandeur and romance that tell the story of our intriguing west coast.

Included in some of the pictures below are shots from the No. 7 Challenge an annual 10 km road race vs. the Steam Train pitting athlete against the mighty 1929 Baldwin. Check us out at:http://www.no7challenge.ca

Picture credits on this page go to Russ/Brenda Widdess, Susan Roth and Dan Fredlund. Used with permission and THANKS!

 

 

 

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ATV Adventures

The Alberni Valley is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. A local organization known as West Coast Edge ATV offers amazing trips to our wilderness area based on 1/2 day, full day, o/n stays and anything customized. Basically if you want to go there.....then go! http://www.westcoastedge.com

The photos attached to this page came from a trip that stopped at several lakes in our area including the back side of Sproat Lake, up the mountain over to Gracie Lake, further yet over to Nahmint Lake and the Nahmint Valley - the falls you see were taken from the NV - they are called French Falls. Further yet we visited the area that WCE use to house their guests on overnight stays. It is a former fish hatchery building now converted to a lovely facility with several rooms. It is on the edge of Henderson Lake which is absolutely stunning. Henderson Lake - featured in some of the photos has the distinction of being the 'wettest' spot in North America where it often receives upwards of 22 FEET of rain per year. 

Making West Coast EDGE ATV part of your West Coast Vancouver Island experience is advised! 

Capitol Theatre

Before the inception of the Capitol Theatre, the Port Theatre operated on First Avenue across from the former Alberni Hardware. It opened in 1914 under the management of Jack Warren. Walter Hamly oversaw the theatre's day to day operation and his wife too care of the company's books. Capacity was 200 and shows were first offered every Wednesday and Saturday nights. An Edison cylinder gramophone supplied the music for these first movies - silent ones they were! Read more about the history of the Capitol Theatre and its operating Board of Directors - Portal Players Society.  http://atthecapitol.org/?page_id=69

 

 

 

Char's Landing

Since arriving in Port Alberni over 5 years ago Charlene Patterson has stirred up the very air with her amazing energy and commitment to music entertainment. Through Char's Landing Charlene has developed a unique environment that attracts musicians from all over the Country and Internationally. With excellent acustics in the converted church Char's Landing is a favourite for the traveling performer. More recently Charlene has added her Bar and Social Club and is now open every day of the year as a social club and networking environment. Or, simply drop in, have some wine and enjoy the surroundings with old friends and new friends. Char's Landing also boasts a lovely Guesthouse downstairs which simply adds to the overall mystique about the place. 

 

Stay in touch with Char here

http://www.charslanding.com

or here

https://www.facebook.com/CharsLanding/?fref=ts 

 

China Creek Marina and Campground

On an RV adventure or simply enjoying the convenience of RV camping and all the amenties? China Creek Campgroun is a perfect location for and RV camping (or other) experience. With over-sized sites and full or partial services available you have the convenience of hooking up to water, power and sewer supported by an on-site sani-dump. China Creek Campground is a short drive (gravel road - check your insurance if renting) but well worth it! Situated on the Alberni Inlet about 16 km from the Port Alberni waterfront you'll be in paradise! During June/July experience the magic of hundreds of Sports Fishers on the water looking for the best of the Salmon as the Sockeye return to Spawn in our River system. Later day throughout the summer enjoy the magic of the wind as the enthusiasts for that growing sport take to the air in their colourful Kite-Boards. 

https://www.facebook.com/CityofPortAlberni/videos/354151605325184/

Della Falls

Located in Strathcona Provincial Park, Della Falls is the tallest water fall in Canada, with a vertical drop of 440 meters! While it is a beautiful hike to Della Falls, keep in mind that it takes about 7 hours each way, and requires a water taxi to the trail head:

"Hello from Doug and Chris of Della Falls Water Taxi.

Welcoming in 2018! 

If you are thinking about planning a hike to Della Falls get your booking in early as a few people were disappointed last season because the dates they wanted to go were already booked up.

Our boat is a 20' Hourston hardtop powered by a Suzuki 225HP outboard motor. It can carry 7 passengers plus gear plus the skipper. We have the boat moored at the marina in Great Central RV Park and Marina.

 

The Meeting address is 11000 Central Lake Road. Head west out of Port Alberni on Highway #4 and after about 12 km turn right onto Central Lake Road. Go another 8 km and pass through the buildings and tanks that belong to the fish hatchery. About 100 meters further you will come to a T intersection where the pavement ends and the entrance to the resort is straight ahead. There is no parking inside the resort so once you reach the T intersection and see the entrance sign, turn around and park against the chain link fence. It's just a 2 min walk from there to the boat in the marina."

Please visit our website for prices and schedule: https://alberni.ca/business-directory/della-falls-water-taxi#sthash.czM8...

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • Email  doug@dellafallswatertaxi.com
  • Cell phone; 1-250-720-5363 (Doug)
  • Cell phone, 1-250-290-0062 (Chris)
  • Facebook (Della Falls Water Taxi)

Contact us for reservations or any other questions you may have and we will do the best we can to help make your trip be the best it can be.

 

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