Port Alberni (population: 17,743) and the pastoral Alberni Valley serve as the introduction to BC’s west coast. Just a 193-km (120-mi) drive northwest from the provincial capital, Victoria, Port Alberni boasts a magnificent, deep-sea port that opens to Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Port Alberni has a moderate climate and is well-known for its breathtaking scenery.
There is plenty to experience in Port Alberni and its surrounding valley. Enveloped by freshwater lakes and streams, the area is wildly popular for its salmon sports fishing. Fishing charters operate year-round and the rewards include steelhead, halibut, cod, and of course, all Pacific Species of salmon!
Other popular outdoors activities include scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, boating, waterskiing/wakeboarding, hiking, ATV'ing, golfing and wildlife viewing. Some visitors choose to explore the area via helicopter and floatplane tours, while others discover the region’s rich history through the Heritage Network.
Port Alberni with its Valley based climate is a wonderful place to visit all year long but especially through the Spring/Summer Seasons and in fact well into Fall. We will often have the high temperature for the entire Island which of course means that many people will venture to the many water sources around us for a lovely refresh.
How to Get Here
From Nanaimo: The Nanaimo Airport YCD is only a 1 hour drive to Port Alberni.
To reach Port Alberni from Nanaimo, take the #19 Island Highway heading north, then take the highway #4 West turnoff to Port Alberni. Highway #4 will take you into Port Alberni via Johnston Road.
From Victoria: To reach Port Alberni from Victoria, take the #1& #19 Island Highway heading north, then take the highway #4 West turnoff to Port Alberni. Highway #4 will take you into Port Alberni via Johnston Road.
From Vancouver: If you are coming from Vancouver, take the ninety-five minute BC Ferries sailing from Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Nanaimo's Departure Bay Terminal. Stay on the #19 Island Highway heading north, then take the #4 West.
Alternatively, you can also take the 2-hour BC Ferries sailing from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Nanaimo's Duke Point Terminal. Again, Stay on the #19 Island Highway heading north, then take the #4 West.
Tofino Bus lines (tofinobus.com)
Travelling from Port Hardy and Courtenay to Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet we make a connection in Parksville.
Traveling to Vancouver and other mainland destinations from Tofino, Ucluelet or Port Alberni, we make a daily connection Nanaimo.
Pacific Seaplanes began scheduled service to Port Alberni in January of 2016. The service is direct to the Harbour Quay area at our Centennial Pier and has started with once daily round trips between Port Alberni and Vancouver. Later this Spring there are plans to expand the service and add in several options for Sightseeing and other ventures.
KD Air proudly offers daily scheduled services between Port Alberni and the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Their convenient shuttle bus service will pick you up from, or drop you off at The Hospitality Inn, Best Western Barclay Hotel, or the Timberlodge, and will safely transport you to or from Qualicum Beach for your 30 minute flight.
For fares, schedules and online reservation services, please see the website at www.kdair.com, call the Port Alberni office directly at 250-724-4495, or contact KD Air toll free at 1-800-665-4244.