The Alberni Valley is a favourite destination for outdoor enthusiasts near and far. Offering an abundance of nature and wildlife, as well as an excellent range of activities, attractions, and things to do year-round, the Alberni Valley is one of Vancouver Island’s many hidden gems - and living here means you’re well positioned to take advantage of them all.
The Dave Team is excited to share with you just a few of the things we really love about the Valley. Read on to discover our favourite things to do in the Alberni Valley!
Things to Do in the Alberni Valley
See it all at the Stamp River Provincial Park.
No visit to the Port Alberni area is complete without a day dedicated to exploring the wonders of the Stamp River Provincial Park. Offering one of the most beautiful waterfalls you’ve ever seen, a famous annual run of pacific salmon, as well as lush greenery and breathtaking trails, the Park is a favourite among most Islanders. See it for yourself!
Spend an Afternoon at the Alberni Valley Museum.
Go back in time to witness firsthand the heritage and traditions that make up the very culture of the Alberni Valley. Visit the Alberni Valley Museum and explore our history through photographs, folk art, and artifacts. Learn about our past in the lumber and fishing industries, the Nuu Chah Nulth people, and much more!
Fish in the Salmon Capital of the World.
Well known to many as the Salmon Capital of the World, anglers enjoy a variety of both river and ocean fishing in the Alberni Valley. Grab some friends or the family and enjoy what makes the Valley such a unique fishing destination - a port found at the end of a long ocean arm with copious river flowing into it: an angler's dream! Discover many different fishing charters, from the Alberni Barkley Charters, to Murphy’s Sport Fishing, and more.
Learn Something New at the McLean Mill National Historic Site.
Home to the only steam-operated sawmill in Canada, the McLean Mill National Historic Site offers a unique experience that will transport visitors back in time to witness the beginning of the lumber industry in Port Alberni. Enjoy sawing demonstrations, historic buildings (like the one-room schoolhouse!), and much more.
Stop By the Alberni District Fair! Though the Alberni District Fair doesn’t occur until September, it’s so well loved that it has to be included. And this year’s fair is particularly anticipated as this will be the 70th year of the event! Friends and family alike will be delighted by the parade, raffles, logger sports and more at the #1 destination for family entertainment in Port Alberni.
Not only is the Alberni Valley an unforgettable place to visit and explore, but it’s a fantastic place to call home for the very same reasons.