Guide to Downtown Port Alberni

Posted by Dave Koszegi on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 9:32am.


We need your help! Those of use who call Port Alberni home know of all it has to offer, but for travellers and people who are new to town, we’re creating the Best of Downtown PA list. We have started the list, but want your contributions! Comment below or share on Facebook with your favourite places to shop, eat and explore in Downtown Port Alberni. Did we miss a category? You can add that too!


With world-class salmon fishing at our fingertips, there is no question that the food in the Aberni Valley is also top notch. Our majestic town will surprise you with the abundance of restaurants – sushi, Moroccan, traditional west coast fare and more!

Pescadores Bistro

Little Bavaria Restaurant

Emerald Coast Vineyards

Port Sushi Bar

Swept Away Inn Restaurant

The Starboard Grill 

Swale Rock Cafe 


You don’t have to venture far to tap into the culture and history around Port Alberni. With beautiful art galleries and a museum that is rated one of the best in B.C. you’ll be hard pressed to find a town more rich in culture. Port Alberni is also home to vibrant First Nations communities.

Blue Fish Gallery

Rollin Art Gallery

Alberni Valley Museum

Port Alberni Maritime Discovery Centre

McLean Mill National Historic Site

Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling Canoe


Living in a tight-knit community, we’re lucky to have local pubs with friendly faces, good drinks and foods and no lines! Whether you’re looking for somewhere to watch the big game or want a night on the town listening to music and dancing, there is something for everyone Downtown Port Alberni!


Westwind Pub 

Port Sports Pub

The Cypress Restaurant & Lounge 


One of the most desirable places for locals and tourists to shop is Harbour Quay. Harbour Quay, located on the waterfront, features shops, restaurants and galleries. It is also home to the notable Saturday Farmers Market! If you’re visiting or new to town, you don’t want to miss this.

PA Farmers’ Market

Naesgaard's Farm & Market

Azalea Flowers & Gifts

Taylor’s Flower Shop

Walk the Coast

On Top Fashions

Boutique Belles Amies 

What are some of your favourite places to shop, eat and visit in Downtown Port Alberni? We’d love to hear from you!


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4 Responses to "Guide to Downtown Port Alberni"

Helgie Naesgaard wrote: Naesgaard's Farm Market might be included on the shopping list. We cater to 1000's of tourist each year and visitors tell us we operate an amazing market. Our pots travel with tourists down into the states, to many BC destinations and into the prairies. We attract customers from all over the mid Island for our fresh peas, carrots & corn. During Halloween we give pumpkins away to community & school groups with donations going to the Children Hospital. At Christmas we present a spectacular display of decorated tress. Additionally through the year our boutique sells unique clothing, jewellery & gifts. Our family has been in business for over 50 years and with continued support we'll keep going. The best page for info on our Market is our Facebook page: Naesgaard's Farm & Market . In this era where urban agriculture grows in popularity, we operate a farm exclusively within the city boundaries of Port Alberni.
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 1:27pm.
Dave Koszegi wrote: Hi Helgie, thanks so much for your comment! Of course, we LOVE Naesgaard's Farm Market! One of our favourite go-to's. Thank you for the reminder. Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 5:00pm.
Dorothy Bakken wrote: I think Taylor's Flowers went out of business didn't it?? But there is Azalea Flowers & Gifts
and Flowers Unlimited. As for restaurants you could add Swale Rock and Starboard Grill Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 5:29pm.
Dave Koszegi wrote: Excellent suggestions Dorothy, they've been added! Thank you! Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 at 6:03pm.

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