What's to LOVE about living in the Heart of Vancouver Island
by Dave Koszegi
on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 7:26am.
We think Port Alberni is a pretty sweet place to live. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we put together a list of all the reasons we are having a love affair with the Alberni Valley!
An outdoor enthusiasts' dream
Situated in the heart of Vancouver Island, we love having easy access to mountains for hiking, biking and rock climbing as well as oceans and lakes for boating, fishing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and more. Port Alberni is the only access point to Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada!
Deep roots, art and culture
We have a strong art and culture scene in Port Alberni. Spending time at our galleries and historical sites is a day well spent for tourists and locals alike.
Rollin Art Centre – A fine arts gallery in the heart of Port Alberni, with a lovely Japanese garden.
Naesgaard’s Farm Market – an eclectic mix of garden decorations, gifts and memorabilia, besides its more traditional produce and garden centre.
Alberni Valley Museum – Learn about early life in the Alberni Valley, with fishing, agricultural and logging memorabilia.
Alberni Pacific Railway – A historic train ride on a 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive. The 35-minute trip goes to the McLean Mill National Historic Site,
McLean Mill National Historic Site – The only remaining steam-operated sawmill in Canada, featuring live demonstrations of the sawmill and old time logging techniques, more than 30 restored buildings and a musical revue.
The Maritime Discovery Centre – Besides exhibits about maritime trade and industry, you’ll find a fascinating exhibit about the tsunami that hit Port Alberni in 1964.
Fresh, done right
For a small city, Port Alberni boasts 30 places to eat that range from high-end seafood and steak restaurants to casual fare and cafes, including:
Port Alberni is known as one of the best places to experience water activities, and Sproat Lake Provincial Park is one of the major drawing points. Sproat Lake offers an excellent place for boating, fishing, fresh water scuba diving, waterskiing and windsurfing. It also has two campgrounds and the new Sproat Lake landing where you can dine at Drinkwater’s Pub or stay at the resort.
Not to mention... affordable real estate
The West Coast is becoming an increasingly desirable place to live and real estate values are soaring, but the Alberni Valley remains an affordable, attractive means for first-time buyers looking to enter the market. In 2016 the benchmark price of a single-family home in Port Alberni was $214,700. Compared to Nanaimo’s $429,200 or Victoria’s $754,586, Port Alberni is very economical!
What do YOU love about living here? Is it our beautiful waterfront, mountain views, affordable housing or friendly locals? Comment below with the reasons why you love living in the heart of Vancouver Island.