What to do in the Alberni Valley?

The Alberni Valley has plenty of ways to mix work and play. You can charter a fishing boat for some fun team bonding, spend the day at Sproat Lake, explore a hiking trail, relax in a waterfront restaurant, snap a photo of a bear or mink at a wildlife look-out, or take your group on a 1929 steam train that brings you from downtown to a wine tasting at a coastal winery

Here is a quick tour of what the Alberni Valley offers your participants. 

Giant Cedars at Cathedral Grove

Just a 15-minute drive from Port Alberni, Cathedral Grove is easily one of Vancouver Island’s most majestic attractions. You’ll find 800-year-old towering Douglas Firs and Cedar trees, and the quiet pathways of an ancient rainforest.

Where to go Hiking

From short hikes along the historic Log Train Trail to an impressive climb to Canada’s highest waterfall, Della Falls, the Alberni Valley will not disappoint the adventurous. You can climb to the Alberni Lookout and snap a picture of the entire valley. Or explore the sub-alpine terrain of Mt. Arrowsmith, a 6,000-foot rock face that dominates the Alberni Valley skyline.

World-class Fishing

Named the “Ultimate Fishing Town of 2010” by the World Fishing Network, Port Alberni is a world-famous fishing destination. You can charter a boat, take a guided tour, or venture out on your own.

Historic Alberni Pacific Railway

Ride the Alberni Pacific Railway, a restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging steam locomotive. You’ll board at the 100 year old train station and take a historic route through the City of Alberni, through the surrounding forests and arrive at the McLean Mill National Historic site. The train will also make the occasional wine-tasting tour—you’ll arrive at the Chase and Warren Winery in the early afternoon, taste some local wines, and arrive back in town on the train in time for dinner.

Food and Dining

Port Alberni has over 30 restaurants to choose from. Enjoy the inlet views at a waterfront restaurant, grab a coffee at a little breakfast café, or take advantage of Alberni’s fresh seafood. There are also two wineries located only a few minutes drive from downtown.

Where to stay in the Valley

You’ll find the new Best Western Barclay hotel, the boutique-style Hospitality Inn, plenty of motels, lodges, and waterfront bed-and-breakfasts. The larger hotels also have full fitness centers, hotel pubs, restaurants, pools, and hot tubs.


You don’t need to go far in Alberni to see black bears, minks, eagles, and seals. In fact, a safe and popular wildlife viewing spot is the Victoria Quay—located only a few minutes from downtown. As wildlife puts on a show across the river, you can stroll along the Quay’s walkway or have a picnic in the park. You’ll also find restaurants, a tackle shop, a gift shop, and First Nations carvings.


The M.V. Frances Barkley offers a day-cruise down the Alberni Inlet. The ship will take you along the rugged Vancouver Island coastline, with tiny islands and coastal mountains in view. Enjoy hot coffee and breakfast served on-board in the morning or lunch on your return trip.