Things to do in Port Alberni

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Things to Do in Port Alberni

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  • Kristin
    Kamloops, Canada26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing lace to recharge, start your day or stop along your journey. Beautiful and accessible trails allow everyone to go through and see this wonderful place. Such positive and relaxing energy.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Kristin
    Kamloops, Canada26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning area and the air and energy is a win on its own. The trails very well maintained no matter what age and is accessible. Great place to stamp and stretch your legs or to spends hours at. Amazing and highly recommend.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • PJWIBBLE
    Horsham, United Kingdom121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited in September 2022, what an amazing place. Watched the salmon jumping. It was an awesome sight. Managed to see a Bear as well. This is a well kept secret place that was not crowded even though it was a glorious weather day.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • WestfaliaJournal
    Whistler, Canada165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    After a long, hot day of floating on the Stamp River... ice-cold beer & fresh pizza are a must. We were not disappointed.

    Ordered a growler to share, but the 'Eh Game' pizza was the star of the evening. Hot & delicious, thought we wouldn't be able to finish... but it was SO GOOD it was all gone before we knew it (all pizza tends to taste good on the first piece... but a great pizza taste good to the last).

    Our 'goto' place whenever we drive through 'The Port' on the way to Tofino.
    Written September 13, 2023
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  • Donald K
    Edmonton, Canada1,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We drove in from what might have been a back road. There were some workers blocking a road that looked like it might go to an office or something. Reading the reviews some people said it was not worth the money. I feel bad that I did not pay anything to anyone. It is an old mill that closed commercially in 1965. It reminded me of some old machines I had experience as a kid.
    Written December 15, 2021
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  • FellowTraveller1979
    British Columbia25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place is wonderful. The beach is clean and the water clear and warm, but you must wear a suitable footwear as the pebbles and rocks make it harder on the feet.

    HOWEVER, irresponsible owners are having their dogs off leash and some even bring them into the water, despite useless signs advising to the contrary. It appears there are no enforcements of any kind regarding pets.
    These irresponsible people ruins an otherwise pleasant visit.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • Tanya D
    Whistler, Canada54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for visitors to get a feel for what's happening in Port Alberni, watch people, boats and birds (including bald eagles)! Locals are super-friendly. Very little litter, clean public loos (sadly vandals are everywhere - toilet in disabled access stall completely off its base!). Free parking for 2-3 hours, but its limited - we're early-birds so we didn't struggle, not sure where you'd park if the quay lot was full. Lots of eateries around, also market stalls were setting up (it was a Friday morning ... we were there until about 9.30am so most places weren't open yet.
    Written August 20, 2022
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  • Kristin
    Kamloops, Canada26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice area to check out. Trailhead isn’t easy to find until you’re in the ditch then you’ll have no problem finding it. I parked at the candy store and scooted across the highway. Stunning views and energy here. Nice trail and I highly recommend.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • cymry
    Montreal202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-inspiring petroglyphs only about a 5-10 minute walk off the highway. There are 9 in total and are visible from a floating dock/platform at the end of an easy trail. We stopped off on our way back to the ferry from Tofino and it was a great way to stretch our legs and see something truly ancient.
    Written October 1, 2023
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  • kingfisher7311
    Langley, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is worth stopping in every few months to see what is new in the studio/gallery. There are so many beautiful pieces carved onsite and Gordon is such a welcoming individual and Master carver. He is always willing to talk about wood, his work and he never hesitates to explain his method. Often he will take the time to demonstrate how different gouges work in different directions to make the necessary smooth cuts.

    As well he supports other artists who are still finding their own voice in this field. A very supportive individual who has earned the support of his community
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • miss_m_travel
    Vancouver Island, Canada99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This hidden gem (attached to the library) held the attention of my 5 year old for hours. The museum has a bit of everything - culture, technology, furniture, machinery, textiles and family heritage. The working Morris code machine (available for visitor use) and the extended collection - stored away in pull-able drawers were the favourites for my child. Although, perhaps not the initial intent the drawer systems, are very interactive for young people. There was also a colouring station. Would recommend a visit.

    **despite the conflicting information online, the museum is open in 2022.
    Written April 24, 2022
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  • J W
    Port Alberni21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A mountain with endless possibilities! Many variations of routes lead to the summit of the region's most prominent mountain massif. Regarded as Cokely and Arrowsmith separately, once a thriving ski destination in decades past, the area offers endless hiking trails and scenery and alpine beauty as seen nowhere else. It's accessibility as a day hike for many make this a convenient attraction, when compared to many in the island's northeast interior Strathcona Park region, where many destinations are multi day excursions. Whether hiking the famous Judge's route... or up the Saddle route, which leads to a cirque and offers choice of continuing on to Arrowsmith summits, or breaking off left to Cokely ridge, you will be rewarded with beautiful sub alpine to alpine transitions and good trail structure with adequate flagging, and beautiful views of surrounding mountains. .in a clear day you can see all the way to the sunshine coast, and all the way through the coastal mountains towards ukee and the Pacific Ocean. Port alberni city and Parksville can also be clearly seen from the summit. At 1860 meters elevation at the main summit, it is the highest peak in the central island range. But the trail conditions make it quite accessible for most with an average fitness level. Be sure to check online info about certain trails that are only possible during winter months and plan your trip according to safety and bring adequate supply of water and any other wears typical for any alpine destination. Weather and temperature can change quickly at elevation. So while a very good and accessible alpine destination, utilize caution and respect nature at all times. It is also advisable to check on Island Timberlands website to see if any gate closures are in effect on your days of travel. While the mountain is in a biosphere..the roads leading to it off the highway do go through what is now private logging property, and is subject to gate closures at times. This is not a spot to miss if you are looking for beautiful hiking and a great accessible alpine experience!
    Written May 3, 2017
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