KD Air offers four daily scheduled flights year-round from Port Alberni Airport (YPB) to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) aboard single-engine Cessna and Piper airplanes. The airport is a short drive northwest of town. The closest major departure point is Nanaimo Airport, an hour’s drive east of Port Alberni. Air Canada offers a schedule of daily flights to and from Vancouver International Airport.
The Tofino Bus and Greyhound buses make regular stops in Port Alberni. The bus terminal is at 4541 Margaret Avenue, one block north of the waterfront, a half block south of Johnston Road (aka Highway 4).
The Port Alberni/Clayoquot Transit System operates four routes throughout town, three of which start their runs at the Alberni Mall/Pacific Rim Centre on Johnston Road. There’s no bus service on Sundays and statutory holidays.
BC Ferries provides automobile and foot passenger service on a frequent basis year-round to terminals in Nanaimo and Swartz Bay (near Victoria).
Budget Car Rental is located at 3500 Third Avenue.
United Cab Services
3556 – 4th Avenue
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4H4
P: 250 723-2121
The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce provides valuable information about the community, relocation and local businesses.
Port Alberni currently has Scotiabank, CIBC, RBC, TD Toronto Dominion, BMO and Coastal Credit Union.
Port Alberni is in Alberni School District #70. There is a complete list of schools – elementary, secondary, and alternative, listed on the BC Government School District website.
The Alberni Valley Museum, reflecting the richly diverse past of the area, has a large collection of artifacts linked to First Nations culture, local and industrial history, and folk art.
Port Alberni’s Maritime Discovery Centre, constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse, is a unique maritime museum, situated on the waterfront adjacent to the city’s deep-sea harbour. With its companion, Hutcheson Gallery, this museum is dedicated to exhibiting and interpreting our fascinating cultural, environmental and industrial maritime history. You can board the train pulled by the completely restored 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive at the 1912 CPR Station and ride out to the McLean Mill National Historic Site.
The Visitors Centre has an excellent trail booklet for exploring the backwoods areas, such as: Log Train Trail – this 25 km trail is now popular with hikers, cyclists and horseback riders. Stamp River and Rogers Creek have marked hiking trails for all ages and skill sets. The Alberni Valley has mountain bike circuits and world class golfing at two golf courses.
There are 5 provincial parks in the Alberni Valley and 7 parks outside the valley. Hiking and climbing are irresistible and all of them are well worth exploring.
Take to the air in the Alberni Inlet – predictable thermal winds from the coast support soaring, paragliding, hang gliding and kite boarding.
Water lovers will enjoy windsurfing and kayaking with many adventure and day tours available. For divers the Alberni Valley has two amazing shore dive spots near Port Alberni: China Creek Wall Dive and Ship Wreck (Chinese Immigrant Ship Wreck).
Port Alberni, also known as the Salmon Capital of the World, was designated as the World Fishing Network’s first “Ultimate Fishing Town 2010.” Anglers can find an abundance of both river and ocean fishing in the Alberni Valley because the port is located at the end of a long arm of the ocean with many rivers flowing in to it.