Alberni Valley Attractions
As a mill town Port Alberni has lingered for many years under the radar of visitors to Vancouver Island. But with the downturn of the forest industry, it has realized the importance of tourism to the local economy. And with the McLean Mill, the Steam Train, the salmon at Stamp Falls, and the adventure sport industry taking off, the area can now measure up to any of the major tourist destinations on Vancouver Island.
There are more attractions than you might think:
- See the World’s Largest Flying Boat ever used operationally.
- Find out all about the Port Alberni Tsunami at the Maritime Heritage Museum.
- Ride an old time steam train.
- Visit the McLean Sawmill National Heritage Museum where they sawed the big timber.
- See a demonstration of old-time logging techniques.
- Hike to the Alberni Lookout for a magnificent view of the entire valley.
- Watch salmon jumping at Stamp Falls Provincial Park.
- Taste wine at either of the two wineries in the valley.
- Take a day-long cruise down the inlet to see the stunning scenery of Barkley Sound aboard the M.V. Frances Barkley.
- Check out the galleries in the Arts District, or shop at Harbour Quay.
- Enjoy a warm swim and camp at Sproat Lake Provincial Park.
- Whet your appetite for wind-surfing in the Alberni Inlet.
- Try a guided hike into the back country.
How many is that? Wow! 13! That’s enough for a couple of weeks of visiting!