Spring in Alberni Valley

Watching Nature Come to Life

As the days grow longer the Alberni Valley is a nature lovers perfect location to experience the enchantment of spring. The earth wakes with life and colour, and reveals treasures around every corner for those who are looking. Whether wandering forest paths or admiring the colourful window boxes and wild gardens of Vancouver Island, our charming valley transforms into a blooming tapestry of colours and outdoor adventures. Highway 4 is open, and the communities of the West Coast invite you to usher in the beauty of the spring season with us!

Spring is the Perfect Time to Explore the Alberni Valley

First Nations Mural at the entrance to Harbour Quay in downtown Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Musicians walk in front of a mural depicting Tseshaht First Nation’s history at the entrance of Port Alberni’s Harbour Quay.

The Arts Outdoors

Explore the vibrant street art scene by taking a self-guided tour of the city’s murals. Spring offers the perfect weather for a leisurely walk or bike ride to appreciate the outdoor art displays that bring color and creativity to the streets. Or pop over to the Rollin Art Gallery  and Gardens (aka the Grove), a wheelchair-accessible facility featuring rotating art exhibits, a gift shop, a Japanese garden, and educational events.

Springtime Tea at a Local Café

Enjoy a cozy afternoon tea at one of Port Alberni’s local cafes. The warm ambiance and delightful tea options create a perfect setting to unwind and embrace the tranquil vibes of spring.


Mclean Mill National Historic Site, Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Historic McLean Mill Tours

Discover the rich history of Port Alberni by touring the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Spring brings the mill back to life with special events and guided tours, providing an immersive experience into the region’s logging heritage.

Port Alberni Farmers’ Market

Our Farmers’ Markets offer up something a little different with every season. While the Spirit Square Farmers’ Market is a year-round gem, the arrival of spring ushers in a kaleidoscope of fresh produce and artisanal goods. Every Saturday morning, the market displays locally harvested fruits and vegetables, handcrafted treasures, and the inviting aroma of freshly baked treats. Immerse yourself in the community spirit as you meander through the stalls, engaging with friendly vendors who are passionate about their craft. Whether you’re seeking farm-fresh ingredients for a seasonal recipe or unique handmade gifts, the Port Alberni Farmers’ Market is a delightful destination year around.

River Walk on a Trestle Bridge in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

River + Forest Walks

A tranquil stroll along the Kitsuksis Dyke or Harbour Quay boardwalk during springtime reveals new life in all its forms.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, photographer, or seeking a peaceful escape, these walks immerse you in the beauty of spring.  Flower buds in abundance, you will see rhododendrons, daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms, while the rainforest is bright with new green foliage. Spring can bring a mix of  misty showers and some surprisingly warm days. Exciting discovery for novice biologists of all ages with budding trees and blooming flowers, these river walks offer a symphony for the senses. For a more adventurous stroll with a waterfall reward, try one of these easy hiking trails.

Explore Springtime in Port Alberni

Twin City Brewing in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley, BC Ale Trail

Dine out in Port Alberni for Local Island Flavour

Culinary is taking off in the lush inlet of Port Alberni, where island ingredients and coastal style blend. You’ll want to make time to tour the food scene when you #ExplorePortAlberni Read more at ZenSeekers

Waterfalls Vancouver Island, Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Head to Port Alberni for an Easy Island Getaway

With warm friendly lakes, an ocean inlet, easy hikes and waterfalls, leaning into Port Alberni as a destination feels good, especially on the wallet. At just over one hour inland from Nanaimo, it’s an easy, accessible Island getaway. Read more at ZenSeekers

Port Alberni Hikes You Can Do in Under 3 Hours

Take a rest from your travels. Then, stretch your legs on a quick 2 – 3 hour hike to a refreshing waterfall or a summit view overlooking the Alberni Valley. Let the lush, Island landscape wash away your cares. And maybe, find your new fave Island adventure spot. Read more at ZenSeekers

Alberni Valley Rock and Gem Show, Port Alberni, Alberni Valley, Vancouver Island

Port Alberni Rock + Gem Show

One of Vancouver Island’s largest Rock & Gem shows, established in 1958 and still active with a lapidary shop & annual rock show. More details on club at their Facebook page.

Mclean Mill 10K in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

McLean Mill 10K

A rustic and beautiful start and finish area at the National Historic Site McLean Mill.  Learn more about this race and other on Vancouver Island at Island Series Race site.

Port Alberni Home Show in Port Alberni, Spring Home Show

Port Alberni Spring Home Show

This 2 day exhibition of  home improvement products and services is the perfect way to get inspired or kick off your spring home project. Presented by Evergreen Exhibitions

Plan Your Spring Getaway in Alberni Valley

Whether you’re seeking the thrill of outdoor adventures, the tranquility of relaxation, or a serene escape from city life, Alberni Valley has something special to offer during the spring season. Experience the magic of spring in Alberni Valley, where nature comes alive in a symphony of colours and fresh beginnings. Book your stay at one of our hotels, cozy lodges, bed and breakfasts, or campgrounds, and wake up to the crisp spring air and stunning views every day.