Summer Splendor

Counting the ways we love Summer in the Alberni Valley

Step into the warmth of summer in the Alberni Valley, where adventure and relaxation await. Our busiest season brings live music festivals, thrilling water sports and events, family time and camping. We love this time of year for long hikes and mountain views, farm fresh goods and patio dining, wandering along the quay and bear-watching escapades. With something for everyone, the Alberni Valley offers the perfect summer getaway. Join us as we unveil the treasures awaiting you in this picturesque corner of Vancouver Island.

Summer in the Alberni Valley

Musicians performing to crowd at the 5 acre shaker in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley, Vancouver Island

Live Music Festivals and Concerts

Experience the beats of summer in the Alberni Valley with vibrant live music and sport events. The Okee Dokee Funtastic Music Festival at Bob Dailey Stadium in July promises an unforgettable musical journey. In August, groove to the Five Acre Shaker Summer Concert Series at the Port Alberni Fall Fair Grounds. September brings the Alberni Fall District Fall Fair for live music, family fun, and a lively atmosphere. From grand festivals to intimate venues, like Rainbow Room and Char’s Landing, Port Alberni’s musical rhythm plays on throughout the season.

Paddle Boarding on Sproat Lake, a favourite summer activity in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley, Vancouver Island

Water Sports Wonderland

Water is the source of life, and FUN! The Alberni Valley boasts a seemingly endless list of water activities ranging from relaxing and zen to unbounded family fun to adrenaline pumping thrills. What will you choose? Whether kayaking along the picturesque Alberni Inlet, paddle boarding in serene waters, swimming, fishing, wakeboarding, or harnessing the wind for kitesurfing and windsurfing adventures, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking coastal scenery.  If you love time on the water then the Alberni Valley is your ideal destination. From the 300 km of shoreline of Sproat Lake, flowing rivers and waterfalls to the Alberni Inlet ocean access, water is at the heart of the Alberni Valley.

Camping in the Alberni Valley – Choose your Adventure!

Make the most of your nature connection when you go camping in the Alberni Valley. Arrowvale Campground offers scenic riverside sites, while China Creek Campground combines family fun with water sports. Macktush Campsite promises a rustic setting and excellent fishing. Sproat Lake Provincial Park is perfect for hiking and relaxation. For a unique stay, try McLean Mill National Historic Park. Explore these camping gems for a refreshing break close to nature.

Summer Patio Perfection

Port Alberni’s summer dining scene goes into full swing with the first few days of warm weather. Brie & Barrel’s luxurious patio sets a romantic tone with tabletop fireplaces and local flavours. Pescadores invites you to brunch on a landscaped patio overlooking the Alberni Inlet. Boomerangs Café offers a cheerful street side experience with Australian-inspired dishes. The Starboard Grill provides a waterfront setting for a fresh west coast-style meal. For craft beer lovers, follow the BC Ale Trail to  Dog Mountain Brewery’s rooftop patio offers stunning views of downtown Port Alberni. Whether it’s an intimate garden, brunch with a view, streetside charm, or a rooftop escape, these outdoor spots promise unforgettable summer dining moments.

Wildlife Watching: Welcome to Bear Country

Every August, the Alberni Valley becomes a haven for black bears seeking to feast on the bountiful salmon runs before winter. Head to Victoria Quay for a prime bear-watching experience, offering a safe distance and picturesque views along the Somass River. The quay, surrounded by a beautiful park, provides numerous vantage points for observing Ursus Americanus in action. Essential bear-watching gear includes binoculars for a close-up view, warm clothes for variable temperatures, and snacks to enhance your experience. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Bear Country and witness these magnificent creatures against the stunning backdrop of Port Alberni’s natural beauty.

Find Summer Activities for Everyone

Plan Your Summer Getaway…

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, blissful moments of relaxation, or a peaceful retreat from the fast-paced city life, the Alberni Valley holds the key to your perfect summer vacation. From every  water sport you can imagine to serene hikes through lush forests and captivating cultural experiences, the summer season in the Alberni Valley promises an abundance of unforgettable moments. Secure your stay at one of our hotels and motels, charming lodges, cozy bed and breakfasts, or picturesque campgrounds, and awaken each day to the warmth of the summer sun and breathtaking views. Whether you’re seeking excitement or tranquility, the Alberni Valley offers an idyllic setting to create cherished memories and bask in the beauty of summer.

summer patio dining in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island

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