Winter Getaways

Celebrate the Season in the Alberni Valley

Discover the joy of winter in the Alberni Valley, where snow-covered mountains and festive cheer create a magical atmosphere for all to enjoy. From lively markets to thrilling sports events and outdoor adventures, there’s an abundance of activities waiting to be explored making it a perfect winter getaway.

Winter Famers Markets in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley, Vancouver Island

Festive Markets and Fun Shopping

Embrace the holiday spirit at the Winter Wonderland Market, a delightful event held at the Bob Dailey Stadium in December. Wander through rows of vendors offering handmade crafts, tasty treats, and unique gifts, while enjoying live music and entertainment that adds to the festive atmosphere. For a more traditional shopping experience, don’t miss the Port Alberni Farmers Market, where you can browse stalls brimming with fresh produce, baked goods, and artisanal goods perfect for the season.

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Game, Port Alberni, BCHL, Vancouver Island

Hockey Games and Skating Excitement

Experience the thrill of winter sports with exciting hockey games and leisurely skating sessions in the Alberni Valley. Cheer on the Port Alberni Bulldogs as they hit the ice at the Weyerhaeuser Arena, showcasing their skills and competing against rival teams in action-packed matches throughout the season. If you prefer a more relaxed activity, grab your skates and glide across the ice at the Alberni Valley Multiplex Arena, where public skating sessions offer fun for all ages and skill levels.

Winter Hikes and Snowshoeing Adventures

Those who bundle up with some rain gear to explore trails will be rewarded with dramatic and moody winter beauty of the forest. For those prepared to go a bit higher elevation, snowshoeing expeditions, especially on Mount Arrowsmith, may find a snowy wonderland to explore. Accessing these trails may require a capable vehicle due to steep and snowy conditions, but the reward is breathtaking views and a chance to reconnect with nature, offering an unforgettable experience for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. Additionally, winter hikes along the region’s scenic trails, such as the Alberni Inlet Trail, provide another avenue for exploration and appreciation of the winter wilderness.

Storm watchers on the beach in Tofino

Storm watchers on the beach in Tofino

Coastal Storm Watching

Witness the raw power of nature with exhilarating storm watching experiences along the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Venture to designated viewing areas such as Amphitrite Point Lighthouse in Ucluelet or Wickaninnish Beach in Tofino, where you can witness towering waves, dramatic skies, and swirling winds creating a mesmerizing spectacle. Bundle up in warm layers, grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and prepare to be spellbound by the awe-inspiring beauty of winter storms crashing against the rugged shoreline. Whether you’re seeking adventure or simply want to marvel at nature’s forces, storm watching on the west coast offers a captivating winter experience like no other.

Sit Back + Savour Slow Food Dining

When all else is done, reward yourself by sampling the Alberni Valley’s vibrant restaurant scene. Cozy up at local eateries, where you can savour seasonal ingredients, creative dishes, and warm hospitality. From hearty comfort food to gourmet delights, there’s something for every palate to enjoy during the winter months. Whether you’re dining with friends, family, or that special someone, slow food dining invites you to enjoy each bite and embrace the simple pleasures of the season.

Warmth in Every Sip, Port Alberni’s Cozy Cafés

Discover the perfect retreat from the winter cold with a plethora of Port Alberni’s charming cafes. Step inside and escape the brisk air with a steaming cup of your favorite brew. Whether you’re craving a velvety latte, a robust espresso, a soothing herbal tea, or a decadent hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows, these local spots have just what you need to thaw out and unwind.

Take a Bulldogs game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex in Port Alberni, Alberni Valley

Take in a BCHL Hockey Game with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs

Welcome to the Dawg Pound! The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are a highlight of the community. Youth under the age of 18 attend for free when accompanied by an adult! Witness the spirit of the community at the Dawg Pound. The kick off game of the season is September 30th.

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

BC Ale Trail

If you are a craft beer lover, you will want to be sure to check out all the stops on the BC Ale Trail on Vancouver Island, including 3 fantastic Port Alberni Craft Beer Breweries

Plan Your Winter Getaway…

Whether you’re seeking festive adventures, outdoor thrills, or moments of cozy relaxation, the Alberni Valley offers the perfect winter escape for everyone. Book your stay at one of our cozy accommodations, from charming lodges to quaint bed and breakfasts, and experience the magic of winter in this picturesque destination. Whether you’re embarking on a solo adventure, a family getaway, or a romantic retreat, let the Alberni Valley be your winter wonderland destination.

enjoying drinks around a fire, Port Alberni

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