Add these favourite activities to your itinerary when visiting Port Alberni and Vancouver Island
We’ve gathered a great list of “don’t miss” adventures for planning your next getaway! Here are just a few of the bucket list-worthy activities that make the Alberni Valley a favourite destination. You will want to be sure to include the Alberni Valley when planning your travel to Vancouver Island.
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Amazing Nature Hikes with Waterfalls
Stamp River Falls
Take a relaxing, easy hike over well-groomed trails alongside lush forests and river rapids to the beautiful Stamp River Falls. Be sure to visit during the fall to see the thousands of Pacific Salmon on their trip to their spawning grounds. Located in Stamp River Park head northwest of Port Alberni, follow Hwy #4 and turn onto Beaver Creek Road. Follow signs to the park.
Discover cascading falls that remind us of something out of a fairytale. Weiner Falls is a well worth the short 3.9km hike up some moderately challenging trails. The trailhead can be accessed on the opposite side of the road from Sproat Lake Landing.
See our more in-depth guide to nature hikes with waterfalls: Discover the Best Waterfall Hikes in the Alberni Valley
Walk the BC Ale Trail
Love beer? You are in the right place! Craft beer is brewing in British Columbia, and Vancouver Island is home to more than 40 Craft Brew pubs. You will find three of them in Port Alberni. Check out Twin City Brewing, where deliciously inventive beers are paired with creative pizzas baked fresh on-site. Dog Mountain Brewing, which boasts a rooftop patio that might just become your favourite place to drink a beer on Vancouver Island. And the newest addition Alberni Brewing Company opened in 2021 offers a relaxed, cozy atmosphere with plenty of seating options, they take pride in offering high quality beers a food menu that complements the brewhouse. Read more about Craft Beer in Port Alberni the Ale Trail on Vancouver Island.
Ride the West Coast WILD Zipline
Described as “the coolest thing I have ever done” in multiple reviews! This adventure includes ziplining through the canopy of an old growth rain forest then thread through the wild Kennedy River Canyon. To say that it’s both thrilling and serene may seem paradoxical at first, but that is exactly the feeling you get while you (seemingly) fly like a bird through forest and river. Online and telephone bookings available now.
“The scenery that you glide through is amazing! And the staff is awesome too. I was terrified at first but they do a great job of making you as comfortable as you could possibly be while hanging over a 100 foot drop. Also they gave us a nature tour along the way that I wasn’t expecting. It was really cool to learn about the First Nation group. 10/10 would recommend to anyone!”