Things to Put on Your Bucket List when Visiting the Alberni Valley on Vancouver Island
While we are waiting for when it’s safe to make travel plans again, we started a great list of “don’t-miss” adventures to help with your getaway dreaming! 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. Check current provincial Travel Guidelines
GETTING HERE: The Alberni Valley is located in central Vancouver Island, in between Nanaimo and Tofino. Get Directions
AMAZING NATURE HIKES, including the famous HOLE IN THE WALL
Hole in the Wall is one of those hidden gems visitors treasure on their travels. A view into some of Port Alberni’s history, the “hole” was blasted out of volcanic shale to make way for the towns early water supply. A favourite among locals, it is also the perfect stop for those driving through to Tofino and Ucluelet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This short, easy day hike is suitable for kids and dog friendly, and getting to the Hole in Wall viewpoint takes about 15 minutes walking from the parking lot on well-marked trail.
You will find the trail access just outside of Port Alberni, from a pullout across Highway 4 from Coombs Country Candy. Park at either Coombs Country Candy store or on the side of the highway (going towards Parksville). Get more details on this trail and others.
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 17 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. Meet the newest addition Alberni Brewing Company opening March 2021. Read more about 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. With COVID protocols in place, they are scheduled for a spring opening Mid March. 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!”