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Savour the Alberni Valley

Welcome to Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. The Alberni Valley is home to a rich and diverse community working together to bring you incredible flavours, great value, artistic masterpieces, and comfortable and friendly accommodations. Discover the best places to eat, shop, stay in the Alberni Valley.

Use our business directory (scroll down) to help you find everything you need. From a great selection of dining options and family friendly sweet treats, to pubs and breweries when you are thirsty and want to have some fun. You can shop local crafts and artisans, souvenirs and keepsakes, plus supplies and gear rentals for your west coast adventures. Be sure to check out the list of attractions, recreation options, and tours too!

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Guide to Alberni Valley

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Farm Markets and Local Goods

Harbour Quay Farmers Market

This Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 9 am to 12 noon, in Spirit Square at the picturesque Harbour Quay, year-round. You will find locally grown beef, chicken, pork, lamb and emu products. Enjoy fresh, local seasonal vegetables, and fruits, with local artisans and crafters offering a wide array of locally crafted items. Learn more on the Spirit Square Farmers Market Facebook page.

Cherry Creek Farmers Market

If you can make it, bake it, or grow it, you’ll find it at the Cherry Creek Farmers Market. This market runs year-round, every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. Located at the First Baptist Church, 6211 Cherry Creek Road. Booths are located under shelter and indoors. Assorted meats, early greens, fresh eggs, honey, home baking, handcrafted soap, woodwork, knitting and more. Learn more on the Port Alberni Farmers Market Facebook page.

Naesgaard’s Farm Market

A family-run market for over 40 years, with an eclectic selection of wares. Fresh fruits and vegetables, home and garden decor, women’s fashion and unique gifts, as well as fresh-cut Christmas trees, ornaments and all things Christmas during the holiday season. Known for the largest selection of clay pots on Vancouver Island and for their famous pot sale, Naesgaard’s is one of those places you can’t find anywhere but in the Alberni Valley. See Naesgaard’s Facebook page for current specials and events.

Shopping Centres

Pacific Rim Shopping Centre

City shopping with small-town service. Pacific Rim Shopping Center, in Port Alberni, is where you can find your favourite national brands and big-box stores. Hardware, sporting goods, vehicle repairs, groceries, clothing, banking, pet supplies, restaurant and coffee shops. Easy to access and plenty of free parking. Get directions to Pacific Rim Shopping Centre

NorthPort Plaza

The last spot to shop before heading to the West Coast, NorthPort offers all your last-minute items. Groceries, books, souvenirs, liquor, sporting goods, hardware, vehicle repair, and several dining and fast food restaurant options. Keep right at the Visitor Information Centre junction. Get directions to North Port Plaza


The original city centre is being revitalized with boutique shops and various art galleries that are worth making the time to explore. Home to the Rotary Arts District with art displayed on the street in sculptures, banners, murals and even doors. Turn left at the Visitor Information Centre junction and follow the signs for City Centre.

Harbour Quay

A fantastic waterfront location with a delicious and delightful Farmers Market on Saturdays. Choose from various dining options from coffee and doughnuts to chocolates, all-day breakfast, lunch, or fine dining. Galleries and small boutiques offer an intimate shopping experience. Turn left at the Visitor Information Centre junction and follow the signs for Harbour Quay.

Central (10th and Redford)

Park and shop at this convenient collection of stores, with plenty of parking and all the basics: grocery stores, drugstore, liquor store, bank, and restaurants.