Meet the Neighbours
Connected Communities in the Alberni Valley
Truly the “Heart of the West Coast” you will find Port Alberni to be the perfect hub for all of your Vancouver Island adventures. The central location of the Alberni Valley makes it a great spot to store your gear while you explore our neighbouring communities. Stay here and make a side trip to one of our neighbours to make it easier to visit more of the island
Feel like you’ve gone back in time as you explore this quaint community, known for its long sandy beach, golf courses, and afternoon tea in the Milner Gardens.
Coombs is the gateway to the Alberni Valley, and a quirky stop on your way to or from the neighbouring communities. Stop and shop for unique treasures, have an ice cream, and pick up a tasty picnic at the Coombs Country Market, and enjoy the unique tastes of this fun place. Watch out for the goats on the roof.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
If you’re a fan of rugged coasts, ancient forests, and harmony in nature, you’ll want to include this unmatched destination. With over 500 square kilometres of reserved parkland on the west coast of Vancouver Island, there’s a good chance you can see bears, wolves, whales, deer, Steller sea lions, and other beautiful creatures, all on the same day. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is popular for hiking, sea kayaking, nature photography, surfing, storm watching, and other outdoor activities. The park comprises three distinct regions: the West Coast Trail, the Broken Island Group, and Long Beach.
A tiny town on the edge of the Pacific Rim National Park, Bamfield is the closest community to the western trailhead of the West Coast trail, and a welcome sight for many weary hikers. Researchers will enjoy the work being done at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
Stop at the Market and Café for a delicious treat or enjoy a local brew in the Malsit Pub. With mild winters and warm summers, Bamfield is a destination that’s worth the trip.
The First Nations people have called Ucluelet their home for over 4300 years. This seaside community is growing in popularity as a destination for travellers wanting to explore the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and Tofino to the north. Outdoor activities abound, such as whale watching, surfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, and storm watching. Port Alberni is the closest city to Ucluelet, about 110 kilometres away.
About two hours west of Port Alberni, you’ll find the world-class beaches of Tofino, dubbed the Surfing Capital of Canada and well known for its laid-back lifestyle and friendly people.
As the only spot in Canada where surfers can ride the waves year-round, Tofino will be the training grounds for athletes hoping to make a splash in the upcoming 2020 Olympics.