Getting to the Alberni Valley

Your escape to the Alberni Valley can be as short as a day or as long as you want. Fly, float, or drive here, and discover everything you can do in our community. Getting here is easy, with all there is to see, do and enjoy, leaving will be the hard part!


Driving to the Alberni Valley

From Nanaimo/Victoria/Southern Vancouver Island:

Grab your supply of Nanaimo bars and then follow the Island Highway (Hight 1/Highway 19) North. Take exit 60 at Qualicum Beach to turn onto Highway 4 West to Port Alberni, then enjoy the scenery on your way to Port Alberni. The trip takes about 2.5 hours from Victoria, or about an hour from Nanaimo.

From Comox Valley/Courtenay/Northern Vancouver Island:

Travel south on Highway 1 or Highway 19, then take the Highway 4 exit West at Qualicum Beach. Port Alberni is about 90 minutes away from Comox.

Bus Service

The Tofino Express services the Alberni Valley, departing from Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, and Parksville, with stops in Port Alberni, Tofino, and Ucluelet.


Getting to Vancouver Island

As a fully serviced island in the Pacific, Vancouver Island has multiple ways to cross the Straight to enjoy the good life:

Ferries from Vancouver:

Vancouver Island has regular sailings to and from Vancouver, via the Tsawwassen terminal on the south end of Vancouver, and from Horseshoe Bay to the northwest. Operated by BC Ferries, the Tsawwassen terminal connects the mainland to Swartz Bay, in Victoria, and Duke Point, in south Nanaimo. The Horseshoe Bay ferry travels between Vancouver and central Nanaimo.

Flights to Vancouver Island:

We have international, regional, and commuter airports throughout Vancouver Island. Nanaimo (YCD) and Comox (YQQ) are international airports, with regularly scheduled flights on WestJet and Air Canada to many big cities. The Tofino (YAZ) regional airport is just a few hours from Port Alberni, and regular seaplane service with Pacific Seaplanes and KD Air arrive and depart from the Centennial Pier Seaplane facility in downtown Port Alberni.

By Sea:

Port Alberni is easily accessible by sea. For more information, visit

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