Description of Port Alberni

Port Alberni (population: 17,548) and the pastoral Alberni Valley serve as the gateway to BC’s west coast. Just a 193-km drive northwest from the provincial capital, Victoria, Port Alberni boasts a magnificent, deep-sea port that opens to Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound and the Pacific Ocean. The forest industry remains its economic mainstay, other economies include a growing retiree community and tourism.

Surrounded by freshwater lakes and streams, the area is popular for its salmon sports fishing, as well as for hiking, camping and kayaking. It is from Port Alberni that the sturdy wooden packet freighter MV Frances Barkley makes its daily excursions to Barkley Sound. Some of our kayak tours of the Broken Group Islands depart on these ships from the Quay in downtown Port Alberni.

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"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself.

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