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.

Weather Conditions in Port Alberni

North America: 1.800.255.5057 - UK: 0.800.051.6364 - Australia: 1.800.143.454

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Saturday, February 16 2019

Here in Victoria the snow is dissipating which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner. While many others remain locked in winter's grasp, most everyone (except for the die-hard skiers) are thinking of warmer weather. And from my corner of the world, this translates to kayak vacations. In particular, our trips to Haida Gwaii, Johnstone Strait and Broken Group are gathering speed, with a number of departures sold out and some others having one or two seats remaining. Please use our search engine to select a date and trip - if the departure you want is booked please let me know.  If the demand is there, I might be able to put on another departure. 

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