Moving To / From Port Alberni
During the Spanish occupation of the Nootka outpost in 1789-95 the inlet got its name after the Spanish commander in charge, Don Pedro Alberni. In the early 1850’s, Hudson Bay Company employee Adam Horne started fur trading with the area’s Salish and Nootka First Nations. The area began to grow around 1860 when the first sawmill was erected. Alberni was surrounded by excellent and plentiful lumber and the inlet offered easy access for logging, and many of the pioneers who had come here to farm and mine eventually turned to logging.
Today, Port Alberni is a fishing, lumber and shipping centre. Tourism is also an important industry with the city surrounded by mountains, lakes and forest. The Martin Mars Water Bombers, huge aircraft that fight fires, protect the natural resources.
The City of Port Alberni is situated on central Vancouver Island, at the head of the Alberni inlet, on a deep-water port. Port Alberni is located on Highway #4, approximately 195 km north of Victoria
The population of Port Alberni numbers approximately 18,790.
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Port Alberni has an average July temperature of 17.2°C and an average January temperature of 2.6°C. The average annual precipitation is 2239 mm.
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West Coast General Hospital
3949 Port Alberni Hwy.
Port Alberni, BC
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Located at Harbour Quay, the market is open Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Vendors include local produce, baked goods, cheeses and meats.
Alberni Valley Museum
The museum traces the history of the area and displays artifacts from the First Nations culture.
McLean Mill Historic Site
13 hectares and over 30 buildings help you take a unique look into the past and see how loggers lived and worked. Trace the beginning of the forest industry and its process.
A walkway to stroll around the harbour and visit shops, restaurants, a play park and spray pool.
This park offers paved walkways, a spray park and playground, surrounded by groomed gardens and shrubs.
Macmillan Provincial Park
This famous park is home to Cathedral Grove rain forts a collection of ancient Red Cedars and 800 year old Douglas Fir Trees.