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posted by: Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel on: October 23, 2018 1:02:36 PM

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From most anywhere in Port Alberni, you can see the harbour and the grand mountainscape in the background. Famous for being a mill town and a forestry hub, it also has lots of great winter attractions to explore as well! Read on to find out more:


Alberni Valley Museum

Teeming with rich history, the Alberni Valley Museum is an attraction you won’t want to miss! Considered one of the best collections in British Columbia, the museum features local history, native art, and explores the town’s industrial history in logging, fishing, and farming.


Port Alberni Quay

The Port Alberni Quay offers a great excuse to get outside - not only is there a gorgeous path with a view overlooking the inlet and mountains, but at the end, you’ll find a little market at the quay, filled with shops, eateries, and galleries! Locals always recommend you don’t miss the ice cream and doughnuts as you shop around - just make sure to have cash on hand, as some businesses are cash-only.


Forest Walks

The MacMillan forest, located just 20 minutes from town, the MacMillan Provincial Park offers a beautiful and relaxing trail lined with old-growth forest. The smell of the trees mixed with the salty ocean air, if anything, is worth a visit. On your way, you may also choose to come across the enchanting little ‘Inukshuk forest’, and waterfall at the natural window, ‘Hole in the Wall’, just 15 minutes away from the MacMillan forest.


To wrap up a fun-filled day, we invite you to come and stay at our Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel. We are pleased to offer a delicious on-site meal at one of our two restaurants, the Stamps Cafe or the Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill, depending on your mood. Please also enjoy our heated pool, fitness centre, and spa. We hope you have a wonderful stay in Port Alberni!


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The weekend of August 10-12, 2018 Port Alberni plays host to two outstanding events: the Five Acre Shaker and Thunder in the Valley. For music enthusiasts, the Five Acre Shaker is a festival not to be missed, with its stunning setting and top-calibre artists.  Car aficionados will be wowed by the vehicles and drivers participating in the 18th annual Thunder in the Valley’s drag races, where tires will squeal and engines will roar.

Five Acre Shaker – August 10-12, 2018

Returning for its fourth year, the Five Acre Shaker is a music festival that has grown from its original five acre footprint to its current location at beautiful McLean Mill Historic Park on a marvellous 37 acres. That’s lots of space to move to the beats from this festival’s extraordinary roster of bands and artists. Headlined by Swollen Members, the festival includes a variety of genres and top talent including Deep Sea Gypsies, JP Maurice, Sirreal, Wil and Sam Klassik.

While the festival started as a memorial to Port Alberni musician Zakkare Coss, it has evolved into an entertainment-packed 3-day weekend featuring more than 30 artists and performers, games and contests, a market area including food trucks, merchandise and artisan vendors, and zen-friendly activities including yoga, hula and drumming workshops.

This adult-focused festival has a site-wide liquor license instead of a beer garden area and highlights local producers such as Twin City Brewing who will be serving their Shaker Session Ale on-site. While Friday and Saturday are strictly 19+, Sunday’s line-up is family oriented and includes games, contests and performances that kids are sure to love.

Make your festival experience even more fun by getting to and from the event site by steam train! There is a stop immediately behind the Best Western Barclay, making it easy to get to (and from) the festival site after a restful sleep and restorative shower in your hotel room. Shaker Tickets can be purchased online.


Thunder in the Valley – August 11 & 12, 2018

Big engines – check. Squealing tires – check. August 11 & 12, experience legal drag racing in downtown Port Alberni during the 18th annual Thunder in the Valley. With more than 150 racers expected, this showcase of speed, smoke and fun is sure to get your pulse racing as you watch vehicles hit speeds up to 240 km/hr.

Stamp Avenue is the location of the 1/8 mile drag races where five classes or racers will put their pedal to the metal. It’s a truly unique event bringing in some of the top drag racers from across North America.

The spectator access and viewing is accessed from Victoria Quay at the south end of Stamp Avenue – located an easy 10-minute walk from the Best Western Barclay. Admission is $20/day or $35 for both days, and children under 12 are free with an adult.


Created with the intent of giving young musicians somewhere to showcase their talents, the Port Alberni Youth Battle of the Bands is a lively event for music lovers to see emerging musical talent from all over Vancouver Island. The artists involved in the event span a wide range of genres and are all under 25 years old. This year the event will take place on May 26th at The Rainbow Room in Port Aberni and is presented by the Zattzoo Project.


Of course, the young musicians are not only playing for exposure and experience; they’re also going to be competing for prize money and the chance to play at the Five Acre Shaker this coming summer. The winning act will get $1000 and a spot at the Five Acre summer event. Second place will take home $500. There will also be another $500 prize up for grabs, which is awarded to the band voted ‘fan favourite’. Five other $100 prizes will be given out as well—best guitar, best bass, best drummer, best singer, and one more category.


Zattzoo Project’s Kim Blake and her son, Dallas Ward, started the event to give young local musicians a venue to play at. Blake tragically lost son, Zakk Cross, in a car accident. Cross was a young musician who often lamented not having anywhere in the Port Alberni area to play. Blake established the event in order to keep young musical talent in the area.


Bands and solo acts who want to take part in the event can now register through the Battle of the Bands Facebook page. Local promoters and event planners will be in attendance, so the acts get some much needed exposure.


If you’re coming in for Battle of the Bands and are looking for accommodation in the Port Alberni area, be sure to check out the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel. We are the largest full facility hotel in the area and offer luxurious, yet affordable rooms. 

Capitol Theatre is accustomed to hosting unique, different, and at times maybe odd playwrights over the years; but, none other has sparked such laughter and amusement in the halls of the theatre then that of Dan Goggin’s “Nunsensations: The Vegas Revue”.


What To Expect

Laughs and pure entertainment is the end goal and the “Nunsensations’” cast has worked very hard to make this a reality. Dubbed the “Nunscence” show, this tells the story of a nunnery which receives a $10,000 donation if the Sister school agrees to perform in a club in Las Vegas. Naturally, as the holy world of Sisterhood collides with Sin City, these nuns partake on an interesting adventure of fun-filled musical numbers and sequined covered dancers.


Tickets, Dates, & More

 This play is fun for all ages! One critic summed up the production perfectly stating, “it’s a whole lot funny, and a little bit naughty, but there ain’t nothin’ dirty goin’ on”. This production won’t last long so you definitely don’t want to miss your chance! Capitol Theatre will only host “Nunsensations: The Vegas Revue” on certain days Feb-March, 2018. This schedule goes as such: Friday nights include Feb 23rd and March 2nd & 9th; Saturday nights of Feb 24th and March 3rd & 10th; Sunday will feature only matinee showings on Feb 25th and March 4th & 11th; and last but not least, one showing will be also be held on Thursday, March 8th. Online tickets can be purchased here.


Best Western Barclay Hotel is lucky to be situated in the heart of Port Alberni so our guests can enjoy the wonders our city holds.This includes being only a 5 minute drive from Capitol Theatre where “Nunsensations” is hosted. Our hotel offers some of the greatest deals on clean, comfortable accomodation in the Port Alberni area, so you can get the most out of your stay!  

Christmas is coming up fast, and our community in Port Alberni is already planning lots of great events to bring joy to locals and visitors alike this holiday season. Whether you need to get your holiday shopping done or want to just relax with some bright Christmas lights or live music, we’ve got you covered. See our suggestions below for Christmas events in Port Alberni this December:


Christmas Craft Fair | December 1-3

The second annual Christmas Magic Market returns to Port Alberni from December 1-3, presented by the Uptown Urban Market. This three-day event features a Christmas craft show with local vendors and small businesses who will be selling their unique handmade gifts. There’s no better place to get your Christmas shopping done with plenty of time to spare! Check it out at Hanson Hall from 1-7pm, less than a 30 minute walk away from Best Western Plus Barclay, or less than 5 minute away by car.


The Great Sail Past & Light Up | December 3

Join us for a light up on the water! On the evening of Sunday, December 3rd, lots of boats of varying shapes and sizes will head out on the water to show off their elaborate Christmas light displays. The view from the shore is sure to be simply stunning! The event will also feature barbecue and hot dogs, live music, and a fireworks display. Everything takes place at Harbour Quay, a short 5 minute drive away from Best Western Plus Barclay.


Timbre! Choir presents Now the Bells Ring | December 10

On Sunday, December 10th, our local beloved Timbre! Choir will be performing a beautiful concert of classic Christmas songs, from old to new. Prepare for a festive afternoon with all your favourite tunes, including Angels We Have Heard On High, The Christmas Song, and, of course, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch. The show will be held at the ADSS Auditorium, just a 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk away from Best Western Plus Barclay. Tickets are $20 for adults and seniors, and just $5 for children and students under 18 years old. Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours soon!


There are so many great Christmas events to check out in Port Alberni this winter! By staying at Best Western Plus Barclay, you get clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodations that are centrally located for everything you’ll want to see and do. There’s no better place to plan your family holiday vacation!

As summer approaches, Port Alberni is excited to host the 9th annual Black Ty Gala on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. This year’s theme is Starry Night, celebrating the famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh, depicting a quiet village under a brilliant night sky. An awe-inspiring and unforgettable work of art, this year’s Black Ty Gala is sure to leave you with the same lasting impression (pun intended!).
The evening will begin with a champagne reception, sponsored by Tyler-Mollon, followed by a scrumptious dinner by chef Dave Timmons. Then stay for the main event – the auctions where you’ll get the chance to bid on some priceless and wonderful things!
The Gala is made possible by businesses and individuals who generously donate items and services, such as fine art, wine, trips and activities, gift certificates, and more. These are auctioned off at the Gala in both live and silent auctions, with all proceeds supporting Ty Watson House.
The Black Ty Gala is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year. Ty Watson House is a 4 bed community hospice with 24-hour care right in Port Alberni. It benefits those who are battling a life-altering illness but who do not require hospital admission. Ty Watson house is operated by the Alberni Valley Hospice Society, who hosts the Black Ty Gala. AV Hospice employs passionate staff and volunteers who provide a large variety of services to members of the community who are the end of their lives, and support their caregivers and loved ones before and after passing.
This wonderful event will take place at Echo Community Centre, just a 15 minute walk away from Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel. Tickets are $100 and are eligible for a $60 tax receipt. You can purchase tickets through the Alberni Valley Hospice Society website, or locally at the hospice’s main office, Boutique Belles Amies and Jim’s Clothes Closet. We at Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel are so proud to be a part of this vibrant community and love to support the organizations who make it thrive. We are ideally located near the event, so you can truly make it a night to remember! 
We are very excited to share our Fitness Center is looking better than ever.  Don't take our word for it, come on in and check it out when you stay with us. 

Visiting Vancouver Island’s Alberni this February? Then you’re in luck, because the city is hosting plenty of events to make sure its visitors are well entertained during their trip. Do a spot of Valentine’s Day shopping, check out some live music, and catch a classic film. If it were all on the same date, wouldn’t that be the greatest date you could have? Book your stay BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel and enjoy the convenience of being centrally located while also having a spacious room.

Shopping for Love

Who’s in the mood for love? It’s hard not to feel in love in Alberni, so we’re sure you are already! However, if you need an extra push then there’s a Valentine’s Mini-Bazaar taking place on February 11 from 9am until 3pm. Head down to Cherry Creek Hall, just a short 5 minute drive from our hotel, and pick up a special home crafted item for your significant other. Nothing says I Love You like a well thought out, unique gift!

Local Bands Bring the Folk Rock

It’s going to be a night of folky rock goodness on February 11, when Vancouver Island’s very own Maverick Cinema will bringing their musical talents to Char’s Landing. The band will be supported by Non Stop Talk. Polish off your dancing shoes and get ready to dance the night away. The show begins at 8 and runs until around midnight.

Old Stone

How’s a critically acclaimed Chinese-Canadian film film sound? On February 26, the Paramount Theatre Film Festival will be presenting a showing a Old Stone, a film detailing the plight of poor Lao Shi, who’s on a mission to be cleared for an accident he didn’t cause. The film received plaudits from film critics, so it’s not to be missed for any film lover.


Christmas is a time of such good cheer that it deserves to be stretched out to encompass as much of the year as possible. Visit Port Alberni this November and you’ll be able to indulge in the goodness of Christmas, all the while enjoying the atmosphere and activities of the city. Our hotel is ideally situated to experience the best the city has offer, and includes a pool and fitness centre, on-site dining, and much more.

Christmas in the Valley

Find the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family back home at Christmas in the Valley, a craft fair that specialises in a wide range of products, including woodwork, jewelry, homemade candles and soaps, paintings, and much more. The large fair takes place over three days from Friday November 11 - Sunday November 13. Admission is free.

Christmas Tree Light Up

It’s hard not to get carried away with the spirit of Christmas at a tree lighting ceremony. Head on down to the Blue Marlin as the large outdoor tree is lit up with hundreds of lights. Takes place from 6 - 9pm on November 20 and includes plenty of Christmas fun.

Christmas Ballet

Fall in love the Nutcracker all over again on Saturday November 26, when Stage West & Urban Dance will be hosting their production of the classic Russian ballet. Set to much loved music by Tchaikovsky, follow the story of Christmas toys and magic as ballet dances bring the narrative to life in stunning fashion. Takes place at ADSS Auditorium at 7pm.

Craft Sale

Another craft sale will be taking place on Sunday November 20 at 3945 4th Avenue. Featuring homemade chocolates, art, crafts, jewelry, clothing and much more, this event is a fundraiser to local charities and provides visitors the opportunity to buy for a good cause as well as pick up a great gift. Takes place 10am - 5pm.

port alberni salmon fest hotel

It’s almost that time of year again! In just a few weeks, Port Alberni’s Salmon Festival will make its annual return—for a whopping 45th time!

This awesome staple of the Port Alberni calendar is a great choice for guests of all ages and descriptions; from solo travellers, to couples, to families!

Here’s a bit of information on this highly anticipated event!

First up, the basics: It all goes down on Labour Day weekend, from September 2nd to 5th, at the Clutesi Haven Marina, just a short drive from our conveniently located Port Alberni Hotel.

As its name suggests, this festival is a celebration of all things salmon. Over the course of the weekend, these beautiful fish will be caught, weighed, photographed and—you guessed it—cooked up and eaten. Of course, there’s so much more to this festival than its namesake.

The weekend will also feature plenty of live music and karaoke, a beer garden, a chainsaw carving contest, plenty of fishing demos, and more. Travelling with kids? They’ll have a great time too, as the event will include a handful of entertaining and enriching children’s activities. And finally, it’s worth mentioning that the event will see more than $55,000 in cash and prizes given away, so there’s a good chance you won’t leave empty handed. For a full rundown of the event’s many attractions, click here

Intrigued? Well, we can’t blame you. Port Alberni’s Salmon Festival has been a success, year after year, and this year figures to be no different. 

Of course, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest when each day of this awesome event is over, and in Port Alberni, there’s no better choice in that regard than our cozy hotel. Book your stay today and enjoy a range of comfortable rooms, a long list of convenient amenities, and great rates. We look forward to welcoming you to our picturesque corner of the province!