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October
31
posted by: BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel on: October 31, 2014 4:38:35 PM
 
Port Alberni has a long tradition of arts and an exciting History.  If you’re staying with us this fall, check out a few of these great arts and history attractions around town. 

Port Alberni Community Arts Council

The Rollin Art Centre at the Port Alberni Community Arts Council is our town’s hub for all things fine art.  Housing a gallery, gift shop and classroom, the facility welcomes visitors to view its exhibitions year round.  This fall, two of our town’s best artists are being exhibited: Elspeth Watson and Norm Nicholson.  Watson has put a Japanese spin on her work recently and Nicholson has captured his world travels in this beautiful exhibition.  Click here to find out more information about this exhibition.

Alberni Valley Museum

Explore the heritage and history of the Port Alberni area at this one of the finest community museums in all of British Columbia.  You’ll discover Nuu Chah Nulth art, the history of logging and fishing in the area and experience some of the unique folk art to emerge from our area over the years.  This fall, check out “We are all one: Residential School Children’s Art” which explores the role of art in healing the wounds created by these schools that forced children from their families over generations:  an important exhibition for history buffs.

The McLean "Steam" Sawmill

Port Alberni has a long and venerable history of logging and you can check this out this fall at the McLean "Steam" Sawmill, the only commercial steam-operated sawmill operating in Canada!  Check out the mill and experience the Tin Pants Troupe as they bring history to life with entertaining fables of the good old days and lead group tours of the site.  Also on site is the Steam Pot Café, so you can fuel up after checking out all the exciting sights and sounds of the mill. 

Welcome to Port Alberni, a beautiful B.C. town nestled between ocean and mountain forest.  Book your stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel today!  

July
25
Port Alberni is known for its incredible mountain and ocean scenery and vast expanses of beautiful scenery.  If you’re staying in our town this summer, check out a few of these great nearby provincial parks.  And remember, the region is home to many black bears so follow these safety tips when experiencing Port Alberni’s great outdoors.

Sproat Lake Provincial Park

Named after the early colonial administrator Gilbert Malcolm Sproat, Sproat Lake Provincial Park is located only 15 minutes from Port Alberni and offers great swimming, fishing, waterskiing and windsurfing opportunities.  There are also a few hiking opportunities in this small park that lead to some mysterious and well preserved petroglyphs created by the people Indigenous to the area.  Every Saturday throughout the summer, a Park Naturalist will present an interpretive program for children at 3pm and 7pm.  Check with the Park Host for program locations.

 

Stamp River Park

Stamp River Park features a few great hiking trails and opportunities to take in great waterfalls and river rapids.  An annual attraction of this park is the running of the salmon, which circle in the pool below Stamp Falls before climbing the fish ladders on their way to the spawning beds.  Beginning in late August, you can witness these determined fish ascend the river.

Strathcona Provincial Park

The oldest Provincial Park in British Columbia, Strathcona straddles the rugged mountain-peaked centre of Vancouver Island.  The park is a great place for backcountry camping and excursions, with over 250,000 hectares of forests, lakes and alpine tarns.  If you’re looking to day-trip to the park, check out the Buttle Lake or Forbidden Plateau areas.  A popular activity is canoeing on Buttle Lake, which offers scenic views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Strathcona Provincial Park

Welcome to Port Alberni where ocean meets city meets forest.  At the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel we do everything we can to make your stay in our town enjoyable and hassle free.  Relax in our pool, work out in our fitness centre or luxuriate in our spa.  Whether you’re looking to get outdoors or get some R&R, we’re pleased to welcome you today!

June
26
posted by: BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel on: June 26, 2014 10:52:04 AM
Sixteen acts are now booked for the Quay of Sea music festival to play free of charge for the public this Canada Day at Harbour Quay. Less then a 5 minute drive from the hotel you will find excellent entertainment this holiday weekend.  

 

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June
26

26TH YEAR OF OKEE DOKEE SLO-PITCH IN PORT ALBERNI
JUNE 28th-30th-2014

If you havent registed or purchased your tickets yet this is going to be a Funtastic event.  Who made Who tribute band, ZZ Top tribute band and so much fun and entertainment it is hard to believe they can fit it all in one weekend. 

We have special rates placed aside in the hotel for this weekend and hope that you come and stay with us while enjoying all the fun.  

   
 
Port Alberni has always had no problem in attracting eclectic musicians. And it’s really no surprise, given its unique ambiance that comes from being nestled at the edge of the Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island. This May, a number of folk artists will be performing around Port Alberni and they should definitely be checked out! Here’s the lowdown on some acts you should make a point of seeing!
 

Michael Averill

When: May 10th from 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing

Tickets: $12 in advance at Gayle’s Fashions & Rollin Arts or email

info@charslanding / $15 at the door

Michael Averill hails from Kelowna, BC and promises to bring a fun, entertaining act to Port Alberni. He has been featured on CBC throughout the country and offers a unique folk “fusion” style that captivates listeners and promotes community spirit. He has released three albums, all self-produced.

Shari Ulrich

When: May 15th from 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing

Tickets: details TBA – contact info@charslanding for the latest information

Shari Ulrich’s classic folksy voice and colorful demeanor are sure to entertain Port Alberni audiences. A California Bay Area native, Shari was heavily influenced by the 1960s “flower power” movement. Leaving for Canada as an 18-year-old, Shari has been on the road ever since, either as backpacker or a musician. She has 21 albums to her name.

Norine Braun

When: May 17th from 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Where: Char’s Landing

Tickets: details TBA – contact info@charslanding for the latest information

Norine Braun is an expressive blues and roots artist from Vancouver. Her expressive voice, varied songwriting ability and passionate delivery have allowed her to carve a niche into the crowded blues genre.

If you’d like to check out some folky music while you’re in Port Alberni next month, it looks like you’ll be treated to some great west coast artists. While you’re here to check out the music, we invite you to stay with us at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel. As Port Alberni’s largest hotel, we offer an unbeatable combination of comfort, amenities and affordability.  Wed’ be happy to host you! 

March
20
posted by: BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel on: March 20, 2014 12:27:06 PM
Here is a sneak peek at one of our favourite weddings of 2014.  Congratulations Alisha and Alan.  We thank you for letting us be part of your special day. 


Port Alberni might be best known for its world-class fishing, but there’s no reason that outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds won’t find adventure here during the winter months too.  There are plenty of day hikes, parks, and attractions within a day trip of our hotel to keep you outdoors this winter.  As an added bonus, the canopy from the surrounding temperate rainforest even helps keep you dry on rainy days!

Just outside of town is the famous MacMillan Provincial Park, better known as the ‘Cathedral Grove’.  Stand in awe of some very old growth forest.  The Douglas fir and and Western Red Cedar trees here have been growing for up to 800 years, with the largest trees reaching over 250ft tall!  The trails in the park are gentle and relatively flat, so it’s a great day hike for all ability levels.  With appropriate apparel and footwear, this park can be enjoyed on wet days as well, with the rain only adding to the natural beauty of the forest.

Another great day trip from Port Alberni is the Sproat Lake Provincial Park.  This park is a favourite for water sports lovers of all kinds in the summer months, but can also make for a very peaceful winter hike during cooler months. 

If you’ve got a vehicle during your stay, you can take a day trip to the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Islands rugged West Coast.  During the winter months the northern Pacific Ocean can stir up incredible swells, making for very waves crashing on the shorelines.  Some of the best storm watching in British Columbia happens during the winter months.  Of course, the mild climate here on the West Coast could also make for a very pleasant day too!  Be sure to check the weather before you head out, and wear appropriate clothing.

At the end of a day of adventure outdoors, come back inside to our hot tub and steam room.  Too busy during your stay to get outdoors?  Our on site fitness center will help you keep up with your routine while travelling.

 
 
November
21
We are still taking bookings for Staff and Family Christmas Parties.  
Let us take the worry out of your event.  We have several banquet rooms to meet your needs, including Mic and Podiums for Speeches and announcements, Dancefloor and full catered events.                             
 
 
               Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

 

Christmas Turkey Dinner Menu

 

Freshly baked Dinner Rolls

Assorted Pickles

 

Vegetable Pasta Salad with an Italian herb dressing

Fresh Broccoli, grape, bacon and onion

Crisp Romaine in a creamy Caesar dressing, with home made croutons

 

 

Chef Carved

Slow Roasted Turkey

 

Home made gravy, mashed potatoes, moist stuffing and cranberries

 

A colourful selection of seasonal vegetables

 

Fresh fruit salad, a selection of cakes and assorted Nanaimo bars, brownies and other fresh baked treats

 

Freshly brewed Sumatra Coffee and Red Rose Tea

 

$ 26.50 per person

 

 

All prices are exclusive of applicable taxes and gratuities

 

October
18

Coming up this Friday & Saturday (October 18-19th) is the 40th Annual Oktoberfest!  Join the fun with one of Vancouver Island’s best Oktoberfest celebrations!  For just $15 you’ll get two full nights of entertainment, dancing, and of course –great food and drink. 

The entertainment line-up features music from Vancouver’s The Silverstar.  This group is sure to keep things lively with a mix of both traditional German folk songs and modern favourites.   You’ll also love the singing, guitar and keyboard tunes of Klaus From Hamburg.  And returning again this year are the popular Austrian Edelweiss Dancers. 

The Europa Club is a group of dedicated folks who have been facilitating cultural events in Port Alberni since 1974 to help keep the traditions of Europeans alive and well.  With events ranging from, Christmas dinners, a Dutch ‘Tulip Fest’, a German carnival, and even a shooting contest at the rifle range.  The club’s Oktoberfest is the largest on all of Vancouver Island, and is possible by all members lending a hand to put on this great event.

The Oktoberfest venue, the Port Alberni Italian Hall, is located just 5 minutes from our Port Alberni Hotel.  Whether you’re in town for Oktoberfest, or happen to be here this weekend, you’ll be sure to have a great place to rest up after the festivities! 

Can’t make it Port Alberni for Oktoberfest?  Don’t worry - There’s still plenty of fun in the Alberni valley this month!  Don’t miss a concert by The Wheat in the Barley, a haunted Halloween train, and a special Halloween swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Centre (free if you’re in costume!)