Read our Port Alberni Hotel blog

The Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel Blog

April
16
 
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! 
March
1
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.

 

October
31
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!

 
Mother’s Day Buffet

Brunch  10 – 2 

     Breakfast Items

 Eggs Benny, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Savory Hashbrowns, Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Belgian Waffles, Pancakes

Frittata  

Fresh Fruit Salad, Danish and Muffins

Assorted Cereals, Granola and Yogurt

  

Lunch Items 

Chef Carved Roast Beef

Homestyle Lasagna, Chicken Cordon Bleu

Herb Crusted Cod, Southern Fried Chicken,

 Bavarian Sausage w Sauerkraut, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables, Fresh Pan Gravy, Cabbage Rolls and Sweet & Sour Meat Balls

  

An assortment of salads, pickles, deli meats and cheeses, fresh vegetables with dip

A large variety of desserts

 

Adults $ 26.95

Seniors $ 24.95

Kids 10 and under $1.50 per year of age.

May
5
posted by: Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel on: May 5, 2016 4:58:03 PM
 

Mothers day evening features

2 piece Lemon Pepper Cod  $17.95

 

  

 

 

 


vancouver island act5ivities cathedral

As B.C.’s amazing spring weather continues, there’s no better time to walk among some of North America’s biggest, oldest trees in the gorgeous Cathedral Grove. Halfway between Parksville and Port Alberni, this enchanting forest is one of a few remaining ancient Douglas Fir and Red Cedar ecosystems in B.C., with the largest trees towering at 250 feet tall and 800 years old. In this area, you’ll also find unprotected archeological artifacts left behind by this area’s Indigenous Peoples. These peoples modified the giant trees as part of their traditional use of the forest, stripping off the red cedar bark for aboriginal and ceremonial purposes – some date back to 1137 AD.


Cathedral Grove is in MacMillan Provincial Park, which has a network of trails to explore. You can access the Grove by the main highway through the park, with Douglas Firs inhabiting the south side of the road and Red Cedar on the north side.

If you do wander into the Grove, we hope you’re going with a large group of friends - it takes several people to give one of the giant firs a hug! And PLEASE – leave the cigarettes in the car and out of the forest! If this ancient forest moves you, feel free to “feed” the donation tree next to the main trail, and know that your contributions will go towards youth team trail projects, volunteer projects, revegetation projects and new signs to ensure the park remains open and protected.

While you’re in Port Alberni wandering the trails of Vancouver Islands majestic old-growth forests drop your bags at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel so you can come home to amazing amenities and a comfortable bed at the end of the day. Book your stay online for fast, easy reservations and don’t forget to pack your hiking boots!



Valentine’s day is rapidly approaching—and you know what that means! If you haven’t done any planning yet, don’t panic. It sounds like a romantic trip to Port Alberni is in order! We’ve found three of our favourite Valentine’s Day events, so all you have to do it show up.

Valentine Craft Show – Feb 13

Get ready for the big day by sneaking out to this great craft show. You’ll be able to pick up all kinds of gifts for your partner from local artists and artisans—and maybe even a couple things for yourself! From jewelry to cards, Avon to nails, tarot card readings to plenty of baking and treats, there’s bound to be something for everyone. Located in the quaint Cherry Creek Hall, this is a great chance to see the community at its finest. Learn more here.

The Bread of Life Valentine’s Fundraising Dinner – Feb 13

Now we know this isn’t Valentine’s day, but think of it as a practice run that will also be helping others enjoy a better Valentine’s Day. The Bread of Life dining hall will be hosting a delicious dinner of appetizers, beverages, salad, Mexican pie, desserts, and more, all for only $10. The funds raised will go to the Bread of Life, where they will use the money to help feed and support the homeless and impoverished. A great deal, and a great cause! Learn more here.

Valentine’s Date Night – Feb 13-14

Now for the big night! Head over to Drinkwaters Public House for a romantic four-course meal. A candlelit experience set to the live piano melodies of Gary Hodi. The meal will be from House Chef Steven Muise, and is sure to make any evening delightful. Then, walk off the meal at the beautiful Sproat Lake Landing, where you can take in the mountain, lake, and forest views of Port Alberni. Learn more here.

Once you’ve drunk in the sights of Port Alberni (and perhaps a couple of glasses of wine), head back to our hotel, where you’ll fall in love with your cozy room. Book yours today. We look forward to your visit!

October
30



On the hunt for fun around beautiful Port Alberni, BC? Well, as always, you’re in luck! Over the coming weeks, our region is scheduled to host dozes of exciting events, all of which are very much worth checking out!

Here are some of the upcoming highlights!

Alberni Valley Bulldogs Home Games

This November, Port Alberni’s beloved BCHL team, The Bulldogs, are scheduled for four, action-packed home games. On November 6th, watch them take on the Vernon Vipers. One night later, on the 7th, watch them tangle with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Then, on the 10th watch as they take on the Nanaimo Clippers before playing their last November home game against the Langley Rivermen on the 15th. All of this hockey fun goes down at the Weyerhaeuser Arena, just moments from our centrally located hotel. Learn how to get your tickets here!

A Little Bit Country Concert | November 20

If you prefer live music to live sports, turn your attention to Point Alberni’s ADSS Auditorium where, on November 20, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some awesome country music. Scheduled to appear are performers like The Chris Buck Band, Rod Black and Lauren Spencer-Smith, who combine for a country concert that’s sure to get you moving. The show begins at 7:00pm. Get your tickets at the auditorium!

Magic Cottage Craft & Gift Sale | November 28- December 12

Christmas is just around the corner. That means its time to start thinking about your seasonal shopping, and in Port Alberni, you’ll soon have the perfect chance to cross some items off your list. Starting on November 28, head down to 3945 4th Avenue for a charming craft and gift sale, complete with handmade chocolates and treats, jewellery, vintage collectables, fabric crafts, paper crafts, knitted things, clothing, glass work, needlework, Holiday decor and lots more!

Yes, there’s plenty going on in Port Alberni this November. All it takes to partake in the fun is a room at our cozy hotel! Book yours today and enjoy wonderful amenities, a great location, and fantastic rates! We look forward to welcoming you to town!