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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.


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! 

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.

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



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!)

With a world of natural wonders at our doorstep, Port Alberni is often a destination for those seeking a serene experience on a pristine lake or scenic trail. And while our city is indeed the perfect place to connect with the peaceful side of Mother Nature, the next couple of months offer something a bit different… OK, a lot different. From the roar of motorcycle engines to the hoots and hollers of excited fisherman, the summer events in Port Alberni offer in-your-face excitement to crowds in the thousands.
“It’s all about the smoke and the noise”, say spectators, and that’s certainly the primary sensory input at the Thunder in the Alberni Valley drag racing competition—in addition to the flash of souped-up dragsters screaming past your field of vision. Taking place at the at the Port Alberni Regional Airport on the longest drag strip on Vancouver Island, it’s a 2-day extravaganza of races, burnouts and awesome automobiles.
Salmon Festival and Derby, Aug. 30 - Sept. 2
Now in it’s 42nd year, the Port Alberni Salmon Festival is one of our city’s most beloved annual events. More than just a fishing derby, the Salmon Fest features live entertainment, activities, an artisans market and much more. Although its organizers had a rocky start in organizing this year’s fest because of increasing costs, generous local support ultimately helped them make it happen, much to the relief of the thousands of salmon lovers who visit the fest every year.
When you hear the fearsome growl of a thousand motorcycles ripping down the road, you probably don’t associate the sound with teddy bears and Barbie dolls. But at the Port Alberni Toy run, which brings together more than 1200 motorcyclists for a ride to benefit kids in need, that’s exactly what these leather-clad speedsters will be carrying. The ride begins at Little Qualicum Falls and finishes at Glenwood Centre where there will be bike games, a show & shine competition and fun activities for the whole family including contests, clowns and face painting.
For more information on local events and attractions in the Port Alberni area over the coming months, stay tuned to our blog.  And for comfortable Port Alberni accommodations that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, choose the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, Port Alberni’s largest full-facility hotel. 
As children, many of us have heard stories of our parents and grandparents spending their summer evenings at the Drive-In Movie Theatre, curled up under blankets in the warmth of their own vehicles and snacking on homemade picnics and classic concession snacks.  Sadly, many of those theatres have long since closed down, replaced with luxury movie theatres that offer high prices, plush seats and massive screening capacities.  While these theatres certainly offer a lavish movie-going experience, the cozy, personal shared experience of the Drive-In have been lost along the way.  It is in this theme that Parks, Recreation and Heritage of Port Alberni brings the 6th annual summer Starlight Movie Night on Tuesday, August 6th.
A family-friendly event, the Starlight Movie night offers an enchanting night of entertainment under the stars for those of all ages, featuring great music, plenty of food, and of course an outdoor movie screening, bringing back that classic Drive-In feeling, only without the clutter of automobiles.  Previous years have seen upwards of 1,800 people showing up to enjoy the fun-filled night, which in the past has included bouncy castles and face-painting for kids, and numerous concession stands and fantastic live music performances for the rest.  And the best part of it all?  The entire event is 100% free for everyone!
The headlining feature is always a family-friendly film suitable for those of any age, and is shown on a giant 40-foot inflatable screen.  Those attending are welcome to bring lawn-chairs and blankets to make their movie-watching experience the most comfortable one it can be, with additional seating available in the stands.  This year, the screening venue has moved from Bob Dailey Stadium to the Echo Minor Ballfield, across from the Alberni Valley Multiplex.
The entertainment kicks off at 7pm, with the film starting around 9 pm when dusk sets in.  People are encouraged to show up early to claim their ideal spot and preferred seating.  Curious as to what the feature film will be?  You’ll just have to wait and see, as the Starlight Movie Night organizing crew never gives away the secret of what movie will be playing.
After spending your evening enjoying a great summer movie with your family, make sure you tuck yourself in to one of our cozy, comfortable beds here at BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel.  Located right in the heart of Port Alberni, our hotel is only a quick 5 minutes away from Echo Field and all your movie-viewing pleasure.  Give us a call and book your stay with us today!