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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!

The Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel is excited to be apart of the Bridal Dream team Vancouver Island and we have just launch another terrific video.


We are not just accommodation we have beautiful venues for wedding of 50 up to 160 as well as a wonderful catering team. We would love to be apart of your special day.

Thinking of planning your special day?  Come in for a personal tour of our facility and see for yourself how we have everything you need under one roof.

posted by: Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel on: February 17, 2013 3:12:10 PM

When it comes to winter sports in Alberni, hockey rules the media. Judging from the headlines in its newspapers, on websites, and in coffee circles, there can’t be anything more important in Alberni than hockey.  Dominating the talk of each day is a play-by-play anaylsis of how their BC Hockey League team, Alberni Valley Bulldogs, affectionately known as the ‘Dogs, did in their last or will do in their upcoming game.  Not only are the locals mad about their playoff-bound team, but also they are ready and eager to discuss hockey at all other levels, ranging from youngsters to oldtimers.

‘Dog webpages are loaded with game results, statistics, news, videos, youtubes, and stories about every individual player and team the Bulldogs meet this year. Their website features insightful interviews, great photos, announcements about who the next captain and alternate captain will be, full schedules, news of the future, tryout camps, tips on how to bid on game-worn jerseys, standings in the Coastal Conference of the BCJHL, ticket information, souvenirs, and injury reports.  Community involvement and sponsors are highlighted. Easy links to social media such as Facebook and Twitter are provided.


The blog by Hammer uploads audio and play-by-play highlights.  Guests are interviewed on Hammer’s morning show on 93.3 The Peak FM.  Radio talk is personal and intimate, for example, announcer Hammer’s chats with “two guys that I both got to know from their times in Port Alberni possibly suiting up in the NHL on the same night.”  Alberni goes a step further than FM by inviting you to watch pay-per-view video broadcasts through Fast Hockey.

Alberni-ites are knowledgeable about their ‘Dogs because they strive to be informed about upcoming prospects.  If you thought the ‘Dog home pages were loaded with facts, analysis, ads and trivia, the same can be said about the Alberni Valley Minor Hockey’s webpages.  There you can be entertained by recent stories like “Midget Canucks Win Gold in Gold River”, “3 Girls Named to Elite Team”,  “Novice Players in News Video”, “The AVMinor Hockey Midget Tier 3 Provincial Championships March 16-21”,and  “AV Bantam (Tier 2-3) Hockey Tournament”.  Younger ages’ games such as those of the Atoms, PeeWees, and Bantams have their descriptions included among almost two dozen News and Info Categories.  If that’s not enough news, you are encouraged to select any month from the last few years’ archives and re-experience your kids’ hockey lives on the AV Home Page.

Interest does not stop in Alberni, but literally moves on to world-wide events.  The end of last year’s NHL lockout had to share the spotlight with some international hockey played in the Valley.  A cultural exchange comprised of two delegations from Alberni’s sister city,  Abashira, Japan, entertained and were entertained by their hosts.  Demonstrating Alberni’s hockey teams’ willingness to move into the community, players from the Alberni District Secondary School Hockey Academy practised with the Abashira North Stars team, who also met the Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Jr. A team in a friendly game.  An overtime game thrilled fans watching the North Stars meet local minor hockey players. In a true act of friendship, flags and gifts were exchanged, and a sumptuous Sayonara dinner at the Echo Centre was held.  The Port Alberni Twinning Society is now recruiting students to return the visit in July 2013 by traveling to Abashira to celebrate 25 years of twinning.

Other examples of community involvement include the 2010 Hockey Night at the Museum, whereby Bulldogs players were the guests, and challenged the audience to play against them on various games systems. One of the biggest upcoming hockey nights in the Alberni Valley is the PAJHS FUNdraiser on February 28, 2013. Marcel Dionne, the prolific goal scoring Hall of Famer, will be accompanied by names known throughout the hockey and sports world: Howie Meeker, Gerry James (the Dynamite Kid) and the Canuck’s Joey Kenward to name a few.  An auction at the FUNdraiser includes a signed jersey from any current NHL player!

It’s not too hard to declare that hockey in Alberni reigns supreme.  The media ensure that everyone in the Valley knows their favourite sport thoroughly, and encourages them to get involved with the players in the community, as fans, volunteers, supporters, or just to help continue that togetherness feeling the Valley is known for. In the process they can cheer on their ‘Dogs and upcoming teams to a great, if not championship, season!

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel is located just a short 5 minute drive from the Weyerhaeuser Arena, the proud home of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.