Things to Do in Port Alberni, BC

There is no shortage of things to do in Port Alberni, BC. There are numerous Port Alberni attractions to visit when you stay with us at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel. Port Alberni Tourism is growing annually as there are so many interesting places to see and areas to explore.


Referred to by locals as "a piece from heaven" and popular among campers and picnickers, Sproat Lake Provincial Park in the Alberni Valley has so much to offer families, friends, and solo travellers. From windsurfing, hiking, and boating to fresh water fishing, camping and refreshing clear waters where you can see thirty feet down - there is something for all ages to enjoy here. For those that would rather skip the water activities and bask in the sun, Sproat Lake has beautiful beach areas where you can relax and have a picnic.

Sproat Lake is also home to one of the most amazing panels of prehistoric petroglyphs in the province of British Columbia. The petroglyph, known as K’ak’awin, appears to be telling a story about magical ancient monsters of the lake, but there is still little known about it. When you're there, don't miss out on seeing the largest water bombers in the world! On tour, you will learn impressive details about what the Mars is capable of. It can pick up 27 tons of water in 25 seconds to take to forest fire areas. Each Mars water bomber carries over 27000 kilograms (60000 pounds) of foam. It can make a drop every fifteen minutes. Each drop can cover 1.6 hectares (4 acres). In the summer, you can participate in a guided tour of the gigantic red and white Philippine Mars water bomber. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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Robertson Creek Hatchery

A visit to the Salmon Capital would not be complete without a visit to Vancouver Island's most successful hatchery. Best yet, underwater viewing areas at each fishway allow you to look the fish right in the eye.

Alberni Harbour Quay

Enjoy a variety of charming waterfront shops, cafes, eateries, and galleries at the Harbour Quay area in Port Alberni. There is also an aquarium, a historic 100-foot tugboat that operates as a bed and breakfast and an impressive Clock Tower that offers stunning panoramic views of the Alberni Inlet. The Harbour Quay is Port Alberni's top visitor spot. You'll know why when you arrive!

McLean Mill National Historic Site

As the only commercial steam-operated sawmill in Canada, the McLean Mill National Historic Site is located on Vancouver Island. Watch those sharp blades cut wood, ride in style on a restored 1929 Baldwin locomotive, climb aboard our steam train at the 1912 CPR station and catch a show at the Nikkei Theatre. The opportunities for learning and having fun are endless at this historic attaction.

Cathedral Grove

If you thought the Martin Mars water bombers were immense, wait until you wander the trails on either side of the highway and stand next to the gigantic Douglas Fir trees that have stood there for more than 800 years. Cathedral Grove is only a 20-minute drive away from the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel and situated in MacMillan Provincial Park.

Maritime Discovery Centre

Port Alberni's Maritime Discovery Centre and its companion Hutcheson Gallery are located at 2750 Harbour Road, next to the city's deep-sea harbour. This unique maritime museum has been constructed from an actual coastal lighthouse. Mates and maties are invited to view the many exhibits and step inside this real lighthouse. While you are there, don't forget to view the historic Bamfield Lifeboat!

Alberni Valley Museum

Considered to be one of the best community museums in British Columbia, the Alberni Valley Museum is home to temporary exhibits and collections that tell the community's great history and explain its industrial ties to the fishing, logging and farming industries. There is also unique folk art, artifacts, Nuu Chah Nulth art and more to explore while there.


Lady Rose Marine Services

Spend your first night at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel and board the Francis Barkley in the morning for a day of scenic sailing. The historic Francis Barkley emulates the slower pace of life of yesteryear. You'll have plenty of time to look for wildlife and enjoy the scenery, as well as make the acquaintance of your fellow passengers. Return in the late afternoon and enjoy your second night at our cozy hotel.

ATV Rentals from West Coast Edge

During your stay at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel be sure to enjoy a thrilling ATV experience from West Coast Edge. No trip to Port Alberni is complete without a scenic adventure on an ATV under the superivsion of the professionals at West Coast Edge. To book your ATV rental please inquire at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel front desk or simply call 778.421.EDGE (3343).

Port Alberni Salmon Charters

A diverse and abundant marine life truly make Port Alberni the ultimate fishing hot spot. Enjoy a fishing expedition with Port Alberni Salmon Charters while you stay at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel in Port Alberni, BC. To book your fishing charter call Port Alberni Salmon Charters directly at 250-735-6503.

West Coast River Charters

West Coast River Charters pride themselves on providing visitors to Port Alberni with the best fishing experience possible. For more information please inquire at the Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel front desk or call 250-723-0136.

KD Air Corporation - Charter Flights

KD Air provides West Coast charter services throughout British Columbia and Western Canada. Flights can be scheduled for a range of activities including Group Getaways, Scenic Tours of Vancouver Island, Aerial Photography, Real Estate Tours and more. Simply call 1-800-665-4244 for further details.

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