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Port Alberni is a city located in the province of British Columbia in Canada.


Port Alberni sits beneath Mount Arrowsmith and is almost completely surrounded by mountains. It is a 1.5 hour drive from Pacific Rim National Park. The city is also known for its fishing. Its waters contain five different species of salmon and yearly runs of steelhead. Halibut can also be found in the saltwater inlets near the city.

The state-of-the-art Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery is the most successful hatchery on Vancouver Island, producing chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead smolts. It is located a short drive west of Port Alberni.

Port Alberni is home to the McLean Mill National Historic Site which incorporates a steam railway from the downtown harbour to the saw mill up the valley.

The world's largest aerial firefighting flying boat, the Martin Mars water bombers, make their home on nearby Sproat Lake. This lake is also a popular summer destination for local residents and cottagers from surrounding areas. The Waterbombers are now owned by The Coulson Group, and have been renamed from the Martin Mars Water Bombers to the Coulson Flying Tankers.

The Alberni Valley Multiplex in Port Alberni is home to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, a Junior-A hockey team in the BCHL.

Della Falls, the tallest falls in Canada, is accessible by boat from Great Central Lake or by helicopter.

Hiking trails around Port Alberni

Port Alberni has some of the best hiking on Vancouver Island. There are over 100 trails in and around the Alberni Valley, including mountain bike trails for all abilities. There is easy quick access to the alpine areas, including Mount Arrowsmith.

Horne Lake Trail
Log Train Trail
Angler's Trail at Stamp River
Rogers Creek Trail
Labour Day Lake Trail
Greenmax Anglers Trail
China Creek Trail
Climb Mount Arrowsmith
Della Falls Trail
Kitsukis Dyke Walking Path
Old Forestry Lookout Trail
Saddle Trail on Mount Arrowsmith

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