Port Alberni has recently been unofficially branded as the Heart of Vancouver Island. The description rings true from a cultural and economic point of view, and certainly holds some accuracy from a geographic/demographic stand point. The vast majority of the people living on Vancouver Island, live on the southern part of the island – between Campbell River and Victoria.
The Alberni Valley is located right in the heart of all that southern Vancouver Island has to offer. With five grocery stores and countless boutiques, there is no reason for residents to ever leave our peaceful valley. Nonetheless, the islands major shopping center of Nanaimo is only one hour away, as is the ferry travelling to British Columbia’s largest city. The International Airport at Comox is also just over an hour away, while travel time to the province’s picturesque capital city of Victoria is two hours and thirty minutes.
The beautiful sheltered sand beaches of the inside straight are only 30 minutes away, while the Village of Tofino and world famous Long Beach are just over an hour.
Port Alberni is a small inland city that is connected to the Pacific Ocean through supernatural Barkley Sound, by the 40 kilometre long Alberni Inlet. The city is a sheltered, deep sea port. The Alberni Valley is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, including the iconic Mount Arrowsmith. The city itself owes its unique layout to its historical "twin city" status, as well as the numerous creeks and ravines that bisect the town site. The rural areas in the Alberni Valley include Cherry Creek and Beaver Creek to the north, and the beautiful Sproat Lake to the west.