Discover: Port Alberni

Discover: Port Alberni

Located just east of Mount Arrowsmith and surrounded by the lush old-growth forests of Cathedral Grove and the renowned Sproat Lake (recently crowned BC’s Best Lake, situated a mere 3 km away from the heart of Port Alberni), this city is a prime example of Vancouver Island’s harmonious blend of natural and urban living. It's a rare find to come across a city like Port Alberni, offering a lifestyle that promotes mental well-being and a connection to biodiverse flora and fauna within its surrounding ecosystems, waiting to be explored. 

As of 2021, Port Alberni boasts a population of 25,786 (Statistics Canada). According to Mayor Sharie Minions, the city is "moving in the right direction," experiencing a 4.5% population increase since 2016. This growth indicates that Port Alberni is attracting both locals seeking a positive change in location and individuals from outside of Canada. The city's population size strikes a perfect balance between small-town, community-driven values and the privacy and convenience of urban living. This sought-after lifestyle, combined with Port Alberni's relative affordability, makes it an ideal home base for young families and retirees alike. 

In terms of convenience and practicality, Port Alberni offers a wide array of urban amenities within walking distance. These include easily accessible healthcare facilities, public and private schools, shopping centers, breweries, and restaurants. (Find our personal recommendations listed below!) 

The Alberni Valley, also recognized as the Salmon Capital of the World, provides abundant outdoor recreation opportunities within easy reach. In 2010, the World Fishing Network named Port Alberni the “Ultimate Fishing Town.” Alongside its renowned fishing, the city offers a variety of hiking, biking, and watersports suitable for all ages and skill levels. 

Port Alberni's strategic location on Vancouver Island positions it as a central hub for stay-cations around the Island. Only a two-hour drive away from Tofino, the most popular tourist destination on Vancouver Island, residents can enjoy surfing waves and supporting local businesses. On the opposite coast, Qualicum Beach and Parksville are a short, scenic 30-minute drive from Port Alberni. These coastal towns boast high-class spas, hotels, and fine dining, making them perfect for a weekend getaway. 

Beyond its natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and convenient daily lifestyle, Port Alberni emerges as an attractive prospect for real estate investment. Homes in the city are affordable compared to other communities on Vancouver Island and consistently demonstrate an excellent return on investment. 

Could Port Alberni be your starting point for wherever your adventures may lead you? Or perhaps a destination worthy of a spot on your "Must Visit" list? For more information about real estate opportunities in Port Alberni (or elsewhere on Vancouver Island), please feel free to contact us. 


A BITE TO EAT:   our favourite foodie spots

• Twin City Brewing Company 

• J & L Drive-In

 Wildflower Bakeshop & Café

A TRAIL TO WALK: our favourite hikes and bikes

• The Hole in the Wall Hike

 The Alberni Inlet Trail 

• Cathedral Grove Provincial Park

A LAKE TO SWIM: our favourite spots for a dip 

• The Hole in the Wall 

• Sproat Lake Park 

Cameron Lake


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