Large ships always draw attention on Port Alberni’s waterfront. A century ago, four-masted schooners such as the ‘William Taylor of New York’ would tie up to a wharf in the harbour to accept loads of lumber or off-load other goods.
Residents waited almost 100 years to see tall ships in the harbour again. The city hosted Tall Ships Festival of Sails in 2006 and 2009, bringing restored and replica ships to port for the public to tour.
The Alberni Valley Museum has more than 24,000 photos archived for public viewing online at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com.