Move a beach

Selling Canal Beach when tenants are helping revitalize Port Alberni and our waterfront is backward thinking, reader says.

To the Editor,

I am deeply saddened by the news that council has voted to issue a request for proposals for the sale of the old plywood site.

I have spent time at Canal Beach (formerly Wild West Watersports) and their vision to revitalize our waterfront is exactly what this town needs.

Surrounded by industry, Canal Beach is a vibrant location, teeming with kite surfing, swimming and windsurfing.  The owners are outgoing, active in the community and have spent countless hours at the site hosting tourists, teaching lessons and cleaning up the area.

To sell off this land now, when there are current tenants who have an active vision to help revitalize Port Alberni and our waterfront, is backward thinking.

Here’s hoping the vision for Port Alberni’s future involves more than industry, and includes businesses that improve our town, as Canal Beach does.

Emily Priestley,

Port Alberni

Just Posted

Team Harrison prevails in Port Alberni men’s bonspiel

Annual bonspiel drew 20 teams from out of town

Wedding plans derailed following City of Port Alberni’s train announcement

Five wedding parties are scrambling to find alternate transportation arrangements to McLean… Continue reading

Kids help Alberni Aquarium build rockfish luminary for next exhibit

Swimming For Change takes over in time for spring break

Spring fishery closures mulled for south coast

Fewer fish are returning to rivers and more conservation needed, say feds

One dead, two seriously injured in Hwy 4 crash west of Port Alberni

A man has died following a single-vehicle collision west of Port Alberni… Continue reading

Indigenous leaders, politicians say Trans Mountain report flawed

The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline a second time

Have you heard the legend of Shuswaggi, the Shuswap Lake monster?

Witness accounts as old as 1904, and as recent as 2018, place a creature in the lake’s depths

Credit card fraud steals $50,000 from Victoria businesses: police

Crime Reduction Unit investigating several frauds costing several businesses over $50,000

UPDATE: B.C. ticket holder winner of $25.9-million Lotto Max jackpot

Next draw set for Mar. 1 with an estimated jackpot of $10 million

B.C.-based ‘Team Tardi’ brings home gold in junior curling worlds

In a 9-4 victory over Switzerland, a Langley-based curling team earned its 2nd straight world title

People gather for funeral of seven children killed in fast-moving Halifax fire

Traditional portion of the service will be followed by words from community members

B.C. weavers to help Alaska Native project honouring survivors of violence

Dozens of Chilkat and Ravenstail weavers from all over North America will be weaving 5-inch-by-5-inch squares

B.C. skip Sarah Wark and team eliminated at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

Nontheless pretty impressive stuff from the 24th-ranked team in the country

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

It’s A high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops the global problem

Most Read