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

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Help is available for Port Alberni businesses restarting after COVID-19 closures

Popular food truck finds a new location on Johnston Road

A LOOK BACK: recreation in Port Alberni’s downtown

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

QUINN’S QUIPS: Port Alberni woman honoured for her love of helping

Carolina Tatoosh earns provincial honours for her work with Nuu-chah-nulth elders, youth

West Coast Trail to remain closed for now

Federal government won’t open world-famous trek until its First Nations are ready for visitors

B.C. legislature coming back June 22 as COVID-19 emergency hits record

Pandemic restrictions now longer than 2017 wildfire emergency

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

COVID-19: B.C. too dependent on foreign food production workers

New B.C. job site links unemployed with farm, seafood work

B.C. businesses ‘can’t shoulder burden’ of COVID-19 sick pay

Trudeau’s plan should be tied to federal emergency aid

RCMP remind public to leave dogs chilling at home on hot days

Dogsafe has designed a Dog in a Hot Car Responder Checklist

Another Asian giant ‘murder hornet’ found in Lower Mainland

This is the farthest east the invasive species has been found so far

B.C. girl left temporarily paralyzed by tick bite sparks warning from family

Mom says parents need to check their kids when they go camping

PHOTOS: Loved ones reunite at an oasis on closed U.S.-Canada border in Surrey

Officials closed the park in mid-March over coronavirus concerns

Feds delay national action plan for missing and murdered Indigenous women

Meanwhile, the pandemic has exacerbated the violence facing many Indigenous women and girls

Most Read