Alberni Valley

The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Blueberry farm flourishes in the Alberni Valley

Original owners return to Cox Lake farm for retirement

The blueberry bushes are lush at Cox Lake Blueberry Farm in Port Alberni right now, as farmer Mark Murray will attest. The farm on Franklin River Road is still open for u-pick and ready-picked blueberry sales. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.
Echo Centre on Wallace Street in Port Alberni includes Echo Pool, the community centre, Alberni Valley Museum and the VIRL Port Alberni library.
Home of the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley, the Rollin Arts Centre occupies the house and grounds of a beautiful period house built in 1914.

Exploring the Arts in the Alberni Valley

The Alberni Valley is a cultural hub for the arts. From painters…

  • Jul 24, 2021
Home of the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley, the Rollin Arts Centre occupies the house and grounds of a beautiful period house built in 1914.
Neil Clement, president of the Beaver Creek Community Club, stands in the newly-renovated kitchen at the hall on Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Beaver Creek Community Club looking for new members

Club is applying for accessibility improvements to Beaver Creek Hall

Neil Clement, president of the Beaver Creek Community Club, stands in the newly-renovated kitchen at the hall on Beaver Creek Road. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Alberni Valley is home to several distinctive waterfalls, including Weiner Falls, the reward after a 2km hike into the forest. Chris Istace photo

#ExplorePortAlberni #Waterfall

Water rushes from the tops of the ancient mountains surrounding Port Alberni,…

  • Jul 19, 2021
The Alberni Valley is home to several distinctive waterfalls, including Weiner Falls, the reward after a 2km hike into the forest. Chris Istace photo
John Mayba of Port Alberni and his wife are concerned enough about the threat of wildfires in their community that they have moved any important documents to a safe deposit box. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Port Alberni climate group takes temperature of region with online survey

Aim is to gather residents’ concerns about local impact of climate change

John Mayba of Port Alberni and his wife are concerned enough about the threat of wildfires in their community that they have moved any important documents to a safe deposit box. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

No formal wildfire evacuation plan exists yet for Alberni Valley

City, ACRD, First Nations planning evacuation routes, process for region

Firefighters in the Alberni Valley are concerned about the elevated fire danger during the heat wave. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Contractors continue to work on the low energy housing project being built on Maitland Street at Eighth Avenue in Port Alberni. Feb. 19, 2021 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

QUINN’S QUIPS: Who’s buying homes in Port Alberni? You’d be surprised

Housing has many facets in the Alberni Valley, popular with Island buyers

Contractors continue to work on the low energy housing project being built on Maitland Street at Eighth Avenue in Port Alberni. Feb. 19, 2021 (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad’s rescue boat. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad performs rescue by boat on Sproat Lake

Man had been injured in the water near Two Rivers Arm

The Alberni Valley Rescue Squad’s rescue boat. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Koda Goodwill, left, his brothers Roam and Todd (not pictured) sit on the ground by drummers from Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations at Victoria Quay on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Children lost to residential school honoured in Port Alberni on July 1

Hundreds gathered at Victoria Quay to lift up residential school survivors

Koda Goodwill, left, his brothers Roam and Todd (not pictured) sit on the ground by drummers from Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations at Victoria Quay on Thursday, July 1, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
A fire at the end of Clayton Road in Cherry Creek is now classified as “under control.” (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT)

Cherry Creek wildfire near Port Alberni under control

Fire crews still dealing with ‘hot spots’ in wildfire area

A fire at the end of Clayton Road in Cherry Creek is now classified as “under control.” (PHOTO COURTESY CHERRY CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT)
Keneesha Bordian was surprised to walk into her south Port Alberni backyard and spot a cougar seeking shade underneath a hedge. (PHOTO COURTESY KENEESHA BORDIAN)

Cougar spotted lounging under cedar hedge in Port Alberni neighbourhood

WildSafe BC cautions people to keep small pets indoors, supervise kids outdoors

Keneesha Bordian was surprised to walk into her south Port Alberni backyard and spot a cougar seeking shade underneath a hedge. (PHOTO COURTESY KENEESHA BORDIAN)
A decorated school float from May 1958, with the words “”Jr. Council”, “Cheerleaders”, “Totem Tour”, “Track”, “ADSS”, “Spring Prom”, is seen with the river in the background, a few parked cars and people at the side of the road. At least six young people are riding on the float. This and 24,000 other historical photos can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN12838 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: Prom 1958 in the Alberni Valley

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

A decorated school float from May 1958, with the words “”Jr. Council”, “Cheerleaders”, “Totem Tour”, “Track”, “ADSS”, “Spring Prom”, is seen with the river in the background, a few parked cars and people at the side of the road. At least six young people are riding on the float. This and 24,000 other historical photos can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN12838 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Tseshaht, Hupacasath First Nations plan gathering July 1 at Victoria Quay

Island Nations will honour children lost and survivors of residential school

Victoria Quay is located on the Somass River in Port Alberni. Also the unceded territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Off road, the Alberni Valley boasts more than 100 kilometres of biking trails with something for every skill level.

Pedal Power: Biking the Alberni Valley

Port Alberni is a bike-friendly community with designated bike and sharrow lanes…

  • Jun 29, 2021
Off road, the Alberni Valley boasts more than 100 kilometres of biking trails with something for every skill level.
Fire crews respond to reports of a fire at the Beaufort Hotel on Angus Street and Fourth Avenue on Sunday, June 27, 2021. A small fire in a stairwell caused evacuation of the building. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Fire in stairwell forces evacuation of residential hotel in Port Alberni

Residents will be able to return to units today

Fire crews respond to reports of a fire at the Beaufort Hotel on Angus Street and Fourth Avenue on Sunday, June 27, 2021. A small fire in a stairwell caused evacuation of the building. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Kids from a MOSS Sailing Camp sail just off Canal Waterfront Park in Alberni Inlet during a day camp in August 2014. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

MOSS Sailing camps return to Alberni Valley

One-week camps designed for kids will take place at Sproat Lake

Kids from a MOSS Sailing Camp sail just off Canal Waterfront Park in Alberni Inlet during a day camp in August 2014. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Robert Gunn of Alberni Climate Action loads garbage discovered in the Alberni Inlet around Cous Creek into his canoe during a recent ocean shoreline cleanup. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Alberni Climate Action group creates NIC scholarship

Students attending college full time may apply through NIC

Robert Gunn of Alberni Climate Action loads garbage discovered in the Alberni Inlet around Cous Creek into his canoe during a recent ocean shoreline cleanup. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Haahuupayak School teacher Heather Lucas, left, talks to her Grade 5/6 class about the blessing ceremony they are about to perform to honour the school’s new outdoor education space, June 10, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Haahuupayak School teacher Heather Lucas, left, talks to her Grade 5/6 class about the blessing ceremony they are about to perform to honour the school’s new outdoor education space, June 10, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Plastic bottles collected during the cleanup and brand audit at Kits Beach on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 21, 2019. (Greenpeace)

Alberni Aquarium holds shoreline cleanup June 12

Track your trash and win a prize

Plastic bottles collected during the cleanup and brand audit at Kits Beach on Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, B.C., on Sept. 21, 2019. (Greenpeace)