Things to do

The 2022 PNE Fair, billed as “British Columbia’s longest running and largest ticketed event,” will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 at the fair site in East Vancouver. (File photo)

PNE Fair to return with daily capacity limits and paid-ticket concerts, starting Aug. 20

The B-52s ‘Farewell Tour,’ Blue Rodeo and Barenaked Ladies among concert highlights for 2022

 

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

 

The Donut Shop at Harbour Quay in Port Alberni has been delighting customers for more than 25 years. It's just one of many places in the Alberni Valley generating big smiles for locals and visitors alike! Chris Istace photo

Port Alberni will take you to your happy place

#EXPLOREPORTALBERNI #SMILE

  • Oct 11, 2021

 

Alberni Aquarium’s Portia Bernar checks out Donut, the aquarium’s resident red-eared slider turtle, on her final day working at the aquarium before returning to school. Susan Quinn photo / Alberni Valley News

Port Alberni’s aquarium re-opens for 2021

Special exhibit features all the creatures — big and small — who live in the Somass Estuary

Alberni Aquarium’s Portia Bernar checks out Donut, the aquarium’s resident red-eared slider turtle, on her final day working at the aquarium before returning to school. Susan Quinn photo / Alberni Valley News
A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell

PHOTOS: Humpbacks put on a show for visitors to Vancouver Island

Whale watching tour leaves participants in awe

A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell
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.
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.
Guide Taz finishing the Runway - the final segment of the Eagle’s Flight ZipTour at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Scott Stanfield photo

Speeding over treetops at Mount Washington again an option

Take a ride with our reporter as mountain resort’s zipline open for the season

Guide Taz finishing the Runway - the final segment of the Eagle’s Flight ZipTour at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Scott Stanfield photo
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Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)
B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
The 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival marks 31 years of raising awareness of our natural landscapes and the species that rely on them. Fern Fennell photo

Brant Wildlife Festival wings its way to local beaches, marshes, backyards + beyond

While the distinctive black-and-white Brant geese are the “poster birds” of the…

The 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival marks 31 years of raising awareness of our natural landscapes and the species that rely on them. Fern Fennell photo
The decision to tour Vancouver Island with my mom, aunt and cousin was a no brainer!

Road tripping through Vancouver Island

Deciding to move to Victoria this past summer was an easy decision…

The decision to tour Vancouver Island with my mom, aunt and cousin was a no brainer!
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
The Northern Lights have long captured our imaginations. Here’s how to experience the magic. Stefan Wackerhagen photo/Travel Yukon

Northern Lights return to dance across the Yukon sky

If the Northern Lights have captured your imagination, here are a few tips to plan your adventure

The Northern Lights have long captured our imaginations. Here’s how to experience the magic. Stefan Wackerhagen photo/Travel Yukon
Explore BC IPA, a new limited-edition craft beer, inspires British Columbians to discover their own province along BC’s ale trails. BC Ale Trail photo.

Discover British Columbia this fall … via the Explore BC IPA!

Destination BC brews up partnership with BC Ale Trail and 6 BC breweries for the Explore BC IPA

Explore BC IPA, a new limited-edition craft beer, inspires British Columbians to discover their own province along BC’s ale trails. BC Ale Trail photo.
Explore one of BC’s best-known regions along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

3 New Ways to Explore Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky

See familiar places with fresh eyes

  • Jul 13, 2020
Explore one of BC’s best-known regions along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
BC Parks are slated to begin gradually re-open as of Thursday, May 14, 2020, with some restrictions. (Black Press Media file photo)

Many B.C. parks to re-open, but visitors must adhere to the ‘golden rules’

Residents urged to practise COVID-19 protocols as some outdoor recreation restrictions are relaxed

  • May 14, 2020
BC Parks are slated to begin gradually re-open as of Thursday, May 14, 2020, with some restrictions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Discover Alberni Valley

Discover Alberni Valley

With its rugged mountains, alpine lakes, farmland and beautiful canyons, the Alberni…

  • Apr 22, 2020
Discover Alberni Valley
Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

Explore Port Alberni – Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

On the water in Port Alberni

  • Aug 28, 2019
Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town
Photo by Ashley Perry (Amateur Photographer Contest 2018)

Hiking in the Alberni Valley

Set between forested hills and the Alberni Inlet, the Alberni Valley has…

  • Aug 28, 2019
Photo by Ashley Perry (Amateur Photographer Contest 2018)