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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

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Get out on the water and have some fun! Port Alberni has everything from fishing to kiteboarding

Fishing Located on the shore of the Alberni Inlet, Port Alberni has…

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Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.

Online gift, gear and getaway auction boosts BC fish and wildlife conservation

B.C. Wildlife Federation online auction supports conservation projects across the province

Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.
Photo courtesy Alberni Golf Club

Local golf courses let you play a round in the great outdoors

Nestled amongst the evergreens under the ever-watchful presence of Mount Arrowsmith, you…

  • Aug 18, 2021
Photo courtesy Alberni Golf Club
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

Head outdoors this summer with Outdoors West!

New magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s great outdoors

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.

Which BC brewery do you think offers the best overall experience?

Voting is underway for the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award

Last year, Port Alberni’s Twin City Brewing earned the BC Ale Trail’s Best Brewery Experience award for the quality of its beer and food as well as the way it adapted to the pandemic.
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
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.
Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Toquaht Nation ready to welcome guests to Secret Beach Campground and Marina

Located a 45-minute drive from Ucluelet, the campground features a new kid-friendly dirt pump track

Secret Beach Campground general manager Noah Plonka takes a breather after riding laps around the new dirt pump track. (Nora O’Malley photo)
The Alberni Valley is home to several distinctive waterfalls, including Weiner Falls, the reward after a 2km hike into the forest. Chris Istace photo

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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
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Capture Summer Photo Contest

Photo Contest: How will you Capture Summer?

Share photos of your summer adventures to be entered to win up to $250 in grocery gift cards

Capture Summer Photo Contest
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.
Day-use passes for specific trails within Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor will be among the measures to address the surge in visitors while protecting the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Day-use pass initiative for 5 busy BC parks to address safety, protect environment

The second phase of its free day-use pass pilot program rolls out June 22 in five provincial parks

Day-use passes for specific trails within Stawamus Chief and Garibaldi parks along the Sea-to-Sky corridor will be among the measures to address the surge in visitors while protecting the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Metro Creative photo)

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.
As of April 23, B.C. residents will not be able to book accommodations or a camping site outside of their local health region, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Whistler BC, by Courtney & Colin Adams. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry

Camping close to home still permitted under B.C. travel ban: Dr. Henry

People will not be able to book a campsite outside of their health region – although Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health are being treated as one zone

As of April 23, B.C. residents will not be able to book accommodations or a camping site outside of their local health region, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Whistler BC, by Courtney & Colin Adams. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry