Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

Explore Port Alberni – Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

On the water in Port Alberni

Located on the shores of the Alberni Inlet, Port Alberni has long been known for its ideal waterfront location. Named Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town by the World Fishing Network, Port Alberni is widely recognized as the salmon capital of the world. Whether you want to be on the water or in it, there’s an adventure here for you.


A number of local charter companies provide one day trips and multi day excursions on the Alberni Inlet, Barkley Sound, Somass River and Stamp River. Charter options include private fishing lodges and on-board accommodation. Trap, fish and jig with Alberni Charters. Discover a wealth of local fishing knowledge at Slivers Charters. Charter a trip to the pristine Kyuquot Sound through Murphy’s Sport Fishing.

For boat access to the Alberni Inlet, the Clutesi Haven Marina has a four-lane launch ramp, ample parking and fish cleaning stations.

For fishing regulations visit: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

The Robertson Creek Fish Hatchery is a successful Coho and Chinook enhancement facility on Vancouver Island. Just a short drive west of Port Alberni, the hatchery is open to the public year round.

Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

The MV Frances Barkley

Climb aboard the MV Frances Barkley, a 200-passenger and cargo vessel and enjoy a scenic day trip down the Alberni Inlet to Barkley Sound.

With trips to Ucluelet in the summer and Bamfield year round Lady Rose Marine Services offers a unique opportunity to enjoy stunning scenery from the water. See the inlet and the surrounding mountains, watch eagles soar and sea lions sunbathe. It’s not unheard of for passengers to see whales and dolphins in the Sound. These popular excursions can fill up fast, so we recommend booking in advance for the busy summer months.

Sproat Lake

Home to the Sproat Lake Regatta, Dragon Boat Racing and the Outriggers Canoe Race, Sproat Lake is a boater’s paradise. Sproat Lake Provincial Park boasts a beautiful waterfront park complete with picnic tables and a sandy beach, this is the perfect place to take a dip, or sit back and enjoy the spectacular view.

If sitting isn’t really your thing, a short hike along the waters’ edge will take you to see the Petroglyphs.

Alberni Inlet

Take advantage of the afternoon winds at China Creek Campground and Marina and try your hand at kiteboarding. Paddleboard rentals are available from Totally Board Surf Shop and access the inlet from Canal Beach. Lady Rose Marine Services also provide transport to the Broken Island Group for experienced kayakers.

For more information on the Alberni Valley visit Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce or Alberni Valley News

British ColumbiaCanadaHunting and FishingOutdoors and RecreationPort AlberniThings to doTourismvancouverisland

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

Just Posted

Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens is a multi-level care facility for seniors, located on Russell Place in Port Alberni. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
Third case of COVID-19 confirmed at Tsawaayuus Rainbow Gardens

Second resident diagnosed with illness from Nov. 16 outbreak

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

A sign at the entrance to Ty-Histanis asks visitors to stay out of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation announces lockdown after member tests positive for COVID-19

Essential travel only and restricted to Tofino and Ucluelet.

Joe and Della Drinkwater pose for a formal portrait circa 1898. The Drinkwater name has been a noted one since the 1800s, and numerous landmarks and streets are named for different family members. Drinkwater Creek at the headwaters to Great Central Lake was named for Joe Drinkwater, who had a number of mining claims in the Drinkwater Valley. Joe named Della Falls—the highest waterfall in British Columbia—after his wife Della (née Fayette). The couple was married in December 1899. This photo is one of 24,000 in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online archives, available for public viewing at https://portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN01129 COURTESY AV MUSEUM)
A LOOK BACK: Joe Drinkwater carves a name for himself in the Alberni Valley

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

The Harbourview Apartments on Third Avenue (popularly referred to as “The Frigstad”). ELENA RARDON PHOTO
Port Alberni city council to discuss Harbourview Apartments in-camera

Owner of the property failed to meet Nov. 12 deadline

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

A small crash in the water south of Courtenay Saturday afternoon. Two men had to be rescued, but reports indicate there were no serious injuries. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Small plane crash in Comox Valley waters Saturday afternoon

Two rescued from plane that had flipped in water; no serious injuries reported

Vees goalkeeper Yaniv Perets stands watch while Tyler Ho takes the puck around the back of the net on Nov. 7. The BCHL press release did not name the player who tested positive.(Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Vees quarantining after player tests positive for COVID-19

The team, staff and billets are isolating while they are tested

A photo from 2017, of Nuchatlaht First Nation members outside court after filing a land title case in B.C. ( Submitted photo/Nuchatlaht First Nation).
Vancouver Island First Nation calls on B.C. to honour UNDRIP in historic title case

Nuchatlaht First Nation says Crown counsel continues to stall the case using the ‘distasteful’ argument that the Nation ‘abandoned’ their land

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

West Vancouver Island’s Ehattesaht First Nation continues lock down after 9 active cases were reported today after a visitor tested positive last week. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Ehattesaht First Nation’s COVID-19 nightmare: nine active cases, a storm and a power outage

The Vancouver Island First Nation in a lockdown since the first case was reported last week

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

The Ahousaht First Nation confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Nov. 26, 2020. (Westerly file photo)
Ahousaht First Nation on lockdown over COVID-19

“Emotions are high. The anxiety is high. We want our community to pull through.”

Most Read