Tag Archives: Port Alberni

Port Alberni’s Kleekhoot Gold Bigleaf Maple syrup

Oh my!  Those were the only words that came to mind when I recently had my first taste of Kleekhoot Gold maple syrup. The thick, buttery/caramel/maple flavour of this very unique product is a sensory delight in so many respects. … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s La Bruschetta

We weren’t quite sure what to make of Port Alberni’s La Bruschetta Bistro when we looked at the menu posted outside the entrance. ‘Welcome to Tradition’ it trumpeted, leaving us with the impression that we were heading in to an … Continue reading

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Alberni Aquarium a hit with all ages

  It’s not a big facility, nor is it the most impressive on the planet.  It pales in comparison to the likes of the huge public aquariums in Vancouver or Monterey, California.  But the brand spanking new Alberni Aquarium  at … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Maplehurst Trail

One of the prettiest, easiest and most accessible trails on Vancouver Island is hidden in the back-of-beyond in the Alberni Valley.  The Maplehurst Trail system commences at the end of a secluded road and offers hikes of varying lengths and … Continue reading

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Summertime bliss at Sproat Lake Landing

The essence of summertime bliss.  That was what we found when we made the 45-minute jaunt cross-Island to the newly-opened Sproat Lake Landing near Port Alberni. Located at the site of the old West Bay Hotel on the shores of … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s SteamPunk Café brings new energy to a town in revival mode

In a town that is transitioning from an industrial heritage to an outdoors and retirement mecca, Kevin Wright and his SteamPunk  Café and Coffee House have hit a home run. Located exactly in the centre of Port Alberni’s old uptown … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Swept Away Inn will sweep you off your feet

  Big smiles. Warm welcomes. Amazing slow food. And, the most unique bed and breakfast experience you are ever likely to have.  Roll it all together and you have the distinctive, snug and delightful Swept Away Inn, berthed at Centennial … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Stamp River Provincial Park – a hidden gem

It has been almost 40 years since I last visited Stamp River Provincial Park in the beautiful Alberni Valley, and I have to admit that I headed over there recently with some trepidation.  Back in the 1970s the place was … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Hole in the Wall a unique, little-known treasure

For all the time I have spent in the Alberni Valley over the past forty years I had never heard of the Hole in the Wall until this past summer, when it began popping up on various internet connections that … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Harbour Quay offers a little bit of something for everyone of all ages

Like many towns that have in the past been heavily dependent on natural resources for their existence, Port Alberni has struggled over the past few decades to survive the downturns that have knocked the stuffing out of local economies. But, … Continue reading

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