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ZenSeekers challenges you to #ExplorePortAlberni

Do you like a challenge? Then we have one for you!

Head to Port Alberni in the heart of Vancouver Island, on the edge of Canada and home to one of the planet’s longest ocean inlets. This is where can explore an Indigenous village going back 5,000 years.

Are you into hiking, biking, trail running, music festivals, camping on the ocean or learning about new cultures? Maybe you’d like to hop aboard a 100-year-old train and step back into history.

ZenSeekers would like to inspire you to visit #ExplorePortAlberni.

Follow ZenSeekers’ correspondents – Miss604, NoChanceNanc and ApresWheeler – as they bring you incredible stories, photos and video that are sure to make you want to head out and #ExplorePortAlberni.

Tell us all about your adventures and include #ExplorePortAlberni in your hashtags in 2018. You might be featured on our social media feeds, and you could win a prize for sharing. 

Get ready to take on our challenge. Go #ExplorePortAlberni – and don’t forget to tag our friends @HelloBC with #ExploreBC while you're at it.


#ExplorePortAlberni “That’s a MacGillivray's warbler,” said our intrepid guide Sandy McRuer, pausing mid-sentence, looking up into the trees.

#ExplorePortAlberni Instead of counting highway lines – because there were none – I looked out the window as narrow rows of timber whisked by like larger-than-life barcodes. The forest services road from Port Alberni to Bamfield follows the ocean inlet from the Pacific flowing in from the west, which many people often forget since Port Alberni is so close to the east coast of Vancouver Island.

#ExplorePortAlberni Want to get out and explore the beautiful Alberni Valley? Follow this one-day itinerary and be prepared to be amazed.

“That used to be my hotspot over there,” said Captain Mike Halvorsen, pointing across the Alberni Inlet to a cove where Douglas Firs covered a mountainside and stood branch-to-branch at the edge of a pebble-covered beach.

The bulbs of market lights twinkling above were strung between cedar boughs, and Perry Como played on an outdoor loudspeaker.

“It’s 1953 day at the Mill today!” said Deanna Beaudoin, executive director of McLean Mill Historic Park  as she walked up to me with root beer floats in hand.

By plane, car or even by boat! You can get to Port Alberni by any means of transport. Here's some information about all the available options to help you decide which type of transport suits you best.