How to get to Port Alberni


Through 2018, ZenSeekers is teaming up with partners the Port Alberni region. Our correspondents will bring you exceptional video, photos and stories to inspire you to #ExploreBC and have your very own #ExplorePortAlberni adventures.   

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Port Alberni is lovingly referred to the heart of Vancouver Island and can be accessed in several ways. Whether you are looking for a road trip from Vancouver, a quick flight via KD air, or boating in from the west coast of Vancouver Island, you've made the right decision by visiting Port Alberni. Learn more about each mode of transportation below.

#ExplorePortAlberni, start by checking into Port Alberni Tourism’s website.

Learn more about hiking in the Alberni Valley here.


BC Ferries
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From Vancouver: Hop on BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay and travel to Nanaimo. Head north on Highway 19 until the Highway 4 exit, approximately 35 minutes. Enjoy a cruise-y ride past Cameron Lake and Cathedral Grove before climbing Mount Arrowsmith and descending into the Alberni Valley. Total travel time from Vancouver is approximately three hours.



Did you know you can fly to Qualicum Beach via KD Air? Enjoy a quick flight from YVR south that will have you in the Qualicum Beach in just 45 short minutes, rent a car and be in the Alberni Valley in less than 40 minutes.


Port Alberni
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If you are feeling adventurous, you can boat into Port Alberni via the Alberni Inlet. This is a route that can only be accessed from the west coast of Vancouver Island. Enjoy a ride on the MV Lady Rose or MV Frances Barkely from Ucluelet to Port Alberni or use your personal boat. 

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Search #ExplorePortAlberni for more inspiration. Be sure to tag #ExplorePortAlberni while exploring the region as you could be featured on our social media channels!

Learn more about hiking in the Alberni Valley here.

Start planning your adventures in Port Alberni at Alberni Valley Tourism 

Start exploring your Port Alberni region options with Destination BC 

Find out more at the City of Port Alberni’s website 

Uncover more about the Port Alberni region's offers for adventure. Check out ZenSeekers' #ExplorePortAlberni Expedition page to see how you can have an adventure like this.

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