This summer is the summer to explore close to home. Luckily, we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, so finding amazing new adventures and locations is easy.
Today we want to feature Port Alberni/ the Alberni Valley, and talk about our top 5 spots that you should out this summer.
Hole in the wall
The Hole in the wall is a unique land feature that was originally the opening for a pipeline that provided the town of port Alberni with fresh water. The pipeline was eventually removed, the water continued and eventually eroded what was left of the wooden pipeline, leaving behind the “Hole In The Wall”.
The short walk takes approximately 15 minutes from the parking lot, and the trail is well marked. Click here for more info.
Stamp River Provincial Park
Enjoy views of the waterfall or make your way through the many trails and paths that work their way through the beautiful old growth forest. The park is named after Captain Edward Stamp,
the pioneer who build Port Alberni’s earliest sawmill. A major event at the park is the salmon run which happens in late August and continues into December with the Coho and Chinook spawns. Click here to learn more.
Sproat Lake Provincial Park
Sproat Lake provincial park is a must see if you are looking for a beautiful afternoon picnic spot, or to get away for some camping. The park has an incredible beach and swimming area, and trails that can lead you down to some petroglyphs that are carved into a cliff side along the lake. For more info, click here.
Looking to do some shopping or try some local eats? The Harbour Quay has some amazing local spots that are sure to hit the spot. Not to mention the beautiful views of the inlet, and some incredible local art. The Harbour is also home to the MV Frances Barkley that can take you on an incredible marine journey out to the coastal towns of Bamfield and Kildonan. To learn more, click here.
Fossli Provincial Park
Fossli Provincial Park is a beautiful undeveloped park located on Sproat lake. The park features a 3.4km loop trail that takes you to an old homestead site. You will also find a beautiful creek, waterfall and a suspension bridge. For more info on the park, and how to get there, click here.