Destination guide

Discover bustling Port Alberni in British Columbia

Located along a deep-water ocean inlet on British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, Port Alberni is best known for its abundance of outdoor activities. But beyond the hiking, biking, and boating, the city’s bustling downtown core, a smattering of cultural attractions, and a delicious dining scene should make a stay in a Port Alberni vacation rental an appealing option whether traveling with family, friends, or both. Options include plush studios with panoramic views of the mountain or quaint downtown hideaways in the city’s character homes. Wherever you choose to call home, time spent in this waterfront city is guaranteed to be a time to remember.

Things to do

Get your culture fix in Port Alberni

Step aboard the Alberni Pacific Steam Train and head to the McLean Mill Historic Site, the country’s only commercial steam-operated sawmill and perhaps the only mill to be home to a resident Tin Pants Theatre Troupe. Back in town, the Alberni Valley Museum provides even more family-friendly fun. Devouring copious amounts of warm popcorn at the art-deco Landmark Cinemas can be a lovely way to round things off before heading back to your Port Alberni vacation rental.


Explore Port Alberni on foot or by boat

Life in Port Alberni often comes with a backdrop provided by the great outdoors; the pace at which you enjoy it is up to you. Harbour Quay is a great place to mingle as you explore the area’s shops and galleries but be sure to swing by on Saturday mornings when the Spirit Square Farmers’ Market is in full flow. Finish off with a cruise on the MV Frances Barkley to the nearby fishing village of Bamfield (departure times vary) or by heading to the Old Town of Alberni where self-guided walking tours are a delightful way to explore the area around Elizabeth and Margaret Streets and Victoria Quay.


Port Alberni has year-round appeal

There’s never really a bad time to book a stay in a Port Alberni vacation rental as the different seasons put various entertainment options on the table. In the summer months of July and August, temperatures can push toward 80 although a more comfortable 65 is more common. During spring and fall, the temperatures are lower again, typically hovering around 50, but this hardly matters to the people who flock to the area to enjoy hiking through mountains recently released from their powdery grip or through the dazzling changing foliage that falls from the trees lining the Somass River.

Natural features

Get to know Port Alberni’s wilder residents

The landscape surrounding Port Alberni is impressive all year round but wildlife enthusiasts will want to time their visit around late summer and early fall. This is when 1000s of Sockeye salmon can be seen circling below the waterfalls at Stamp River Provincial Park. Also taking advantage of the increase in the salmon population are Vancouver Island’s Black Bears and Bald Eagles, so don’t forget your camera. And if you prefer to keep a larger distance between you and Port Alberni’s wilder inhabitants, you will likely be able to spot the bears exploring the Somass Estuary from the viewing point at Victoria Quay.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Port Alberni

Fly into Comox, BC (YQQ-Comox Valley), the closest airport, located 29.2 mi (46.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Nanaimo, BC (ZNA-Nanaimo Harbour Water Aerodrome), which is 41.3 mi (66.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Port Alberni?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 159 vacation rentals near Port Alberni. From 86 Houses to 27 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port Alberni for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Port Alberni?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port Alberni. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park: 202 vacation rentals
  • Alberni Valley Multiplex Ice Skating Rink: 175 vacation rentals
  • Stamp River Provincial Park: 116 vacation rentals
  • Chase and Warren Winery: 172 vacation rentals
  • Harbour Quay: 159 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port Alberni listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Port Alberni?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 86 Houses in Port Alberni. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port Alberni include:

  • Cottages: 27 rentals available
  • Cabins: 27 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port Alberni?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 47 vacation rentals with pool available in Port Alberni. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.