The Alberni inlet is a hub for fishing charter operators traversing the narrow lengthy ocean fjord to the Pacific. Cast a line at sea, Sproat or the Somass lakes to try your luck at catching a Chinook, sockeye and salmon. The inlet flaunts a plethora of water pursuits, such as swimming, surfing, boating, water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, wakeboarding, tuning, sailing, jet skiing and house boating. Fishing is the lifeblood of the city, also known as the salmon city, and its water is home to five different kinds of Salmon and yearly runs of steelheads.
Another popular activity in the area is wildlife sightings and is highlighted by the black bears that are seen foraging near the Somass River at low tide. This can be safely viewed from the Victoria Quay, close to the ancient sculpture of Nuu-Chah-Nulth's whaler's canoe. For the best bird watching experience, visit the Somass Estuary, which is home to a large winter population of trumpeter swans.
For a vintage experience, board a train on the Alberni Pacific railway, pulled by the newly refurbished and renovated 1929 Baldwin ex-logging locomotive, and ride on to the Mclean Mill National historic site. The McLean Sawmill is the only operational steam-operated sawmill and speaks volumes of the city's rich legacy and industrial roots. Also explore the city's heritage and behold relics and artifacts from the Nuu chah Nulth arts and culture at the Alberni Valley museum.
Year-round festivals and merriments are treasures of the Alberni port, including the and drag races. These low-cost fairs incorporate activities for all age groups and give tourists and locals a chance to win big!