Posted by: cherylyoung | March 17, 2012

IF FISHING IS YOUR PASSION, THEN PORT ALBERNI INLET

IF FISHING IS YOUR PASSION, THEN PORT ALBERNI INLET

IS THE SALMON CAPITOL OF THE WORLD

Port Alberni is nestled in the Alberni

Valley at the head of Alberni Inlet,

the longest inlet on Vancouver Island.

For decades the main industries of Port

Alberni have been mining and logging,

but today the town is considered a

major tourist hub, situated as it is on

the fringe of the island’s wilderness in

surroundings that include mountains,

pristine lakes, surging rivers filled with

salmon and trout, and rain forests of

giant trees towering more than 200

feet into the sky.

With the increased popularity of

Pacific Rim National Park,

Barkley Sound and Clayoquot Sound,

many visitors are  basing their

vacations in Port Alberni, and taking

trips to a variety of west coast  locations.

Port Alberni was named after Captain

Don Pedro de Alberni, a Spanish officer

who commanded Fort San Miguel at

Nootka Sound on the west coast of

Vancouver Island from 1790 to 1792.

Before Europeans came, the region

incorporating Alberni and the West

Coast of Vancouver Island was the

traditional territory of the Tseshaht

and Hupacasath First Nations of the

Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council.

The Nuu-chah-nulth were previously

called the Nootka. Many place names

in Port Alberni have a Nuu-chah-nulth

origin, such as Somass (washing),

Kitsuksis (log across mouth of creek),

Pacheena (foamy), and Nootka

(go around).

Ancient petroglyph carvings can be

found at Sproat Lake.

Port Alberni is truly the Salmon Capital

of the World – adjacent waters boast all

five species of Pacific salmon.

Port Alberni’s harbour district is thick

with tackle shops, boat rentals, and

fishing charters.

This is definitely one of the major hubs

for angling on Vancouver Island and

is the best resource centre for information

on fishing locally in both saltwater

and freshwater.

Visitors come to Port Alberni year round

to sport fish Alberni Inlet and Barkley

Sound for chinook, coho, and sockeye

salmon.

Salmon school in the inlet before ascending

to the spawning grounds.

Timing is crucial if you wish to take

advantage of their presence.

One day they’re here; the next, they’re

gone, so plan ahead. In general, the

Alberni Inlet and Barkley Sound offer

year-round fishing.

Salmon is the prize catch in these

waters, but so too are halibut.

Visits to active logging and mill operations

are available; museums feature heavy

equipment as well as First Nations art;

and the revitalized Harbour Quay is

home to regularly-scheduled cargo and

passenger ships serving the scattered

communities of Barkley Sound.

The City of Port Alberni offers a deep

sea port, beautiful waterfront quays,

an airport, a new hospital, a shopping mall,

casino, and a well-developed array of

recreational facilities.

The Alberni Harbour Quay is a people’s

place, with stores and restaurants,

art galleries, and charter outlets.

Port Alberni is the Start of the Pacific Rim

Experience.

To the west of Port Alberni are the

communities of Ucluelet and Tofino,

and the spectacular Long Beach.

Port Alberni is also the starting point of

a 102-km unpaved road to the village of

Bamfield, and the start of the famous

West Coast Trail.Population: 18,790

 

View a Map of the Pacific Rim

 

THIS DAILY BLOG IS BROUGHT

TO YOU COMPLIMENTS OF

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

 

www.cherylyoung.ca

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