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About Port Alberni

The City of Port Alberni is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at the end of a 48km saltwater inlet, on the Somass River estuary and surrounded by a number of large lakes. In recent years, tourism, the arts, aerospace, agriculture, post-secondary education and high-tech industries have played an increasingly important role in the economy. The City boasts modern infrastructure that is the envy of larger communities, including a regional airport that is currently under expansion.

Economic Development Office

Economic Development Office

Melissa Tardif

Economic Development Assistant / Business Licensing

250-720-2835

Melissa_Tardif@portalberni.ca

Port Alberni Economic Development

Community Overview

The development of the City of Port Alberni is linked to the forestry, fishing and marine commercial industries.  A deep water, sheltered, ice-free seaport still handles the export of logs, lumber and fish.

Recently tourism, the arts, aerospace, agriculture, post-secondary education and high-tech industries have played an increasingly important role in the economy.

A regional airport is being expanded to 5,000 feet of paved runway to provide more infrastructure for the aerospace industry there now.

New $60 million high-school, a modern hospital, a phenomenal park & recreation infrastructure, a central location, and the most affordable real estate on Vancouver Island.

Port Alberni – map of zoning and other key local resources

See a more comprehensive map here.

Buying a Business

Get insider knowledge from Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. Business listings are also available through local realtors.

For more information, contact Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce / Patrick Deakin, Economic Development Manager:

Phone: (250) 724-6535 / (250) 720-2527

Email: jennifer@albernichamber.ca / patrick_deakin@portalberni.ca

Commercial Space

Port Alberni has a number of industrial and commercial spaces available. Connect with Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce to get the inside scoop.

Investing in a Business

Port Alberni is a growing vibrant community with abundant investment opportunities. Visit Venture Connected for more information.

Land Purchase

Get insider knowledge from Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce. Business listings are also available through local realtors.

For more information, contact Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce / Patrick Deakin, Economic Development Manager:

Phone: (250) 724-6535 / (250) 720-2527

Email: jennifer@albernichamber.ca / patrick_deakin@portalberni.ca

Lifestyle

Recreational activities in the area are primarily water and trails-based and include kite-boarding; windsurfing; swimming; paddle-boarding; fishing; hiking; mountain climbing; riding all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and mountain bikes; scuba diving; golfing; kayaking; water-skiing and wakeboarding.