Port Alberni sits at the head of the Alberni Inlet and is actually a saltwater port - 40 km from the west coast! Truly the " Salmon Capital of the World"- adjacent waters boast all five species of Pacific salmon. The harbour district is thick with tackle shops, boat rentals, and fishing charters. Salmon is the prize catch in these waters but so too are halibut. When you return from fishing, head for Alberni Harbour Quay, at the foot of Argyle Street In summer, the steam locomotive 'Two Spot' departs from the station at the head of the quay for a unique tour along the waterfront.
From this "Gateway to the Pacific Rim" - travel west to the quaint fishing villages of Ucluelet and Tofino. While in Tofino, hug the "Eik Cedar Tree." The 800-year-old Western Red Cedar was condemned after the detection of a column of decay inside the trunk. The citizens of Tofino came together to save it. In summer 2002 the tree was finally fitted with a specially designed metal girdle with ground anchors and steel rods embedded in the bed rock.
Surrounding these communities is the territory of Pacific Rim National Park. This unique park encompasses a total area of 49,962 hectare of land and ocean in three separate geographic units - Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail. The West Coast Trail retraces an old telegraph route first established in 1890, and follows a rugged shoreline where approximately 66 ships have met their demise in the "Graveyard of the Pacific". The most visited of the 3 regions of the park, Long Beach, caters to visitors seeking to relax in the picnic areas, comb the sandy driftwood strewn beaches or stroll along the manicured trails and boardwalks.