Wednesday, 13 September 2017 – Visit to Port Alberni – Day 18

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 – Visit to Port Alberni (Day 18)

After our breakfast we set off for Port Albernia.  We had a short stop at the Riverside Resort as I needed a couple of things. We continued on until it was morning tea time at one of the many Tim Horton cafes throughout Canada.  It was a lovely drive through pine forests in the Regional District of Nanaimo until we were then in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

We arrived at the lovely city of Port Alberni with a population of almost 18,000.   Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island’s longest inlet.  The city sits beneath Mount Arrowsmith and is nestled amongst the vast temperate coastal rainforests and the numerous lakes and waterways that flow into the Alberni Inlet and Pacific ocean.  The beautiful mountains provide great hiking, walking and mountain bike trails.   The city is also known for its fishing especially the different species of salmon and is often referred to as the “Salmon Capital of the World”.Port Alberni has two quays – Harbour and Victoria Quays.  We spent quite some time at Harbour Quay taking in the lovely scenery.

Nice photo of Rob and Cheryl

We wandered along through to the little arcade of shops along the marina – on the way there was a piano asking to be played – I hit a few notes !!!!

As we were walking through, some men told us that we should go down to Victoria Quay as we may see some black bears on the other side of the quay looking for fish. Of course we didn’t see any.  It was now time for some of our own food so had a nice meal at the Boston Pizza Restaurant and then it was time for us to leave for home.

                                       Enjoying a meal at Boston Pizza Place

After our nice meal, we started our journey home.  We started to climb about 8 kms to what is known to the locals as “The Hump” – the highest point on the highway – Port Alberni Summit – elevation is about 425 metres.  It crosses from the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and then into the Regional District of Nanaimo.  We wound our way through the MacMillan Provincial Park which includes a well-known area of Cathedral Grove –  a rare and endangered remnant of an ancient Douglas fir ecosystem on Vancouver Island.  The biggest trees in the Grove are about 800 years old and measure 75 m (250 ft) in height and 9 m (29 ft) in circumference.  We skirted Cameron Lake for a few kilometres and passed near Little Qualicum Falls in the Little Qualicum National Park and then we were soon back to Qualicum.

Bob, who loves his fishing, thought salmon that he had caught, was on the menu for tonight’s meal.  He likes to catch and cook it but surprisingly he doesn’t eat it. Cheryl and I enjoyed the meal as was light as we had a big meal for lunch.

Was a lovely day’s outing.  I had a nice call from son Robert so was good to hear his voice.  Another promise of an early night but somehow it didn’t happen.






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