Park in BC (JF Bergeron photo)
Picnic by the ocean, alongside rivers, or beside serene lakes in the Port Alberni region. A pair of full-service provincial parks with modern facilities as well as campgrounds and R/V sites are located close to town.
Stamp River Provincial Park
The whitewater crescendo at Stamp Falls is a major lure for visitors, salmon, and black bears alike at Stamp River Provincial Park (327ha/808ac). From August to December, various breeds of salmon travel from the ocean up the tree-shaded Stamp River before negotiating the falls – usually via a man-made fish ladder. It's a remarkable sight from viewpoints above the falls.
Hiking trails here are highlighted by the Stamp Long River Trail on the river's east bank. Find the park at the end of Beaver Creek Road northwest of Port Alberni off Highway #4.