Ripples, shards, and large patches of aqua blue can be found on maps of the Port Alberni region.
Well known for its stellar fishing, Port Alberni’s marine and water-based activities are a major-league draw in an area that encompasses the Alberni Inlet, Sproat and Great Central lakes, and the Stamp and Somass rivers.
Pleasure boats cruise the inlet and tie up at marinas along the route. Options include China Creek Marina west of town, the downtown Harbour Quay Marina, Fisherman's Harbour, and Clutesi Haven Marina at the entrance to the Somass River.
Barkley Sound and the Broken Group Islands is renowned as one of the finest kayaking regions in the world, and Port Alberni is where many paddlers get their oars wet. Rent kayaks from Alberni Outpost or the operators of the MV Frances Barkley, a 1950s-era freighter that carries mail, cargo, kayakers, and sightseers to outposts along the Alberni Inlet as far as the seaside village of Bamfield.