Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Port Alberni bills itself as "the salmon capital of the world" on a welcome sign at the outskirts of town.
While the claim isn't quantifiable and has generated some friendly rivalry with Vancouver Island neighbor Campbell River for bragging rights, it's certainly true that sports fishing is a major year-round attraction here.
In 2010, Port Alberni was awarded the title of Canada's "Ultimate Fishing Town" in a contest by the World Fishing Network, a television network devoted to fishing.
Fishing Hotspots and Guided Outings
Fish with rod and reel from Victoria Quay, Sproat Lake, and the banks of the Stamp and Somass rivers. Visitors can launch boats and clean their catches at the Clutesi Haven Marina (at the foot of town next to the Somass). Or they can use a local merchant (i.e. St. Jean's Cannery & Smokehouse, among others) to prep, package, and ship fish back home.
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2900 Harbour Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia
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