Alberni Valley Culture
The Alberni Valley, culturally, is in the midst of an identity transition, and herein lies the valley's charm. The entire area has its roots in the forestry and fishing industries. However, Port Alberni has seen a noticeable increase in tourism and young retirees moving to the area, which is changing the area's demographic make-up.
For all its natural beauty and central location, it is the people of the Alberni Valley that really give the valley its charm. Friendly, outgoing and always willing to lend a hand, the people that make up the "Community with a Heart" live up to the name time, and time again. The combined population of the Alberni Valley is approximately 25,000 people. The population consists largely of European Canadians, yet like much of Canada the Alberni Valley is truly multicultural. Additionally, several Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations also call the Alberni Valley home. These vibrant First Nations populations add significantly to the culture of the Alberni Valley.
The Alberni Valley's unique culture lies in hard work, the great outdoors, community involvement and sport. The culture is embodied in a Bulldogs Hockey game, a day at the Thunder in the Valley drag race or a weekend of fishing during the Port Alberni Salmon Festival. And yet, the culture is just as embodied by a dog walk on the Log Train Trail or in a neighbour helping with some heavy lifting. The Alberni Valley's culture is hard to define, so you will just have to come and experience it for yourself.