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August 17th, 2007 – by: benweasel
Port Alberni is located about an hour or so drive from Naniamo British Columbia and is accessible from the mainland North America only via BC Ferry.
Nearing your entry to Port Alberni, you come across a small town called Coombs. We stopped briefly in Coombs to pick up some additional gear at the army surplus store, plus there is a market that seems to be frequented by a huge throng of tourists.
When we entered into Port Alberni we quickly found our hostel as they were going to introduce us to our guide, Ben. The hostel that we stayed at is named the Fat Salmon Backpacker Hostel and I highly reccomend it. As soon as we arrived they greeted us with open arms. They allowed us to park our car in their back lot as we hiked and promisded to keep an eye on it. I saw a price list on the wall that requested $5 / day for parking, but they refused my money! After our hike, we opted to spend a night in Port Alberni with the Fat Salmon, and as it turns out, it was the best day of our trip.
The evening that we were in the Port, we did some laundry at the towns only laundrymat. Beneath which lies a bar, which is a great place to hang out while you do some laundry! There I met a nice fisherman who challenged me to a game of pool. 4 games later, he wiped the floor with my horrible billard skills. Great times!
Near the town you will find the Martin Mars Water Bombers. These huge aircraft are the planes that you see going over forest fires and dumping 700 gallons of water at a time. Up close and personal with these planes makes you feel very small as they are wickedly huge! There is also a small museum dedicated to these firefighting planes that is free, stop by and learn a little!
Also near town is the Stamp River.
I wish I had a few more days to stay in Port Alberni, enough time to tube down the river and spend more time with my friends at the hostel. Alas, we had to leave onto other cities, but I will always hold this little town dear to me.
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