The Alberni harbour is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island at the head of the Alberni Inlet. Canadian Hydrographic Chart #3668 depicts the harbour and inlet. The Inlet is a long fiord, which measures approximately 40 kms in length with an average width of over 1kms. Panamax size vessels can easily navigate the inlet and harbour. The Port is ice-free at all times and the mild climate enables shipping and marine operations to be carried on throughout the year. There are no bridges or other structures that prohibit passage. Tides are not extreme and the surface is generally calm. Ocean swells do not influence activity in the Port.

The major port facilities are located on the east side at the head of the inlet within the limits of the City of Port Alberni. Port Authority jurisdiction extends from 2.6kms up the Somass River, southward for approximately 40 kms to the southerly boundary extending from Congreve Island, to Pill Point, and including Useless Inlet. The Port’s boundary covers over 190 kms of shoreline.

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