Discover Alberni Episode 2 - South Alberni
South Alberni is Port Alberni's largest neighborhood nearest to the ocean and South Alberni is an area of highly sought after ocean view character homes. Further up the hill is Port Alberni's largest and quietest contemporary residential neighborhood. Because South Alberni is largely residential it tends to be a quiet neighborhood. Typically there is only local traffic on most streets. As a South Alberni resident myself when I wake up in the morning the only thing I hear is the birds singing in the surrounding forest.
Another perk is the access to the nature trails all over South Alberni. South Alberni has a whole lot to offer in addition to peace and quiet. The uptown core is a commercial district that is being revitalized and has a wide array of funky shop, restaurants, art galleries, and more. At the base of Argyle St. is perhaps Port Alberni's most recognizable landmark the Harbour Quay. The Harbour Quay is beautiful ocean front commercial area that doubles as a working port. It is a great place to grab an ice cream cone, eat some fish and chips, attend a weekend market and bring the kids to play on the seaside playground. Of course you can't visit the Harbour Quay without climbing the clock tower.
Amazing recreational opportunities are the reason most people want to live in Port Alberni. If recreation means water to you, you will be glad to hear Port Alberni's first ocean front beach and park is now open in South Alberni. Canal Beach is a jumping off place for kayakers, paddleboarders, kite surfers as well as sun worshippers.
South Alberni enjoys two good public schools; Maquinna and EJ Dunn. Next to EJ Dunn you will also find the modern Gymnastics Academy which is a tremendous asset to the neighborhood. With so much to see and do combined with a laid back atmosphere South Alberni is your quintessential Vancouver Island neighborhood.