Nanaimo – Alberni
The beautiful riding of Nanaimo-Alberni on Vancouver Island contains some of the most magnificent scenery in Canada, including the northern half of Nanaimo, the beachside communities of Parksville and Qualicum, the city of Port Alberni and the
west coast villages of Bamfield, Tofino and Ucluelet. Throughout the area, island life is enhanced by the unique cultures of our historic First Nation communities. Known the world over for its pristine wilderness, mild climate and recreational opportunities, Nanaimo-Alberni is the only Federal Constituency in Canada with two UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserves.
Nanaimo, called the Harbour City, is the transportation hub of the Island and its second largest city. Centrally located on the east coast, Nanaimo boasts one of the best climates in Canada with year round outdoor activities and a vibrant economic and cultural atmosphere. It is a superb destination for conventions, business meetings, sporting events and has one of the most beautiful waterfronts in the country.
North of Nanaimo, from Nanoose Bay to Bowser, we have the oceanside communities, including the city of Parksville and the town of Qualicum Beach. As a favourite holiday destination, the area contains spectacular beaches, marinas, and world-class golf opportunities.
Surrounding the oceanside communities and extending to the 6000 foot summit of Mount Arrowsmith,discover the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, the 800-year-old Douglas Fir trees of Cathedral Grove, crystal clear lakes and waterfalls, and an abundance of flora and fauna. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking and a host of other eco-adventures.
Port Alberni, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” is a waterside city where marine and forest activities share space with beautiful provincial parks, waterfront shops and restaurants. This active community is located at the foot of the Alberni Inlet, which provides a marine link to the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular West Coast of Vancouver Island.
On the southern rim of Barkley Sound is the community of Bamfield, where much of life’s daily business is dependent upon the sea. Rich in marine life, the area is also popular with sports fishermen, kayakers and hikers. The famous West Coast Trail commences here on its way south to Port Renfrew. Bamfield has also been called the heart of Barkley Sound and gateway to the Broken Island Group, a haven for kayakers.
At the end of the road, twin peninsulas are home to the charming coastal communities of Tofino and Ucluelet. Both recognized international tourist destinations provide service and access to the awe-inspiring and unforgettable beauty of Long Beach, the Pacific Rim National Park, and the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. Adventure tours, whale watching, storm watching, fishing and surfing are some of the popular pastimes for local citizens and visitors to the area.
Click here for an interactive MAP of the Federal Constituency of Nanaimo-Alberni Riding Area.