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Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is the “voice of business” for the Alberni Valley. Registered under the federal Boards of Trade Act, the chamber is a membership-driven organization focused on continually improving the business climate in the community.
Our vision is to make the Alberni Valley a leading business-friendly community in BC.
We support and promote our business community, through advocacy, education and communication.

Accomplished through:
• Supporting and promoting members and the business community at large
• Being the focal point for tourism and visitor services
• Advancing the general welfare of the community.

Visit the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce website

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The Tofino App Travel Guide

Prepare & Book Your West Coast Vacation in Canada. Find the Best Deals & Current Specials on Tofino Accommodations - Whale Watching, Black Bear Tours and Salmon Fishing Charters. Rent a Surfboard from a Local Tofino Surf Shop, go Surfing on Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park or take a Lesson with one of the Surf Schools. See our Tofino Weather and Surf Report for current conditions. Discover the Clayoquot Sound in a Kayak, Zodiac or traditional First Nations Cedar Canoe. Hike the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet and Explore the Broken Group Islands in the Barkley Sound. Dreaming of a Romantic Outdoor Wedding ? Get Married on a Tofino Beach in a Beautiful Rainforest setting. See You Soon !

Tofino App Travel Guide

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Pacific Seaplanes

Now serving the Alberni Valley and area!

Pacific Seaplanes has a dedicated team of experienced industry personnel at your service.

From Management to Pilots, Customer Service Agents, Mechanics and Ambassadors, our company is about providing you a safe service with Integrity, Care and Compassion. Everyone matters.

Visit the Pacific Seaplanes website

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Breakers Marine Ltd. 

"Breakers Marine" began in 1987 in Bamfield, BC. The early years were a one man operation. An 'Atco' Trailer with a lean-two for a roof was utilized until a new building was constructed in 1989. The new building was a 2400 sq ft shop and retail store combined. Fishing tackle, camping gear, parts and accessories were added.

The success of our Suzuki Outboards, along with the best warranty in the business prompted a proposal in 2007.  Two Port Alberni entrepreneurs proposed a partnership. In 2008 we opened a second location in Port Alberni, BC. Doug Moore brings strong sales skills and project management experience while Dennis Griffith offers his exceptional mechanical skill in maintenance and repair of inboards and outboards alike specializing in Yamaha products.  We also employ Mike Brouard who is the master with Johnson and Evinrude.

We currently carry some of the most extensive stock in Suzuki outboard inventory in Canada and ranked 3rd in Suzuki Outboard sales across Canada in 2008, 2nd in 2009 and 1st in 2010.

We believe that we need to support our loyal customers that have helped grow our business. Getting all our customers, both new and returning, back on the water fast, should you have a mishap, is top priority.

If you ask the pros such as fishing guides or whale watchers or people that live on islands that use their motor every day, why they have switched to Suzuki outboards, they'll give you reasons like realiability, fuel economy, longevity, and top notch service and support. These are all the same reasons that YOU should have a Suzuki outboard on the back of your boat!

 Visit the Breakers Marine Ltd website

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We Deliver Unforgettable Fishing Adventures!

Established in 1995, West Coast River Charters was formed by owner and head fishing guide Nick Hnennyj.  Born in Port Alberni, Nick has fished the waters of Vancouver Island his whole life and as a professional guide for the last 20 years.

Located near the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Port Alberni is the gateway to world class Salmon fishing in the waters of Barkley Sound.  Port Alberni is also home of the Stamp, Somass and Sproat River systems.  The fishing action is year round and always exciting, making Port Alberni the Ultimate Fishing Town.

At West Coast River Charters we pride ourselves on showing you the best fishing experience possible.   Our modern fleet is well equipped and fishing gear meticulously maintained. Bring your fishing license and leave the rest up to us.  Nothing gets a bigger smile out of us than knowing we’ve helped create a lasting fishing memory.

Visit West Coast River Charters website



49 North Helicopters Ltd. of Campbell River, B.C., Canada, is founded by Sheena Ell and Jean-Marc Messmer. Ell and Messmer are both highly qualified helicopter pilots and flight instructors with 41 years of combined flying experience.

Sheena Ell started working as a fixed-wing flight instructor in Alberta and B.C. in 1988 and began training on helicopters in 1992, ferrying Jet Rangers to build time. She co-piloted McMillian Bloedel's corporate Sikorsky S-76 for about two years, flew Helijets S-76s for almost eight years, and went heli-logging as a co-pilot on Canadian Air-Cranes S-64 Aircrane before settling in Campbell River.

Jean-Marc Messmer immigrated to Canada from Switzerland in 1994 to train as a commercial helicopter pilot. After his initial training in Ontario and Quebec, he moved to British Columbia to learn to fly in the mountains. Messmer flew light, intermediate and medium helicopters in the mountains for various operators, and his Swiss heritage nurtured a passion for heli-skiing work.

The couple met in 2005 when working for another company, and founded Coast Mountain Helicopters Ltd. as a flight school in Campbell River in 2007 with a single Robinson R22.

“I always wanted my own business, and after meeting with Sheena I found a great business partner and wonderful wife at the same time. We complement each other in all aspects.” - Jean Marc Maessmer

Coast Mountain, the provincially incorporated flight school, had to change its name in 2011 when Ell and Messmer discovered there was a federally incorporated company with a similar name also in B.C.

In September 2011, 49 North received its commercial operating certificate and began flying in December for Skeena Heliskiing in northern B.C., for whom Messmer had previously flown as a contract pilot. For his first helicopter, Messmer selected a Soloy Aviation Solutions AS350 SD2 AStar.

In Campbell River, Ell continues to run the flying school (now renamed North 49 Helicopter Training Ltd.) and has hired new pilots to help with the instructing. Messmer still works as a contract pilot in the summers and winters. Their fleet now has four helicopters and the school attracts students from France, Germany, across Europe and around the world, all to learn to fly helicopters in Canada.

Visit 49 NORTH HELICOPTERS website


Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Barclay Hotel, the largest full facility hotel in Port Alberni, BC. When staying with us there is no need to give up conveniences you are used to. You can discover treasures to take home at the Alberni Harbour Quay, and then browse our onsite Cold Beer and Wine Store. Retreat to our Pastimes Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy a snack or to watch the game on our big screen TV. Then, relax in our sauna or pool before settling in our luxurious accommodations to enjoy the vintage wine picked up earlier. That's when you will truly understand why the tranquil setting of our hotel has been called the perfect place to call home. If traveling on business, our Port Alberni Hotel boasts over 4500 square feet of meeting space in four rooms that are perfect for small conventions, banquets, parties, meetings and weddings. AV equipment and catering are also available.

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Comox Rentals and Recreation

Serving Vancouver Island providing all your equipment needs - EQUIPMENT RENTALS, USED SALES AND NEW SALES. CRR locally services Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River, but we also deliver anywhere on Vancouver Island. Residential, Commercial and Industrial EQUIPMENT RENTALS Retail power equipment sales and stocking dealer of STIHL and JONSERED brands. Comox Valley stocking dealer of POLARIS  Sportsman, RZR, Ranger, General and Ace ORVs Exclusive Vancouver Island distributor of POLARIS Snowmobiles, Timbersleds and Slingshots.

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