The expansion has attracted a number of new businesses, including a regularly scheduled seaplane service.
Fishermen’s Harbour was originally a Small Craft Harbour and marine centre for commercial fishing vessels. Adjacent to the Alberni Harbour Quay, the location is a community focal point and destination for visitors. Additional improvements to the waterfront infrastructure were designed to help retain and expand the home port fishing fleet, increase marine access to the city, expand tourism opportunities and enable new marine-related businesses.
The project involved two phases. The first phase (Centennial Pier) included development of an access ramp, and installation of a floating breakwater and mooring system. Phase two (Tyee Landing) involved fabrication and installation of a breakwater, access ramp, and upland facilities to ensure adequate space for loading and vehicle turn around. The two breakwaters provide safe harbourage and create an environment for subsequent expansion projects to proceed. The project also included a number of pedestrian enhancements, allowing the public to experience the urban waterfront and host a number of events.
Since completion, the expanded capacity has attracted a number of new marine-related services, including a seaplane operator, boat rentals and scenic tours that serve cruise ship passengers and other visitors. Improved access for pedestrians and transient boaters have strengthened the waterfront’s role as a tourism destination and public space, hosting the annual Port Alberni Salmon Festival and Derby among other events throughout the year. As a result of the breakwater, the harbour is also able to attract and accommodate visiting yachts.