Facing Neroutsos Inlet, this custom-built mountainside town is a handy starting point for Pacific-side boating, fishing, kayaking, and diving. Mountain bikers ride local trails year round. More leisurely visitors stroll the pretty seawalk, shoot nine holes of golf and pause for take out pizza. Remote Side Bay, Gooding Cove and the Brooks Peninsula are accessible from here by boat or logging road.
Things to do in Port Alice
- In the geographic heart of the North Island, this company town founded in 1965 on the slopes of a pretty hillside provides quick access to boating, kayaking, scuba diving and sports fishing in the Neroutsos Inlet. This deepwater inlet leads out to Quatsino Sound and the open Pacific.
- Visitors can stroll Port Alice’s seawalk and, at low tide, cross over to aptly named Walk-out Island. Both are good spots for birdwatchers.
- RV enthusiasts can head for the lakeside Spruce Bay and Link River campgrounds.
- The Marble River Trail is a 4km wilderness hiking and cycling route leading to Emerald Pools. Look for the side trail to Bear Falls, a great spot to watch spawning salmon (and the furry carnivores who feed on them) in the fall.
- Explore the region’s limestone karst landscape while driving the 100km Alice Lake Loop Tour. Highlight stops include two remarkable geological formations – the Devil’s Bath and the Eternal Fountain.
- Hire a knowledgeable fishing guide for charter trips or embark on a wildlife viewing tour.
- Learn more about the community and shop for unique gifts at the Tourism and Heritage Centre.