With adjacent waters boasting all five species of Pacific salmon, Port Alberni competes with Campbell River for the title of Salmon Capital of the World. For decades, the primary industries of Port Alberni were mining and logging. Today, the town is considered a major tourist hub.
The city is the location of the head offices of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and sits on the traditional territory of the Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council. Around 18,000 people live in Port Alberni.
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