Adventure by Air

While the Valley of Trails is best known for its hiking and water sports, we’d be crazy if we forgot to mention the fun that can be had with the crisp clean air. The valley enjoys strong and predictable thermal winds funneling up the Alberni Inlet. This makes the Alberni Valley the best place on Vancouver Island for wind sports including soaring, paragliding, hang gliding, windsurfing, kiteboarding, and zip lining.



If you’ve ever dreamt of soaring effortlessly like a bird as the landscape of Vancouver Island unfurls below you like a giant map, then you have to try soaring! Soaring is the act of gliding, with an engineless aircraft, by using ascending currents of air. The Alberni Valley offers excellent soaring from May to September. Opportunities exist for thermal flying in the valley, ridge flying on the neighbouring Beaufort Range, and occasional flights in mountain wave.

To explore this adventure visit:

Vancouver Island Soaring Centre
Alberni Valley Soaring Association


Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

The Alberni Valley offers some of the very best kiteboarding and windsurfing on Vancouver Island. The Alberni Inlet enjoys strong a predictable thermal winds making Port Alberni a hot spot for these wind sports on Vancouver Island.

To explore this adventure visit:

Girl On a Board
Harbour Quay Weather Conditions


Seaplane Flights and Tours

Would you like to experience the thrill of a seaplane flight over the Valley of Trails and Vancouver Island? Or maybe see spectacular Della Falls, arguably the highest water falls in Canada, without making the hike? We’re happy to say this is possible in the Valley of Trails!

To explore this adventure visit:

Pacific Seaplanes


Zip Lining

Want to zip over a beautiful Vancouver Island River Canyon and temperate rain forest? The Valley of Trails has you covered. West Coast Wild is a stunning zip line course west of Port Alberni. There experienced zip line guides will insure your safety and enjoyment, as you explore Vancouver Island from the canopy.

To explore this adventure visit:

West Coast Wild


Paragliding & Hang Gliding

Are you ready for a real air adventure?  Paragliding is the adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. Hang gliding is an air sport in which a pilot flies a light, non-motorized foot-launch aerospace craft called a hang glider. If you want to try paragliding Vancouver Island, BC is definitely your destination.   Framing the Valley of Trails is the Beaufort Range and Mount Irwin which offers ridge and thermal flying.

To explore this adventure visit:

West Coast Soaring Club