Wild West CoastDebra L. (since 2010)

I came to Port Alice from Edmonton, looking to get away from the congestion of the city and focus on my writing.  Throughout my life, I’ve worked stints in a number of beautiful places including Banff, Jasper and Waterton.  I also spent 18 years working as a forest fire lookout, 7 of those years in a mountain lookout in the Southern Rockies. You might say I been quite spoilt when it comes to having beautiful views to look at.  Port Alice is definitely is in keeping with that tendency.

I was initially lured to Port Alice by the internet.  I had sold my house in Edmonton while the market was still high and was looking for an inexpensive house to buy outright.  Since coming here in 2010, I have been working at a few part time jobs and doing some serious gardening.  In 2013, I published my first children’s picture book, Marshmallow. Presently, I am illustrating my second picture book, Macaroni and Mud, as well as writing a children’s sci-fi novel.

In 2014 I met my boyfriend, James Moore, after being partnered with him from names drawn out of a hat at a darts tournament.  Almost as soon as we got together we started kayaking, even though we were fifty-somethings who had never kayaked before.  We also took James’ cute little Chihuahua, Chloe, on the kayaks with us. After the mill shut down and Port Alice’s economic troubles hit, we thought we should blog about our kayaking experiences, to let the world know about the hidden natural gems that are here and help promote tourism. I had spent a lot of years travelling and have come to appreciate that there are a lot of people in the world who would dream of coming to a quiet, beautiful and secluded place like Port Alice.  Our webpage is entitled and is now up and running.

darrells photos from thumbdrive 149Darrell M. (since 2011)

…after working in the trucking industry for many years Darrell moved to Port Alice and  became a driver for Gypsy Wagon Courier service… which gives him enough? time to pursue his passions of photography and inukshuk building…


Gail Lind – since (???)

read about Gail in the news GAIL LIND

Gail N. – since ???

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Jacqueline M. (since 1985) …-

…is well known for her fabulous photographs which have appeared on CHEX TV, about living in Port Alice since 1985 she says ….”What I love most about Port Alice is the relaxing quality of life here. We have spectacular natural surroundings that continue to amaze me after 30 years! I love the outdoors, and there is always a scenic hike or paddle right at our doorstep (literally!)”.

Jim H. (since 2006)

…when not following an admirable and disciplined exercise regimen is sometimes road tripping with wife, Gloria, exploring the NVI local neighbourhood, courageously sampling the local cuisine (monkey brains? really!) and photographing the sites …see their pictures on the site …and yes that is at least 35 eagles in those trees!!!

Larry Pepper (since ???)

… the conference room at the Community Centre is named for Larry in recognition …

Lorne & Brenda S. (since 2015)

…Lorne and I moved to Port Alice to retire, and while on a tour of the North Island in 2014, we found this little hidden gem, far off the beaten path, down a windy road. The sheer beauty of the place made our minds up for us, this was where we wanted to live. The idea of a small community appealed to both of us as we were both ready to leave the city behind. Upon arriving in Port Alice we were welcomed by all of the residents, and in September we attended the Cops For Cancer dinner, where we shaved our heads to raise money for cancer awareness. We have lived here for almost 7 months now, and every day we find more beauty in this little tucked away town. For anyone looking to retire, and to be near nature, this is the spot for you!

Pauline S. (since 2009)

…moved to Port Alice once she retired from a career as a teacher in Northern Manitoba (and N.B. and Ontario and B.C. …). Since moving here she has become involved in the community extensively acting as treasurer for the Port Alice Yacht Club, serving on the Strata Council of her residence and supporting and participating in all kinds of community events. Recently she was instrumental in organizing a grassroots initiative that she named ALICE IN ACTION, a group which hopes to motivate members of the community to get involved in various development initiatives including attracting active retirees to Port Alice. To this end Polly along with Rose Klien-Beekman wrote a website called which has received many visitors.  When not promoting Port Alice Polly can be seen paddling around in her bright red kayak. p.s. Polly was our first guest contributor to thank you Polly

RonaLee S. (since 2013)

moved to Port Alice and is busily exploring the area, a kayaker, hiker, dog walker ….and having recently discovered our charming little golf course has resolved to take up golfing again after a 20 year hiatus !!!

camera jan2016 1094Susan M. (since 2014)

…after searching the entire North Vancouver Island for the perfect place to retire … we loved the beautiful moderate weather, flowers in January with picturesque snow on the mountain tops … the peace and quiet, the fresh clean air and water, the many wildlife sitings, birds, whales, bears and deer.  The access to wild west coast and the back country on the many logging roads in the area was a huge attraction for us as well. The friendly locals and all service community clinched the deal for us, and no regrets. Since we have been here we’ve visited Side Bay, Gooding Cove, Raft Cove, San Josef Beach (at low tide), Cape Scott, the Alice Lake Loop, Eternal Fountain, Devil’s Bath, Link River and all the many rec sites and swimming holes in the area.  We have done the Tri-Port crawl to Port McNeill  & Port Hardy from Port Alice, and gone further afield to visit Telegraph Cove, Holberg, Winter Harbour, Woss, Zeballos, Sointula and Alert Bay… the list of local places to visit just keeps growing!!!

Trish Weatherall - Owner The Assistant 2 bwTrish W. (since 2010?)

…moved to Port Alice and is currently the Owner/Operator of THE ASSISTANT a Business and Marketing Services company. As a journalist she has contributed numerous articles about local events organizations and characters… she designed our fabulous and elegant website logo, photographs also appear throughout the website which Trish has taken …

Valerie E. (since ????)

…active in the community on numerous boards and societies, Valerie generously submitted valuable content for the Marine Rescue Society, RCM Search & Rescue, Unit 43, Port Alice, Curling, and Health Forum…pictures taken by her as well as husband Brian can be found on many pages ….

Wayne Beckett (since ???)

…  read about wayne in the news Wayne Beckett