Port Alice

Port Alice is a small area municipality in the northern part of Vancouver Iceland, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The municipality is situated approximately 54 km west-southwest of Port McNeill and belongs to the Regional District of Mount Waddington. The village takes place here over a distance of about 8 km narrow on the banks of Neroutsos Inlet, an arm of Quatsino Sound, along. The municipality consists of the northerly district of Jeune Landing and the southern district Rumble Beach and then to the industrial area with the pulp mill.


Originally the land was inhabited by the First Nations, so the story goes back further than that dominated by European immigrants historiography. In the area around present-day Port Alice lived and live the Hoyalas of the Quatsino First Nations.

The "European" part of history in this region begins with the arrival of the Spanish and British sailors in the 1770'er years. Except by the fur trade, was this part of Vancouver Iceland largely untouched for the next 100 years by European settlers. This changed in the early 1900'er years, when the timber industry began to spread along the western coast of the island.

1917 built here the brothers Whalen a pulp mill. The resulting settlement they named after Alice Whalen, her mother. Shortly after the founding of the settlement opened on October 1, 1917 a post office.


After the founding of the population of the community grew at times sharply, however, fall considerably on since the peak in the second half of the 20th century. Since the peak, the number of inhabitants has dropped by about half. The last census in 2011 showed a population of 805 inhabitants of the community. The population of the municipality has by shedding from 2006 by 1.6 % compared to the census and thus lies within the opposite trend to the average for the entire Province of British Columbia, where the population grew by 7.0 % at the same time. With an average age of 48.9 years, the population is also significantly older than in the rest of the province, with an average of 41.9 years.


Port Alice is part of School District # 84 - Vancouver West Iceland. In the small community there is only one school, a combined elementary school / secondary school.


The granting of local self-government for the settlement took place only on 16 June 1965 ( incorporated as a District Municipality ). Since 1 January 1971, the settlement has the status of a village community ( Village Municipality ).

Mayor of the municipality, Jan Allen. Together with four other citizens, it forms for three years the Council ( council) of the community.


The main economic activities in Port Alice are the forestry and the local pulp mill.

The average income of employees from Port Alice in 2005 was slightly below average at 22 699 C $, while it was at the same time the average for the entire province of British Columbia 24 867 C $. The difference in earnings between men ( C $ 25,002 ) and women ( 20 246 C $ ) is smaller in Port Alice as the province average ( men = 31 598 C $, women = 19 997 C $).


Port Alice has a direct connection to the East Coast via Highway 30, which opens halfway between Port McNeill and Port Hardy in the Highway 19 ( Vancouver domestic Iceland Highway).

On the southern outskirts of Port Alice is located on the Inlet Neroutsos the local water Airfield (IATA: -, ICAO: -, Transport Canada Identifier: CAL8 ).


Port Alice is after the effective according to Köppen climate classification warm- temperate rain climate ( Cfb ), which is also referred to as oceanic climate. The weather is characterized by a very high average rainfall ( the place is a total of 3300 mm of moisture in one of the wettest places in Canada ) at moderate temperatures in both summer and winter.


Port Alice has a striking resemblance to Port Annie, a fictional small town on Vancouver Iceland, which described the Canadian writer Jack Hodgins in his novel " The Resurrection of Joseph Bourne ."