Port Alberni has been named ‘Canada’s Most Rider Friendly Community’ in an online contest sponsored by Community Futures Alberta.
Port Alberni beat out eastern winner Cape Breton by more than 10,000 votes to take the title.
Contest organizer Renee Charboneau says the economic benefits from motorcycle tourism can be a huge benefit to small communities.
Port Alberni receives a $35,000 marketing package from contest sponsor Belt Drive Betty magazine and TV productions, and a sign to post at the entrance to town.
Last year’s winner Two Hills Alberta reported a 20% increase in tourism that they attribute to the contest and subsequent media coverage they received.