Alberni and Port Alberni 1911 Census

Welcome to the searchable online census of Alberni and Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada for 1911.

When you Search the Database, remember to check the 1911 checkbox in the "Census Years" box and select "Alberni" and/or "Port Alberni" from the popup list of Sub Districts.

For the 5th decennial census of Canada in 1911, Vancouver Island was divided into three areas of enumeration: District 8 (Comox-Atlin), District 10 (Nanaimo), and District 3 (Victoria City).

The adjacent communities of Alberni and Port Alberni in the Alberni Valley on the west side of Vancouver Island were included in District 8 (Comox-Atlin). The census district commissioner, John Bruce, was based in Cumberland. Alberni was part of Sub-district 3 and was enumerated by Joseph G. Halpenny. Port Alberni was part of Sub-district 4 and was enumerated by James R. Motion.

This searchable database was created with the help of Maxine Munsil and Diane Dobson of the Alberni District Historical Society. They transcribed the records from microfilm images of the original nominal census schedules. We are most grateful for their assistance and the high standard of their work.

Related archival records for this region, including a searchable database of historical photographs, are available at the Alberni Valley Museumexternal.

Nominal census records for nearby settlements – including the salmon cannery at Ucleuscklesit, whaling station at Sechart, cable and life-saving stations at Bamfield, and lighthouses at Cape Beale and Pachena – are available from Library and Archives Canadaexternal and Automated Genealogyexternal.

Historical note on the 1911 Dominion census

Notes on Enumeration Categories

Patrick A. Dunae
viHistory editor & project director
June 2014