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Chims Guest House Offers Indigenous Designed Accommodations:
  • Čims (Bear) Guest House 
  • Čims (Bear) Studio Suite
  • Quʔušin (Raven) Tiny Home
  • Saasin (Hummingbird) Tiny Home
    All units sleep 4 and are located on Hwy 4 in Port Alberni
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Accommodation Booking

Čims Guest House is a 1 bedroom with Queen bed sleeps  two (2) with a pull-out couch that sleeps two (2).

The open concept living kitchen has a dishwasher and in-suite laundry.

The only unit that you can enjoy a soak in the bathtub/shower.

 

Mobility friendly with no entry stair and only 2 steps down to a private patio. Amazing views of Mount Arrowsmith from the patio.

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request.

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

Size: 550 sq ft

Bed(s): 1 Queen, 1 Double pull-out couch

Čims Studio Suite is open concept with one queen bed that sleeps two (2)and a pull-out couch that is a snug sleep for two (2). 

The full kitchen does not have a dishwasher, includes in-suite laundry, and walk in shower in a larger bathroom.

Mobility friendly with one step in/out of unit/patio that has amazing views of Mount Arrowsmith.

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request. 

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

Size: 400 sq ft

Bed(s): 1 Queen, 1 Double pull-out couch

Čims Studio Suite is open concept with one queen bed that sleeps two (2)and a pull-out couch that is a snug sleep for two (2). 

The full kitchen does not have a dishwasher, includes in-suite laundry, and walk in shower in a larger bathroom.

Mobility friendly with one step in/out of unit/patio that has amazing views of Mount Arrowsmith.

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request. 

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

Chims Guest House Amenities

  • Full size kitchen

  • Mobility Accessible

  • High-Speed Wifi 

  • 42' Flatscreen

  • Washer/Dryer laundry centre

  • Private Patio

  • Beautiful Mountain & Nature Views

  • Indigenous Art Collection

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Lodging Accomodation Hotel Port Alberni Sproat Lake, Vancouver Island

ENHANCING YOUR CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Tourist Attractions in Port Alberni 

Port Alberni on Vancouver Island is a place to experience an engaging blend of outdoor and indoor activities and attractions.  For information on your next trip to Port Alberni please visit the Visitor Centre or Alberni Valley Tourism.

Plan Your Adventure
Places 20 minute or less drive

Victoria Quay 

Victoria Quay is a waterfront park with a picnic area, walkway, and retail on the Somass River. 

Alberni Valley Museum 

Discover collections of our community history, Nuu Chah Nulth art and culture and our industrial roots from logging to fishing and farming.  

Hiking Trail Maps 

Welcome to hikers' paradise with a broad range of trails to suit every interest and capability.  

Kitsuksis Creek 

This system followed the 1964 Alaska earthquake tsunami that hit Port Alberni.  Venture along the pathway offering views of vistas, the creek, and forests. 

Sproat Lake 

If you love the water, this is the place to be.  

Stamp Falls 

Relax by the waterfall at this peaceful riverside park or explore the area on foot on hiking trails. 

Fossli Provincial Park 

This 30-minute route leads through second-growth forest to an old homestead site on Sproat Lake.  

Places more than 20 minute drive 

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve 

Steeped in Nuu-chah-nulth culture, this is a gateway to the rugged west coast.  Enjoy an interpretive walk to the hike of a lifetime along the legendary West Coast Trail.   

Della Falls 

This is a full day hike. For those that prefer to see the falls a water taxi available from the east end of Great Central Lake.  

Tofino 

Take the 1.5 hour drive to Tofino and partake in the many activities from whale watching to fishing, bird watching, hiking and much more. 

Local Recommendations 

Tseshaht Market: Breakfast (Best Breakfast Sandwich), Snacks, Fuel & Indigenous Giftware. Turn Left and drive 2 Min West 1.8 km away. 

 

Restaurant: Little Bavaria 250-724-4242  Reservations are a Good Idea 

 

Burgers:  J & L Drive-In   4422 Gertrude St 250-723-6331   

 

Our Go-To Place - Good Service, Food & Liquor Store:     

Best Western Barclay: Past Times Sports Grill 250-724-7171 

 

Coffee: Steam Punk Café, 3025 3rd Ave (Great Breakfast Sandwiches too) 

 

 

Accommodation Booking

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Guest House

Čims Guest House is a 1 bedroom with Queen bed sleeps  two (2) with a pull-out couch that sleeps two (2).

The open concept living kitchen has a dishwasher and in-suite laundry.

The only unit that you can enjoy a soak in the bathtub/shower.

 

Mobility friendly with no entry stair and only 2 steps down to a private patio. Amazing views of Mount Arrowsmith from the patio.

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request.

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

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Studio

Suite

Breakfast
Ideas

Čims Studio Suite is open concept with one queen bed that sleeps two (2)and a pull-out couch that is a snug sleep for two (2). 

The full kitchen does not have a dishwasher, includes in-suite laundry, and walk in shower in a larger bathroom.

Mobility friendly with one step in/out of unit/patio that has amazing views of Mount Arrowsmith.

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request. 

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

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quʔušin (Raven) Tiny Home located in RV 3 is a 34 ft park model built by Mint Tiny House Company. This luxury 1-bedroom tiny home has electric stove and oven, propane on demand hot water, walk-in shower, heat pump in the bedroom and main area.

The white galley style kitchen with dark walnut coloured butcher block has a dishwasher. No in-suite laundry. 

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request.

 

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed. Additional charge of $25 plus taxes per person, per night for up to two (2) people on the pull out couch.

Quʔušin Tiny Home

 (Raven)

 

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Saasin Tiny Home

(Hummingbird)

Saasin (Hummingbird) Tiny Home located in RV 1 is a 34 ft park model built by Mint Tiny House Company. This luxury 1-bedroom tiny home has electric stove and oven, propane on demand hot water, walk-in shower, heat pump in the bedroom and main area.

The white U-shaped kitchen has a dark walnut coloured butcher block with a dishwasher. No in-suite laundry. 

Dedicated, free parking for 1 vehicle. Additional parking is available upon request. 

 

Rate based on double occupancy (2 people) on Queen bed.   Additional charge of $25 plus taxes per person, per night for one (1) person on the couch and one (1) person on a chaise lounger (up to 5’6). Note: there is no pull-out couch in this layout.

Chims Guest House Amenities

  • Full size kitchen

  • Mobility Accessible

  • High-Speed Wifi 

  • 42' Flatscreen

  • Washer/Dryer laundry centre

  • Private Patio

  • Beautiful Mountain & Nature Views

  • Indigenous Art Collection

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Bear Cam

Let's Talk Bear Safety!

Tseshaht territory is surrounded by wilderness and is home to black bears. It is not uncommon to see bears at the Chim's Guest House. Visitors need to recognize that being around wild animals can be exciting and scary if you do not know how to keep yourself safe.

Always lock your room and vehicle.  Never leave food outside.

There are a few things guests should pay attention to when encountering a bear: 

  • Back up slowly. Never turn your back on a bear, or run. ...

  • Stay calm. If the bear sees you, talk in a low, calm voice and then regardless if it has seen you or not.

  • Jingle your keys or have some sort of noisemaker... bears do not see very well. 

  • Do not stare. ...

  • Always look both ways when leaving your car or the guest house, especially at night.

  • Give it space. ... Never approach it! 

  • Never come in between a mom and her babies

  • Use your bear spray as it approaches.

 
 
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About Us

Accomodation Hotel Lodging Guest House Airbnb Description

Ed and Naomi Nicholson have operated Chims Guest House since July 11, 2018 in the Nuu-chah-nulth Territory in Port Alberni. čims means bear in the Nuu-chah-nulth Barkley dialect. To help guests pronounce and spell the word, the Nicholson's add the "h" in Chims.

​Naomi studied the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Oahu Hawaii and is a Certified First Host Indigenous Customer Service Trainer. When teaching First Host, the program would talk about Indigenizing your space by decor or name, teaching people parts of the language. Naomi would say to her participants "Why isn't someone creating our own Indigenous themed lodging and experiences, Mexico and Hawaii have found a commercial way to showcase and preserve the culture."

 

​Fast forward many years later Naomi and Ed had a chance to build their dream home with commercial zoning usage. Now they have expanded from one Guest House (a detached building like a cabin) to add another Guest House (čims Studio Suite) and 2 custom Park model Tiny Homes.

 

Ed and Naomi look forward to Hosting you!

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Tel:                       1-250-724-4746   
Cell:                     1-250-724-6998 (Naomi Nicholson)
Email:                  sleep@chims.ca
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Directions
A- 6890 Pacific Rim Highway
Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8Y3 Canada   
How to Get to Port Alberni 
 
By Land: 

Port Alberni, BC, is 50 kilometers west of Parksville or 121 kilometers northwest of Victoria on Vancouver Island's Highway 4. 

To reach Port Alberni from Victoria, take the Island Highway and head north. After travelling just over 100 kilometers, avoid the turnoff to Nanaimo and stay on the Island Highway until you come to the Highway 4 West turnoff to Port Alberni. Thirty minutes later, this highway will take you into Port Alberni via Johnston Road. 

If you are coming from Vancouver, take the ninety-five minute BC Ferries sailing from Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver) to Nanaimo's Departure Bay Terminal. From the ferry terminal in Nanaimo, connect with the Island Highway, heading north.  Then take Highway 4. 

 
By Air: 

The closet airport is Cassidy Airport just outside of Nanaimo, 84 km east of Port Alberni. Jazz Air, a division of Air Canada, has flights that arrive daily into Cassidy Airport. 

For international air travelers, the nearest international airports are in Vancouver (YVR) on the mainland or Victoria (YYJ) on southern Vancouver Island. Other major airports on Vancouver Island are Nanaimo Airport (YCD),  Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) and Qualicum Beach Airport (XQU).