Somass River

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Aerial view of central Port Alberni showing the Somass entering the Alberni Inlet.

Somass River is a river on Vancouver Island, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Its drainage basin is 1,412 square kilometres (545 sq mi) in size.[1]

The river's name comes from a Nuu-chah-nulth word meaning "washing".


The Stamp River and Sproat River join to form the Somass River, which flows generally southeast and south into Alberni Inlet and the harbour of Port Alberni.[2] The river crosses Highway 4 outside of Port Alberni in Tseshaht First Nation territory. Several kilometres of the lower course of the river are tidal.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gazetteer of Canada. Vol. British Columbia. Canadian Board on Geographic Names. 1953. pp. xv.
  2. ^ "Somass River". BC Geographical Names.

Coordinates: 49°14′N 124°49′W / 49.233°N 124.817°W / 49.233; -124.817