Port Hardy - Vancouver Island North

Port Hardy is the largest community on Vancouver Island North. It is the northernmost point of the Island Highway (aka Hwy 19), site of the regional airport and the starting point for the BC Ferries Inside Passage route to Prince Rupert, an epic ocean journey along the Discovery Coast Passage to the mid and north coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii.

Ripe with opportunities for outdoor adventure, this is a town that offers it all: kayaking, marine activities, First Nations culture in nearby Fort Rupert, numerous west coast artists and phenomenal, abundant wildlife. Black bears are a common sight along the highway as they feast on sweet grass in the summer months. In spring, summer and fall, grizzly bear viewing tours depart by floatplane from Port Hardy to mainland regions of the Great Bear Rainforest. That’s also the extended season for whale-watching outings to Johnstone Strait.

Area Highlights
  • Outdoor Playground
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • 9-Hole Golf Course
  • Fishing and Diving Charters
  • Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Center
Outdoor Playground

Hikers utilize a land shuttle service that leaves Port Hardy for the trailhead of Cape Scott Provincial Park. From there, the acclaimed multi-day North Coast Trail is within striking distance or, at the other end, a water taxi service drops off backpackers at the trail’s Shushartie Bay trailhead. The region has long been a paradise for boaters and Port Hardy offers marinas, moorage, safe harbours and repair facilities. Anglers set out on charter fishing boats from the marina in Hardy Bay in pursuit of prize salmon and halibut or cast for their catch from the edge of the Quatse River. Port Hardy is also a renowned headquarters for scuba-diving – no surprise given that Jacques Cousteau and other experts have famously stated these waters deliver some of the finest cold-water diving in the world. Rent equipment or book a dive charter in Port Hardy to explore one of the very best this area has to offer including Browning Wall, Hunt Rock, Five Fathom Rock and God’s Pocket Provincial Park. Surf lessons and rentals are also available to visitors looking to ride the waves at secluded, Vancouver Island North beaches like Raft Cove, Grant Bay and San Josef Bay.

Recreation and Leisure

Closer to town, play the Island’s northernmost golf course, rev up your motor at the stock car races, picnic at nearby Storey’s Beach or spot bald eagles feasting on salmon along the riverside Quatse Loop Trail. Shop for art, books and local crafts on Market Street. Check out colourful murals painted on downtown buildings. Snap pictures of the chainsaw art at Carrot Park. And be sure to drop into the Port Hardy Museum & Archives, which houses 8,000 year-old native artefacts and a recreation of a Danish settler’s cottage.

Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Center

Another must visit: The brand new interpretive gallery at the Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Centre (open mid-May to the end of September). Experience fun-filled habitat displays and educational tours within steps of a salmon spawning river and hatchery. At Fort Rupert, the site of a former Hudson’s Bay Company fort, see carvers at work in a First Nations gallery. The staff at the Visitor Centre, open year-round in the heart of town, are happy to assist visitors with more information on local attractions and activities. Make your choice from a diverse slate of accommodations ranging from hotels to B&Bs to campgrounds that are a short walk from downtown.

Getting Here

Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
www.drivebc.com
Toll-Free: 1-800-550-4997

BC Ferries
www.bcferries.com
Toll-Free: 1-888-223-3779

Budget Rent-a-Car
www.bcbudget.com
Phone: 1-888-368-7368

Mount Waddington Regional Transit
www.transitbc.com/regions/mtw/
Phone: 250 956-3151

National Car Rental
www.nationalcar.ca
Phone: 250 758-3509

Pacific Coastal
www.pacificcoastal.com
Toll-Free: 1 800 663 2872

Pacific Coastal
www.pacificcoastal.com
Toll-Free: 1 800 663 2872

Tofino Bus
www.tofinobus.com
Toll-Free: 1-866-986-3466

Town Taxi
Phone: 250-949-7877

Get Lost in Our Business

Campgrounds & RV Parks
Wildwoods Campsite
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West Coast Community Craft Shop
Transportation
Town Taxi
Getting Here, Transportation
Tofino Bus
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Resorts & Lodges
Tides and Tales Sport Fishing Adventures
Dining & Shopping
Sporty Bar & Grill

Cabins and Cottages
Sockeye Cottages
Golfing, Hiking
Seven Hills Golf & Country Club

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Scotia Bay Resort

Bed and Breakfasts
Scotia Bay B&B
Dining & Shopping
Save On Foods

Vacation Property
Royal LePage Advance Realty Port Hardy
Education, Natural History
Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre
Bird Watching, Education, Hiking, Natural History, Parks
Campgrounds & RV Parks
Quatse River Campground
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Dining & Shopping
Hotels & Motels
Quarterdeck Inn & Marina
Dining & Shopping
Hotels & Motels
Providence Place

Cabins and Cottages, Campgrounds & RV Parks, Hotels & Motels, Resorts & Lodges
Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins

Cabins and Cottages, Campgrounds & RV Parks, Hotels & Motels, Resorts & Lodges
Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins
Cultural Centres, Dining & Shopping, Education, Galleries & Studios, History & Culture, Museums, Our People/First Nations
Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop

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Pier Side Landing
Transportation
Pacific Coastal Airlines

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North Shore Inn
Adventures, Beaches, Bird Watching, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
North Island Kayak
Adventures, Hiking, Transportation
North Coast Trail Shuttle

Hostels
North Coast Trail Backpackers

Cabins and Cottages
North Coast Cottages
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
NoBull Charters
Galleries & Studios
Natural Impressions Photography
Car Rental, Transportation
National Car and Truck Rentals
Transportation
Mount Waddington Regional Transit
Dining & Shopping, Our People/First Nations
Hotels & Motels
Kwa'lilas Hotel
Dining & Shopping
Karai Sushi
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Whale Watching
k’awat’si Tours

Cabins and Cottages, Vacation Rentals
Hardy House
Dining & Shopping
Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish
Dining & Shopping, Education, Gardens, Nature Tours
Grassroots Learning Centre & Forest Farm
Dining & Shopping
Hotels & Motels
Glen Lyon Inn & Suites

Campgrounds & RV Parks
Georgie Lake - Sites & Trails BC
Sport Fishing
Free Spirit Charters
Spas & Wellness
First Choice Fitness

Bed and Breakfasts
First Choice B&B

Bed and Breakfasts
Escape Bed & Breakfast
Beaches
Cabins and Cottages
EcoScape Cabins
Beaches, Bird Watching, Hiking Tours, Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Resorts & Lodges
Duval Point Lodge
Getting Here
Drive BC - Provincial Highway Information
Adventures, Beaches, Hiking, Hiking Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Parks, Transportation
Cove Adventure Tours
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Codfather Charters
Dining & Shopping
Captain Hardy's
Transportation
Cape Scott Water Taxi
Adventures, History & Culture, Kayaking, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Canada Sea Kayak
Dining & Shopping
Café Guido
Car Rental, Transportation
Budget Rent-a-Car
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Cabins and Cottages, Resorts & Lodges
Bear Cove Cottages

Bed and Breakfasts
An Ocean Storm Bed & Breakfast

Hotels & Motels
Airport Inn
Getting Here
BC Ferries

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