The early settlement history of Vancouver Island North is born out of resourcefulness and perseverance. This was a remote and untamed frontier where only the hardiest thrived. Natural resources, establishment of a western colony, the dream of a utopian society – each community has its own story to tell. Most communities remain today, but some have left only remnants of the past.
- If you’re heading west, be sure to stop at the Shoe Tree on the eastern end of Kains Lake, this old cedar snag is covered with hundreds of shoes contributed by visitors
- North Island residents today honour and respect whales, but in earlier days, Coal Harbour was home to Canada’s last whaling station, a 20 foot long jawbone of a blue whale stands as evidence of thisv
- From war to whaling, see the private collection of Coal Harbour community artifacts on public display at the Aircab Float Plane hangar
- It’s all about salmon at the Quatse Salmon Centre in Port Hardy, learn about the important role salmon play in the life of whales
- Glimpse into the early settlement days on the North Island at the Port Hardy Museum & Archives
- Take an educational waterfront stroll along the Port Hardy Seawalk, with interpretive signs dotted along the path