Quatse River Campground
Riverside forest camping within easy walking distance to town.
As soon as you pull into the Quatse Campground you are surrounded by ancient rainforest. Tents and trailers are dotted between the wide trunks and green vegetation. The Quatse River provides gentle background sounds. Hard to believe that you are just a short walk from town via a path that begins right at the campground! To really immerse yourself in your surroundings, a visit to the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre will provide a deep understanding of the connection between the local people, the land, marine life and the salmon.
Port Hardy, full-service
From the Island Highway (Hwy 19), turn onto the Coal Harbour Road just south of Port Hardy; Turn left onto Byng Road; Turn left into the Quatse Campground
A full loop circuit, depending on the route you take, will be approximately 100 km. This route is accessed by gravel logging road so driving time for the loop will be approximately 2.5 hours. The feature karst sites have lots to explore and short hiking trails so make sure you give yourself enough time explore!
More Parks and Recreations Sites Nearby
Quatse Loop & Estuary Trail
Take in the scenery as you enjoy an easy 2.5 km riverside loop or take a side trail to a wildlife-viewing platform in the estuary. There is an option halfway through the loop to head into town on a well-maintained community trail along the Quatse River and shoreline of Hardy Bay.
Carrot Park & the Sea Wall
In the heart of Port Hardy, this waterfront walkway offers more than a quarter mile of promenade space. The stroll begins at Rotary Park, where two family playgrounds, public washrooms and the Visitor Centre are located. Carrot Park is the location of the unique monument remembering years of effort to persuade the Province to extend its road network to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
Fort Rupert Trail
The Fort Rupert Trail runs between Storey’s Beach and Bear Cove Road. This 3.7 km trail follows the traditional route the Kwakiutl First Nations took overland to Bear Cove. The trail is varied in terrain including boardwalk and some uphill sections. It is not uncommon to see many different types of wildlife along the trail. Keep an eye out for culturally modified trees.
This is a fun in the sun sandy beach that goes on forever when the tide is out. This is a popular family picnic area that offers a covered Rotary pavilion, barbecue pits, tables nestled under the trees, three ball fields, the Fort Rupert Curling Club and a forested area ready to explore.