Plan Ahead.

With travel restrictions starting to ease, many BC residents are eager to explore everything the province has to offer! And northern Vancouver Island businesses are ready to welcome you on your summer adventures.

But before beginning your journey to the North Island, please take extra precautions to help keep yourself and our communities safe.

First and foremost, please do not travel if you’re feeling unwell. Our region is proudly home to several small and indigenous communities, where an outbreak would put significant strain on the limited health care resources and vulnerable populations. In addition, please consider the following items when planning your adventures:

Plan ahead. Know where you’re going and what to expect once you arrive. Take extra time to research any new policies and procedures for accommodation, transportation, and activity providers to know what to expect before you arrive.

Spend more time in fewer communities. This summer, less is more. Spend more time exploring fewer communities to reduce the likelihood of unknowingly spreading the virus.

Pack the essentials. Set up a handwashing station in your campsite and keep hand sanitizer convenient at all times.

Support local businesses. Our local businesses have been working hard to safely welcome you!

Travel Respectfully. Adventures Smart and Leave No Trace. Please take the time to respect the communities as you explore them. Take time to learn about the natural and cultural history of a place and always pack-in and pack-out any garbage with you.

Read more about how to prepareRead Community welcome messages

Important Information For Visiting Parks

  • Facilities such as outhouses and food caches will receive only intermittent service
  • Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Nels Bight ranger station cabin will be closed to public access until further notice; Campers must be self-sufficient and prepared to camp
  • Visitors to the park should bring their own supplies and be self-sufficient
  • Visitors are responsible for ensuring they bring hygiene products (e.g., hand sanitizer) as availability cannot be guaranteed
  • Visitors need to take personal responsibility for their own safety, refraining from touching surfaces unnecessarily and washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently
  • If visitors are feeling unwell, please stay home and visit another time
  • Visitors should plan ahead and be prepared: http://bcparks.ca/visiting/know-before/, http://bcparks.ca/covid-19/docs/Camping-During-COVID-19-Brochure.pdf?v=1599779166784
Visitor Centres

Port Hardy
7250 Market Street
Daily 9 AM – 4:30 PM, closed for lunch from 12 – 1 PM
www.visitporthardy.com
250 949-7622

Alert Bay
118 Fir Street
Daily 9 AM – 5 PM
www.alertbay.ca
250 974-5024

Port Alice
951 Marine Drive
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at Village Office
www.portalice.ca/visitor-centre

Port McNeill
1594 Beach Drive
Daily 9 AM – 5 PM, closed for lunch from 12 – 1 PM
www.town.portmcneill.bc.ca/harbour
250 956-3881

Sointula
165 1st Street
Daily 10 AM – 2:30 PM
www.sointulainfo.ca
250 973-2001

 

 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Tide Rip Grizzly Tours
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Sport Fishing
The Outpost at Winter Harbour
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Schoen Lake Provincial Park
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Sport Fishing
Dick's Last Resort
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Karai Sushi
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Wildwoods Campsite
 Open for Business
Sointula
Jan's Place
 Open for Business
Holberg
Dining & Shopping
Scarlet Ibis Restaurant Pub
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Adventures, Bird Watching, Education, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Sport Fishing
Rumble Beach Fishing Charters
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Parks, Sport Fishing
Kathleen Lake Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Leisure Suit Charters
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Beachfront Bed & Breakfast
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Beaches, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Parks, Whale Watching
Spirit of the West Adventures
 Open for Business
Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Beaches, Bird Watching, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
North Island Kayak
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Georgie Lake - Sites & Trails BC
 Open for Business
Sointula
Dining & Shopping, Galleries & Studios
Nans Hands
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Adventures, Education, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Natural History, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations
Ripple Coast Society
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Marine Tours, Whale Watching
Mackay Whale Watching
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Parks
Three Isle Lake Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Cultural Centres, Dining & Shopping, Education, Galleries & Studios, History & Culture, Museums, Our People/First Nations
Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping, Our People/First Nations
Kwa'lilas Hotel
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Getting Here, Transportation
Pacific Coastal Airlines
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Glen Lyon Inn & Suites
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Broughton Strait Campground
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Cedar Park Resort
 Open for Business
Alert Bay, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Sointula
Getting Here
BC Ferries
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Hiking, Hiking Tours, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Midnight Sun Adventure Travel
 Open for Business
Port Hardy, Port McNeill
Hiking, Parks
Beaver Lake Trail & Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Sointula
Dining & Shopping
The Burger Barn
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
NoBull Charters
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations, Woss, Mount Cain & The Nimpkish Valley
Caving, Hiking, Parks
Little Huson Caves Regional Park
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Cultural Tours, Hiking, History & Culture, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Scenic Air Tours, Spas & Wellness, Sport Fishing, Transportation, Whale Watching
Broughton Archipelago Paddler's Inn
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove, Wilderness Destinations
Kayaking, Whale Watching
At the Water's Edge Adventures
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Education, Natural History, Whale Watching
Whale Interpretive Centre
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Cultural Centres, Education, Galleries & Studios, History & Culture
Culture Shock Gallery
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Car Rental, Getting Here, Transportation
Budget Rent-a-Car
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Education, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Sport Fishing, Whale Watching
Pete's Salmon Charters
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Transportation
Town Taxi
 Open for Business
Sointula
Education, History & Culture, Museums, Our People/First Nations
Sointula Museum
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Education, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Orca Dreams
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Alert Bay Campground
 Open for Business
Sointula
Dunroven Farm and Sea Cottage
 Open for Business
Sointula
Dining & Shopping
Coho Joe Cafe and B&B
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Airport Inn
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
The Nimpkish Hotel
 Open for Business
Sointula
Sointula Hostel
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Ocean Comfort Bed & Breakfast
 Open for Business
Coal Harbour, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Woss, Mount Cain & The Nimpkish Valley
Transportation
Mount Waddington Regional Transit
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Galleries & Studios
SeaRose Studio
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping, Galleries & Studios
West Coast Community Craft Shop
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Beaches, Sport Fishing
Cape Scott - Winter Harbour Cottages
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Natural History, Parks
Link River Regional Park Campsite
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins
 Open for Business
Sointula
Orca Lodge
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Sport Fishing
Telegraph Cove Resort
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Cultural Tours, Marine Tours, Whale Watching
Coastal Rainforest Safaris
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Dining & Shopping
FP Foods, Deli & Grill
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Beaches
EcoScape Cabins
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Janet's Guest House
 Open for Business
Knight Inlet, Wilderness Destinations
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Coastal Springs Lodge
 Open for Business
Port Hardy, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Museums, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Great Bear Lodge
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Sport Fishing
North Island Tours
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove
Dining & Shopping
Roxy's Diner Food Truck
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Diving, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Natural History, Nature Tours
God's Pocket Resort
 Open for Business
Sointula
Dining & Shopping
Upper Crust Bakery
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Hiking, Parks, Sport Fishing
Marble River Provincial Park
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Save On Foods
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Beaches, Bird Watching, Hiking, Hiking Tours, Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Duval Point Lodge
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Sport Fishing
Forest Grove Condos
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
North Shore Inn
 Open for Business
Woss, Mount Cain & The Nimpkish Valley
Hiking
Woss Fire Lookout
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Eternal Fountain Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Parks
Clint Beek (Keogh Lake) Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Adventures, Bird Watching, Marine Tours, Whale Watching
Seasmoke Whale Watching
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Winter Harbour Campground & RV
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Cluxewe Resort
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Spruce Bay Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Boating, Sailing & Marinas
North Island Marina
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Beaches, Hiking
Tex Lyon Trail
 Open for Business
Cape Scott Park, Wilderness Destinations
San Josef Heritage Park Campsite
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Sport Fishing
Jim's Castle Point Charters
 Open for Business
Cape Scott Park, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Beaches, Hiking, Hiking Tours, Nature Tours
MB Guiding
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Education, Gardens, Natural History
Shephard's Garden
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Market Street Cafe & Bakery
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Codfather Charters
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Boating, Sailing & Marinas
Alert Bay Boat Harbour
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Providence Place
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Natural History, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Whale Watching
Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Alert Bay Lodge
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Royal LePage Advance Realty Port Hardy
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Bird Watching, Education, Hiking, Natural History, Parks
Quatse River Campground
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Vancouver Island Photo Tours
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Drift Inn
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Parks
Nahwitti Lake Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Haida Way Hotel
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Alert Bay Cabins
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Dining & Shopping
Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Inlet Haven Bed & Breakfast
 Open for Business
Sointula
Harmony Shores Campground
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Sport Fishing
Fish Harder Charters
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Dining & Shopping
Quarterdeck Inn & Marina
 Open for Business
Port Hardy, Port McNeill
Golfing
Seven Hills Golf & Country Club
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Beaches, Hiking, Parks
Cluxewe Beach Trail
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Mo's Restaurant
 Open for Business
Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Woss, Mount Cain & The Nimpkish Valley
Getting Here
Drive BC - Provincial Highway Information
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Scenic Air Tours, Sport Fishing, Whale Watching
Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
nax'id' Pub
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Sporty Bar & Grill
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Dining & Shopping
Subway
 Open for Business
Cape Scott Park, Wilderness Destinations
Beaches, Hiking, Parks
Cape Scott Provincial Park: San Josef Bay
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Café Guido
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Dining & Shopping
Glen Lyon Restaurant & Pub
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Sea Glass Suite
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations, Winter Harbour
Beaches, Hiking, Parks, Surfing
Grant Bay Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Whale Watching
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Whale Watching
k’awat’si Tours
 Open for Business
Alert Bay, Cape Scott Park, Coal Harbour, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove
Getting Here, Transportation
Waivin' Flags Taxi
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Humpback Inn
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Car Rental, Getting Here, Transportation
National Car and Truck Rentals
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Nahwitti River Trail
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Adventures, Bird Watching, Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Education, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Nature Tours
Alder Bay Kayak
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Dining & Shopping
Orca Inn Pub
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Adventures, Diving, Marine Tours
Sun Fun Divers
 Open for Business
Port Hardy, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Hiking, Transportation
North Coast Trail Shuttle
 Open for Business
Holberg
Gardens
Ronning's Garden
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Port Alice Ocean Front RV Park
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Dining & Shopping
The Cook Shack
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Transportation
Cape Scott Water Taxi
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Tides and Tales Sport Fishing Adventures
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Parks
Maynard Lake Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove
Dining & Shopping
Hidden Cove Lodge
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Hiking, Parks
Marble River Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Dining & Shopping
Pass N'Thyme
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Sea Glass Cabin
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Dining & Shopping
The Bayside Inn & Grill
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Biking, Cycling & Mountain Biking
The Shed Outdoor Store
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Cultural Centres, Cultural Tours, Education, Events, Galleries & Studios, History & Culture, Our People/First Nations
U'mista Cultural Centre
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
The Artists Point Bed & Breakfast
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Bear Cove Cottages
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Spas & Wellness
Black Bear Resort and Spa
 Open for Business
Woss, Mount Cain & The Nimpkish Valley
Vernon Lake - Sites & Trails BC
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Dining & Shopping
Dalewood Inn
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
Sockeye Cottages
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations, Winter Harbour
Beaches, Hiking, Parks, Surfing
Raft Cove Provincial Park
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Adventures, Beaches, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Centres, Cultural Tours, Dining & Shopping, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Whale Watching
Maple Leaf Adventures
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Seine Boat Inn
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Marine Tours, Nature Tours, Sport Fishing
Qualicum Rivers Winter Harbour Fishing Lodge & Resort
 Open for Business
Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Devil's Bath Recreation Site
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Alder Bay Resort
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Kwaksistah Regional Park Campsite
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
North Coast Cottages
 Open for Business
Port McNeill, Wilderness Destinations
Dining & Shopping, Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters
 Open for Business
Cape Scott Park, Wilderness Destinations
Hiking, Parks
Cape Scott Provincial Park: North Coast Trail
 Open for Business
Winter Harbour
Boating, Sailing & Marinas, Marine Tours, Sport Fishing
Winter Harbour Lodge
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Adventures, Bear Viewing, Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Education, History & Culture, Marine Tours, Natural History, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Whale Watching
Sea Wolf Adventures
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Dining & Shopping
Killer Whale Café
 Open for Business
Telegraph Cove
Boating, Sailing & Marinas
Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park
 Open for Business
Alert Bay
Stay in the Bay
 Open for Business
Quatsino
Adventures, Beaches, Education, Hiking, Hiking Tours, History & Culture, Kayaking, Marine Tours, Museums, Natural History, Nature Tours, Our People/First Nations, Sport Fishing
Quatsino Lodge
 Open for Business
Port Hardy
North Coast Trail Backpackers
 Open for Business
Sointula
Beaches, Hiking, Parks
Bere Point Regional Park Campsite
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Dining & Shopping
Sportsman's Inn & Restaurant
 Open for Business
Port Alice
Frigon Bed & Breakfast
 Open for Business
Port McNeill
Dining & Shopping
Marketplace IGA

Community Welcome Messages

Welcome message from the District of Port Hardy
The District of Port Hardy is now welcoming BC visitors back to our community! All visitors are asked to kindly respect our First Nations communities and neighbouring North Island communities and to review the Provincial recommendations prior to arrival in the community.
Read the full message…

Welcome message from the Town of Port McNeill

After a time of isolating and heeding the advice of our provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, we are ready to welcome you to our community this summer. We know most British Columbians have been staying in their own communities, but now you are anxious to get some fresh air and go back to making memories with your families.
Read the full message…

Welcome message from the Village of Port Alice
The Village of Port Alice is open to welcome visitors from British Columbia following the guidelines set out by the Province.

Joint message from the Village of Alert Bay, ‘Namgis First Nation and the Whe-la-la-U Area Council Society
To protect the residents and visitors of Cormorant Island during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Alert Bay, ‘Namgis First Nation and the Whe-la-la-U Area Council Society are providing notice of the restrictive protocols taking place on Cormorant Island. We encourage those visiting our island to follow the appropriate health behaviours to stay safe and keep others safe. If you do travel, you are encouraged to be as self-contained as possible with your provisions and accommodations.
Read the full message…

Message from the Da’naxda’xw First Nation
Tsatsisnukwomi Village, known as New Vancouver, on Harbledown Island is home of the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala First Nation. The community is closed to all outside tourists at this time. It is anticipated that this closure will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.
www.danaxdaxw.com

Regional District of Mount Waddington Communities & First Nation Traditional Territories Map