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Port Hardy
Port Hardy is situated at the north-east tip of Vancouver Island 44 km (27 miles) north of Port McNeill on Hwy 19. Port Hardy is a small community whose main industries rely on tourism, fishing and logging.

Bald Eagles Soaring Above
Carved out of the wilderness Port Hardy is a place where you are not far from the incredible nature found all around. Bald eagles soar above, salmon jump in front of your eyes and whales migrate off the coast - all seem to be witnessed on a daily occurrence by everyone in town.

Rotary Park Visitor Info Centre
To experience some of this wild nature,, all you have to do is go to Rotary Park located right where the Visitor Centre is situated in Port Hardy. Here you can experience people fishing right from the shoreline right in front of the building. Plus, if you need local information, the staff is very helpful regarding finding wildlife and road conditions.

Filomi Days
A good time to visit Port Hardy is during the annual Filomi Days, which happen during the third weekend in July. This celebration and community festival gives recognition and thanks to the three main historical industries that have sustained Port Hardy's economy for years: mining, fishing and forestry.

Today these three industries have tapered off from the past with eco-tourism helping to supply employment in today's economy. There are various fishing trips and adventure guiding opportunities that you can choose throughout the community and local area.

Storey's Beach
Port Hardy has also various trails and parks from discovery found throughout the area. Some of the trails will take you along the coastline in both directions right from town. A favourite place for locals is at Storey's Beach which is located in Beaver Harbour Park. This sandy beach can be a gold mine for exploring along the ocean's corridor in both directions.

Tex Lyon Trail
For the more adventurous, there is another trail called the Tex Lyon Trail which also starts at Storey's Beach. The Tex Lyon Trail takes you to Dillon Point which overlooks Queen Charlotte Strait, about 15 km (9.4 miles) away. Before you go, make sure you're well prepared with snacks and water in case the weather changes and you get delayed.

Bears and Cougars
Just a reminder, if you do enjoy exploring, Port Hardy is home to lots of bears and cougars in the forests. So much so that both species have been seen right in town and feeding on Hwy 16. So please be careful and wary when walking or cycling around, especially along creeks and rivers during the fall in times of the salmon spawn.

Cape Scott Provincial Park
More hiking areas around Port Hardy include travelling and hiking into Cape Scott Provincial Park. Cape Scott located at the north-western tip of Vancouver Island near Holberg and is only 64 km (40 miles) west of Port Hardy. This hike-in wilderness park is where you'll really experience some of the wildest scenery that British Columbia has to offer.

Be Prepared
Make sure you check on the road conditions to Holberg and Cape Scott Provincial Park at the Visitor Info Centre before you make the journey. You'll want to be prepared for rain if you visit here, plus there are lots of bears in the area so be 'Bear Aware' when hiking or mountain biking in the forest.

Grizzly Bears
For people who would like to watch bears in the wild, various eco-tourism guiding outfits offer bear packages where you can view grizzles in the wild on British Columbia's mainland. One operator, Great Bear Nature Tours, has close-up viewing platforms for you to see great views of Grizzly Bears.

North Coast Trail
Starting in 2008 you can now complete a journey that includes the all old settlements along Queen Charlotte Sound from Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight on the North Coast Trail. Arrangements can be made to start in Port Hardy, then arrange a water taxi through either Cape Scott Water Taxi or Port Hardy Water Taxi to the trailhead at Shushartie Bay. Then once finished the North Coast Trail near Holberg, arrange with the North Coast Trail Shuttle to take you back to Port Hardy.

BC Ferries
Port Hardy at Beaver Cove also serves as the southern terminus for BC Ferries travel up to Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Ocean Falls and the inside passage as far north to Prince Rupert aboard BC Ferries' newest ferry, the Northern Adventure.

Quatse River Hatchery
Other areas worth visiting include the Quatse River fish hatchery where you can learn all about the salmon life cycle in and around Port Hardy. There is a wildlife viewing platform where you can view bald eagles soaring above, plus the soothing sound of water splashing along the rocks on the shoreline.

Zeballos is another small logging community which happens to be situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island at the end of Zeballos Inlet. The turnoff to Zeballos is located just north of Woss on Hwy 19 just after Nimpkish Lake. Along the Zeballos Road, you'll run across access to Anutz and Atluck Lakes, as well as the Little Huson Regional Cave Park.

Logging Roads
Remember, if you are exploring the area by forestry road, that these are private logging roads with the high probability of encountering heavy equipment and logging trucks. Please remember logging trucks have the right of way so drive with your lights on as vehicles must use pullouts and yield to logging trucks at all times.

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Map of Port Hardy
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Fishing in Town
Fishing in Town


Port Hardy Clock Tower
Port Hardy Clock Tower


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Kayaking Around Port Hardy


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Kayaking Around Port Hardy
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Canadian Coast Guard - M.V. Gordon Reid
Canadian Coast Guard - M.V. Gordon Reid


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Canadian Coast Guard - M.V. Cape Sutil

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