Port Hardy, situated close to the most northerly end of Vancouver Island is a modern and bustling community of approximately 5,000 and an excellent starting point for enjoying all the exciting adventures that this area of BC offers. Nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen and photographers have all discovered the fact that the North Island region is an untapped wilderness adventure playground.
Enjoy all the wildlife viewing that the Northern Vancouver Island area offers . . . it’s everywhere! Visit Telegraph Cove, a small community where whale watching adventures abound. Launch your own boat, kayak or canoe or take advantage of the many whale watching charter tours. South of Telegraph Cove is Johnstone Strait and home to one of the best whale watching spots in North America. This area also has many other marine species such as dolphins, porpoises and sea lions.
The Hardy Bay/Quatse River Estuary is home to bald eagles and great blue herons. During the fall, salmon make their way through the bay to enter the river where wildlife species feast on dead and dying fish carcasses. Be sure to visit the Quatse River Hatchery that’s open year round. Other hatcheries in the area include the Marble River Hatchery, Port Alice Hatchery and Gwa’ni (Nimpkish) Hatchery. The Gator Gardens on Cormorant Island offers excellent viewing of bald eagles, common ravens, swallows, downy woodpeckers, and other birds.
You’re invited to explore Malcolm Island and the community of Sointula; it’s just a short ferry trip from Port McNeill. This island offers relaxation and a slower pace with interesting attractions and activities.