Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Port Hardy is the largest community on Vancouver Island North. It is the northernmost point of the Island Highway (aka Hwy 19), site of the regional airport and the starting point for the BC Ferries Inside Passage route to Prince Rupert, an epic ocean journey along the Discovery Coast Passage to the mid and north coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii.

Ripe with opportunities for outdoor adventure, this is a town that offers it all: kayaking, marine activities, First Nations culture in nearby Fort Rupert, numerous west coast artists and phenomenal, abundant wildlife. Black bears are a common sight along the highway as they feast on sweet grass in the summer months. In spring, summer and fall, grizzly bear viewing tours depart by floatplane from Port Hardy to mainland regions of the Great Bear Rainforest. That’s also the extended season for whale-watching outings to Johnstone Strait.

Area Highlights

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • 9-Hole Golf Course
  • Fishing and Diving Charters
  • Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Center

Outdoor Playground

Hikers utilize a land shuttle service that leaves Port Hardy for the trailhead of Cape Scott Provincial Park. From there, the acclaimed multi-day North Coast Trail is within striking distance or, at the other end, a water taxi service drops off backpackers at the trail’s Shushartie Bay trailhead. The region has long been a paradise for boaters and Port Hardy offers marinas, moorage, safe harbours and repair facilities. Anglers set out on charter fishing boats from the marina in Hardy Bay in pursuit of prize salmon and halibut or cast for their catch from the edge of the Quatse River. Port Hardy is also a renowned headquarters for scuba-diving – no surprise given that Jacques Cousteau and other experts have famously stated these waters deliver some of the finest cold-water diving in the world. Rent equipment or book a dive charter in Port Hardy to explore one of the very best this area has to offer including Browning Wall, Hunt Rock, Five Fathom Rock and God’s Pocket Provincial Park. Surf lessons and rentals are also available to visitors looking to ride the waves at secluded, Vancouver Island North beaches like Raft Cove, Grant Bay and San Josef Bay.

Recreation and Leisure

Closer to town, play the Island’s northernmost golf course, rev up your motor at the stock car races, picnic at nearby Storey’s Beach or spot bald eagles feasting on salmon along the riverside Quatse Loop Trail. Shop for art, books and local crafts on Market Street. Check out colourful murals painted on downtown buildings. Snap pictures of the chainsaw art at Carrot Park. And be sure to drop into the Port Hardy Museum & Archives, which houses 8,000 year-old native artefacts and a recreation of a Danish settler’s cottage.

Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Center

Another must visit: The brand new interpretive gallery at the Quatse River Salmon Stewardship Centre (open mid-May to the end of September). Experience fun-filled habitat displays and educational tours within steps of a salmon spawning river and hatchery. At Fort Rupert, the site of a former Hudson’s Bay Company fort, see carvers at work in a First Nations gallery. The staff at the Visitor Centre, open year-round in the heart of town, are happy to assist visitors with more information on local attractions and activities. Make your choice from a diverse slate of accommodations ranging from hotels to B&Bs to campgrounds that are a short walk from downtown.

Accommodations

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Georgie Lake – Sites & Trails BC

Total campsites: 9 Unserviced campsites: 9 Tables provided at campsites Pit toilets Hiking trails Boat launch ... Read More

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Glen Lyon Inn & Suites

Welcome to a waterfront Port Hardy hotel with modern deluxe hotel rooms and Banquet Rooms situated on beautiful Northern Vancouver Island. All rooms a ... Read More

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Airport Inn

Port Hardy, home to the Airport Inn, is situated on the northern edge of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and is a hidden treasure of recreational ... Read More

An Ocean Storm Bed & Breakfast

Contemporary designed Private Accommodations overlook scenic Storeys Beach, Port Hardy, B.C. A luxurious 5000 sq foot modernized home offers two large ... Read More

250-949-9611

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North Shore Inn

. North Shore Inn is located in downtown Port Hardy, which is at the north end of the Vancouver Island, British Columbia. (At the en ... Read More

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Royal LePage Advance Realty Port Hardy

At the northern tip of Vancouver Island, our heritage building has a commanding view of Hardy Bay and the mainland mountains beyond, The road stops ... Read More

Bear Cove Cottages

After a day fishing, hiking, whale watching or exploring the rich culture of the wilderness, luxury is sitting in front of a warm fire or relaxing nec ... Read More

250-949-7939

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Scotia Bay Resort

Scotia Bay Resort is located on northern Vancouver Island in Port Hardy, BC. Our beautiful spot offers views that change everyday and we're open sprin ... Read More

Great Bear Lodge

Grizzly bear viewing tours from early May through October, Great Bear Nature Tours offers grizzly bear viewing excursions from Port Hardy to a beautif ... Read More

250-949-9496

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First Choice B&B

Cozy quilts and comfy beds; Ideal for parties of 3-4. Home-made bread & jam; smoked salmon, cheese, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit and assorted beverages. F ... Read More

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Wildwoods Campsite

Wildwoods Campsite has over 75 Campsites on the estuary of Hardy Bay. Camp in the rainforests of the North Island. Family owned and operated for over ... Read More

Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins

NEW for 2016 - PORT HARDY RV RESORT & LOG CABINS opens 12 brand new log cabins available for nightly rental. Choose from two layouts: one queen wit ... Read More

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Sockeye Cottages

STAY IN COMFORT & STYLE Simply defined, relaxation at its finest ​ Enjoy a fully self-contained cottage rental in a refined, forest-like setting ... Read More

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Tides and Tales Sport Fishing Adventures

Tides and Tales sport fishing wants to show you the fishing trip of a lifetime on Vancouver Island! If catching “size large” Salmon and Bottom fis ... Read More

250-949-0641

Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins

While visiting Port Hardy, BC Canada stay at the newly owned and operated PORT HARDY RV RESORT & LOG CABINS. Formerly known as Sunny Sanctuary Campgr ... Read More

250 949-8111

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EcoScape Cabins

Situated on 15 acres on the northern end of Vancouver Island, Ecoscape Cabins provides a truly unique nature-based holiday experience. Close to pristi ... Read More

250-949-8524

Escape Bed & Breakfast

ESCAPE B&B is located in Port Hardy, the most Northern town on Vancouver Island. This beautifully renovated property is conveniently located near S ... Read More

Quarterdeck Inn & Marina

The Quarterdeck Resort and Marina located in Port Hardy British Columbia Canada is a full service 3 1/2 star Hotel, complete with marina, Pubstyle res ... Read More

Kwa’lilas Hotel

... The Kwa’lilas Hotel is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel, offering high-end amenities and services for North Island visitors and r ... Read More

Pier Side Landing

Pier Side Landing is a quiet, spacious property located on Port Hardy’s waterfront. Visitors are impressed with the stunning ocean view, friendly st ... Read More

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Providence Place

As our guest, you will enjoy the convenience of being centrally located in Port Hardy, providing easy access to local shops, banks, gas stations, medi ... Read More

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Scotia Bay B&B

We are located in picture perfect Scotia Bay just outside of Port Hardy on Northern Vancouver Island. We offer a choice of 3 fully equipped suites ... Read More

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North Coast Cottages

Port Hardy's only Ocean Front Cottages! Enjoy your visit with us amoungst the towering Cedar trees, relax and watch the eagles soar. Enjoy the priv ... Read More

250-902-0484

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North Coast Trail Backpackers

Our hostel is located in downtown Port Hardy, just minutes away from all the local amenities and only steps away from the beach. We have dorm beds an ... Read More

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Duval Point Lodge

Experience salmon and halibut fishing at Duval Point Lodge near Port Hardy, BC on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Duval Point Lodge, ... Read More

Quatse River Campground

Nestled in a large stand of old-growth forest, Quatse River Regional Park and Campground provides a green, secluded riverside hideaway that's moments ... Read More

Activities

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Budget Rent-a-Car

Budget.com has the best rates on rental cars in Port Hardy. Check out Budget.com deals and coupons on car rentals, including car rental discounts when ... Read More

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Port Hardy Museum & Gift Shop

Locally produced native art (silver jewelry, drums, original paintings, prints, textiles, carvings). Permanent exhibits of First Nations " settlers' h ... Read More

The Sporty Bar & Grill

THE SPORTY BAR & GRILL in Port Hardy offers a west coast dining experience. Located across from the ocean and Carrot Park, with summertime patio seati ... Read More

Tofino Bus

Tofino Bus is operating bus service from Port Hardy and the North Island to Campbell River and south Island locations. Year-round, daily scheduled ser ... Read More

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Café Guido

Conveniently located in Downtown Port Hardy. Cafe Guido serves up specialty coffees, tea, Jet tea smoothies, delicious sandwiches & paninis, baked goo ... Read More

k’awat’si Tours

Eco Tours & Aboriginal Cultural Experiences Experience the wild beauty of British Columbia’s coastal rainforests through the eyes of your First N ... Read More

Jim’s Castle Point Charters

Land your trophy catch today! Castle Point Charters in Port Hardy specialize in world class salmon and bottom fishing trips on the beautiful and calm ... Read More

250-949-9294

Mount Waddington Regional Transit

All information to navigate Mount Waddington Transit is on BC Transit's website (www.bctransit.com). Ticket and pass outlets for Port McNeill are: ... Read More

Great Bear Lodge

Grizzly bear viewing tours from early May through October, Great Bear Nature Tours offers grizzly bear viewing excursions from Port Hardy to a beautif ... Read More

250-949-9496

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Canada Sea Kayak

Kayak with orcas in the BEST spot on the planet! Over 220 fish-eating killer whales congregate in this part of Vancouver Island’s Inside Passage eac ... Read More

Bear Cove Cottages

After a day fishing, hiking, whale watching or exploring the rich culture of the wilderness, luxury is sitting in front of a warm fire or relaxing nec ... Read More

250-949-7939

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Duval Point Lodge

Experience salmon and halibut fishing at Duval Point Lodge near Port Hardy, BC on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Duval Point Lodge, ... Read More

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Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish

Hardy Buoys Brand Products All natural ingredients are used by Hardy Buoys to ensure a fresh tasting and nutritious product, while pure alder chips ... Read More

Save On Foods

We are BC's very own food people A proud part of the Overwaitea Food Group family. Overwaitea Foods has been serving and supporting BC communities ... Read More

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West Coast Community Craft Shop

The Community Craft Shop opened in 2003 as a showcase for the many expressive artisans of the Canadian West Coast. Works of art include carvings, scul ... Read More

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NoBull Charters

NoBull Charters specializes in saltwater charters for up to four guests seeking trophy Chinook, light tackle Coho and arm-numbing Halibut. Owner/Guide ... Read More

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Cape Scott Water Taxi

Cape Scott Water Taxi Commercial Marine Transportation Services GO ANYWHERE ON OUR TRANSPORT CANADA CERTIFIED 32 ft, 12-PASSENGER VESSEL. We can m ... Read More

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Pacific Coastal Airlines

Family Owned & Operated This family run airline was founded by CEO and Director Daryl Smith over 30 years ago. Daryl's roots are in the logging bus ... Read More

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North Coast Trail Shuttle

The North Coast Trail Shuttle is a service taking hikers to or from the trail head of the new North Coast Trail and the existing Cape Scott Trail. Hik ... Read More

Kwa’lilas Hotel

... The Kwa’lilas Hotel is a premier First Nations four-star destination hotel, offering high-end amenities and services for North Island visitors and r ... Read More

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EcoScape Cabins

Situated on 15 acres on the northern end of Vancouver Island, Ecoscape Cabins provides a truly unique nature-based holiday experience. Close to pristi ... Read More

250-949-8524

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Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

Dedicated to salmon conservation, enhancement and education on Northern Vancouver Island since 1983. Welcome to Salmon's World! It's all about sal ... Read More

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Free Spirit Charters

Free Spirit Charters offers guided fishing charters from Port Hardy, BC, Canada. From northern Vancouver Island, we will go salt water fishing for s ... Read More

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First Choice Fitness

A great facility that welcomes drop-ins. This fully stocked gym also offers a variety of fitness classes including yoga and aero-boxing. Massage & a s ... Read More

National Car and Truck Rentals

Welcome to National Vancouver Island Thank you for choosing National Car and Truck Rentals on Vancouver Island. We are locally owned and operated fam ... Read More

Cove Adventure Tours

Cove Adventure Tours offers regularly scheduled day trips to remote locations on northern Vancouver Island. The tours offer guests an opportunity to s ... Read More

250 230-4575

Codfather Charters

Codfather Charters have a proven track record since 1986. We have four clean, comfortable 24-31 foot fishing charter boats and quality fishing gear in ... Read More

250-949-6696

Seven Hills Golf & Country Club

Seven Hills Golf & Country Club is a hidden gem of the North Island Established and built in 1982, the Seven Hills Golf & Country Club proudly stan ... Read More

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Natural Impressions Photography

Nature speaks to my soul. I hope thru my photos that it will speak to your soul as well. All photos are © Natural Impressions Photography. ... Read More

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Tides and Tales Sport Fishing Adventures

Tides and Tales sport fishing wants to show you the fishing trip of a lifetime on Vancouver Island! If catching “size large” Salmon and Bottom fis ... Read More

250-949-0641

North Island Kayak

We are North Island Kayak. For the best in wilderness kayaking - from 2 hours to 8 days - Specializing in North Vancouver Island Killer whales or Orca ... Read More

250-928-3114

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Captain Hardy’s

Captain Hardy's is where to go when you are hungry! The fish and chips here are amazing. The incredibly fresh fish is coated in a light crispy batte ... Read More

Getting Here

Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
www.drivebc.com
Toll-Free: 1-800-550-4997

BC Ferries
www.bcferries.com
Toll-Free: 1-888-223-3779

Budget Rent-a-Car
www.bcbudget.com
Phone: 1-888-368-7368

Mount Waddington Regional Transit
www.transitbc.com/regions/mtw/
Phone: 250 956-3151

National Car Rental
www.nationalcar.ca
Phone: 250 758-3509

Pacific Coastal
www.pacificcoastal.com
Toll-Free: 1 800 663 2872

Pacific Coastal
www.pacificcoastal.com
Toll-Free: 1 800 663 2872

Tofino Bus
www.tofinobus.com
Toll-Free: 1-866-986-3466

Town Taxi
Phone: 250-949-7877

Map of Port Hardy

Port Hardy Community Map