Port McNeill – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Fl;y Fishing near Port McNeill. Photo: Boomer JerrittKnown as the gateway to the gloriously scenic islands, protected spaces and mazy waterways of the Broughton Archipelago, Port McNeill is a grade-A stepping stone to outdoor adventure. Vancouver Island North’s second-largest community proudly co-exists with the rich natural resources of land and sea. Its location (two hours drive time from Campbell River, four from the ferry terminals in Nanaimo) and close proximity to the east coast’s finest island gems make it a regional centre for ecotourism – wildlife viewing, whale watching, grizzly bear safaris, diving, sea kayaking and fresh and saltwater fishing included.

Area Highlights

  • Port McNeill Heritage Museum
  • Cluxewe Salt Marsh Trail
  • Whale Watching Tours
  • Fly Fishing and Ocean Fishing Charters
  • Home of the World’s Largest Tree Burl

From Port McNeill, a scenic drive by highway and logging road leads to Cape Scott Provincial Park and the North Coast Trail. Or head a few minutes south to Telegraph Cove, a historic boardwalk fishing village renowned for its whale watching excursions. The tri-port BC Ferries terminal is located in Port McNeill, servicing the charming communities of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island and Sointula and Malcolm Island.

A memorable Port McNeill visit would include time spent hiking the Schoolhouse Trail just steps from town and perhaps an eagle’s eye sightseeing tour via seaplane or helicopter. The full service recreational and commercial harbour facility is within walking distance to all the necessities required by boaters. In town you will find shops, galleries, accommodations, a museum housed in a beautiful log building, and a year-round Harbour Visitor Centre. Stroll the seawall for photo opportunities such as a 1938 steam donkey that was once used in a logging operation and is now located along the harbour. The world’s largest burl, weighing 24 tons and estimated at over 525 years old, is next to the community hall, a heritage building used for many local events. A second big-league burl is located on Hwy 19 approximately five minutes north of town.

This warm and friendly community offers a wide variety of accommodation options from hotel, bed and breakfasts and resort properties to year-round camping and RV sites

 

Accommodations

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Hidden Cove Lodge

Semi-remote ocean front lodge and cottages powered with wind, solar and generator. Surrounded by lush forest and wildlife, situated on Johnstone Strai ... Read More

Broughton Archipelago Paddler’s Inn

BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO PADDLER'S INN Experience the Wilderness of British Columbia and the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park The Paddler's Inn of ... Read More

250-230-0088

Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters

Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters is located in the beautiful and remote Port McNeill. Port McNeill truly is the place to get hooked up by Hook’n ... Read More

855-805-3474

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Haida Way Hotel

The Haida Way is Port McNeill’s most popular hospitality complex. Located near downtown, the Haida Way is within walking distance of shopping, the h ... Read More

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Broughton Strait Campground

Broughton Strait Campsite is located in a coastal setting abundant rainforest which supports many species of fish and wildlife. Port McNeill is the fr ... Read More

Ocean Comfort Bed & Breakfast

Ocean Comfort Bed & Breakfast is located in the Town of Port McNeill. Private Bath and Private Hot Tub. WIFI and Full Breakfast served at your time. ... Read More

250 956-0002

Cedar Park RV
Cedar Park RV

Cedar Park RV is a great place to stay while visting Port McNeill. Situated near the wilderness community of Port McNeill (Vancouver Island North), t ... Read More

The Artists Point Bed & Breakfast

A family friendly Bed & Breakfast (B&B) with private photo tour options, offering beautiful ocean views and individual wildlife tours. The Bed & Brea ... Read More

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Black Bear Resort and Spa

Quality Resort Hotel Accommodation in the beautiful coastal community of Port McNeill on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia! The Black Bea ... Read More

Alder Bay Resort

Alder Bay Resort is your dream getaway located on a beautiful sandy beach between Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove. Imagine experiencing North Vancouve ... Read More

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Cluxewe Resort

CLUXEWE RESORT A natural wonder, in the land of the Kwakiutl people. Come to this magical place and camp, fish, watch birds and other wildlife, and ... Read More

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an intimate family owned and operated resort located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Gu ... Read More

800-837-4354

Activities

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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

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is an intimate family owned and operated resort located in the middle of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Gu ... Read More

800-837-4354

Vancouver Island Photo Tours

Join professional travel, nature and wildlife photographer Rolf Hicker on a photo tour to visit the most amazing scenic places around Northern Vancouv ... Read More

Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters

Hook’n Them Up Fishing Charters is located in the beautiful and remote Port McNeill. Port McNeill truly is the place to get hooked up by Hook’n ... Read More

855-805-3474

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Leisure Suit Charters

Leisure Suit Charters is a professional fish guiding service which specializes in Steelhead, Salmon and Halibut fishing trips. Operating on Vancouver ... Read More

250-902-9493

Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures

Imagine waking one morning to the sound of a humpback whale's blow as it swims past your ocean side tent. Later that same day watch in awe as a pod of ... Read More

250-956-4617

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

North Island Marina

Our marina is fully equipped with many fuel options: Diesel, Marine Gas, Avgas, Jet Fuel as well as Propane. We have up to 100/3 phase power available ... Read More

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Cedar Park Golf

Golfing 9 Hole Par 3 Golf Course The Cedar Park Resort golf course perfectly captures the essence of Northern Vancouver Island with stunning views of ... Read More

Outer Shores Expeditions

Outer Shores’ small-ship expeditions provide extraordinary and intimate opportunities for being immersed in the ancient cultures and stunning wildli ... Read More

250-220-2311

Broughton Archipelago Paddler’s Inn

BROUGHTON ARCHIPELAGO PADDLER'S INN Experience the Wilderness of British Columbia and the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park The Paddler's Inn of ... Read More

250-230-0088

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Marketplace IGA

We have been serving small, mid-sized and large communities across British Columbia since 1955. You may be familiar with IGA or MarketPlace IGA in ... Read More

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

Diving with Sun Fun Divers - Vancouver Island North
Sun Fun Divers

Sun Fun Divers would like to invite you to the world's greatest temperate diving. We specialize in day trips from a shore based operation. If your vac ... Read More

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Shephard’s Garden

WELCOME to Shephard's Garden, a brief tour of the family garden that Marilyn and Bill Shephard have created out by the Nimpkish River, near Port McNe ... Read More

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

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Mackay Whale Watching

Whale Watching in BC Join the Mackay family, pioneers in killer whale watching in BC, for a cruise aboard the newest and most innovative certified ... Read More

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Maple Leaf Adventures

Join us to experience the amazing natural world of the B.C. and Alaska coast. Relax, rejuvenate and learn as you cruise by classic schooner, with expe ... Read More

250-386-7245

Sea Wolf Adventures

Sea Wolf Adventures connects travellers to destinations in the Great Bear Rain Forest and Broughton Archipelago for grizzly bear viewing day tours, wh ... Read More

250-902-9653

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Haida Way Pub

Fast, affordable food, big portions, drink specials every day of the week, and the friendliest staff in town have made the Haida Way Pub a Port McNeil ... Read More

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The Shed

The Shed is all about bikes, but we carry a wide range of outdoor gear to get out there on the slopes and spending time in a tent. Spend some time ou ... 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

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

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

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

Port McNeill Community Map

Port McNeill Community Map
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