Winter Harbour – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Winter Harbour Sea Otter. Photo: Boomer JerrittA sheltered west coast haven from violent Pacific Ocean weather for sailing ships in the 1800s and fishing boats over the last 100 years, the historic fishing village of Winter Harbour is North America’s western-most point. Tall-mast sailing ships would hole up here in the 1800s and this tiny dot on the map has been a refuge for fishing boats and its own fleet over the last century.

Area Highlights

  • Fishing Charters
  • Wild Life Sightings
  • Grant Bay
  • Botel Park Trail

Winter Harbour. Grant BayToday, Winter Harbour is known for its saltwater fishing charters that head for the northwest coast of Vancouver Island in search of salmon, cod, snapper and halibut. Birders get busy with their life lists while viewing puffins, oyster catchers and dozens of shorebirds. It’s also a stop on the biennial Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race, offering the only stationary fuelling facility in Quatsino Sound and safe year-round anchorage for pleasure craft and commercial fishing boats.

From the village, visitors can walk to sand beaches along a seaside boardwalk, observing sea otters, bald eagles and other intertidal wildlife along the way. Botel Park Trail grants gorgeous views of Forward Inlet and the Pacific Ocean. Cape Scott and Raft Cove Provincial Parks are both nearby. Beachcombing is a popular pastime on the white sand of Grant Bay and at rugged Hecht Beach, an ideal spot for winter storm-watching. Winter Harbour is commonly accessed by boat from Quatsino Sound, by floatplane, and by vehicle via a gravel logging road, approximately 75 km from Port Hardy.

Accommodations

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Qualicum Rivers Winter Harbour Fishing Lodge & Resort

QUALICUM RIVERS WINTER HARBOUR RESORT offers a full complement of services for the avid angler. All of their trips are fully guided and offer unlimite ... Read More

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The Outpost at Winter Harbour

The Outpost at Winter Harbour: Charters, Accommodation, Store, Marina & RV The Outpost at Winter Harbour is located on the rugged, remote and prist ... Read More

Winter Harbour Lodge

Outstanding west coast Fishing at Winter Harbour Lodge, Marina & RV! Fishing from Winter Harbour is as good as it gets on the West Coast. Chinook sal ... Read More

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Kwaksistah Regional Park Campsite

Kwaksistah Regional Park Campsite sits among tall trees at the waters edge. You’ll find eight campsites, fire pits, picnic tables and a sheltered ba ... Read More

Cape Scott – Winter Harbour Cottages

CAPE SCOTT - WINTER HARBOUR COTTAGES Winter Harbour Cottages offer comfortable, year round accommodations. Retreat from the busy world to a quiet, ... Read More

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Dick’s Last Resort

DICK'S LAST RESORT Situated on the rugged northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Offer fishing, kayaking, and great scenery. Cabin accommodations. ... Read More

Activities

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Cape Scott – Winter Harbour Cottages

CAPE SCOTT - WINTER HARBOUR COTTAGES Winter Harbour Cottages offer comfortable, year round accommodations. Retreat from the busy world to a quiet, ... Read More

250-969-4331

Qualicum Rivers Winter Harbour Fishing Lodge & Resort

QUALICUM RIVERS WINTER HARBOUR RESORT offers a full complement of services for the avid angler. All of their trips are fully guided and offer unlimite ... Read More

Dick’s Last Resort

DICK'S LAST RESORT Situated on the rugged northwest coast of Vancouver Island. Offer fishing, kayaking, and great scenery. Cabin accommodations. ... Read More

Winter Harbour Lodge

Outstanding west coast Fishing at Winter Harbour Lodge, Marina & RV! Fishing from Winter Harbour is as good as it gets on the West Coast. Chinook sal ... Read More

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The Outpost at Winter Harbour

The Outpost at Winter Harbour: Charters, Accommodation, Store, Marina & RV The Outpost at Winter Harbour is located on the rugged, remote and prist ... Read More

Getting Here

Drive BC – Provincial Highway Information
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Toll-Free: 1-800-550-4997

Map of Winter Harbour

Winter Harbour Community Map