Coal Harbour – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

Coal Harbour is a northern Vancouver Island marine hub providing access to the fertile fishing grounds of Quatsino Sound located just a 20 minute drive on a paved road from Port Hardy.

Coal Harbour

Photo: S. Fines

This community has had several past incarnations as a mining town, a military base and a whaling station. Today Coal Harbour is a perfect launch point for fishing charters, boaters, kayakers and campers heading into the scenic coastal waters and old-growth forests of Vancouver Island North’s wilderness areas. There is also a growing artisan community encompassing a wide range of artistic pursuits. A Music and Arts Festival celebrates this creativity annually at the end of April or beginning of May. Whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters are regular visitors into Stephens Bay.

Area Highlights

  • Coal Harbour Historical Collection
  • Kayak Launch Point
  • Fishing and Crabbing Tours

Coal Harbour Historical Collection

Coal Harbour History Museum, is a small museum filled with artifacts from logging, seaplanes, and whaling. The main hangar is home to old engines rescued from the forest and a mammoth 6m/20 ft jawbone of a blue whale, the largest found in the world, as a reminder of this community’s history as Canada’s last whaling station.

Kayak Launch Point

The Whale’s Reach community store serves coffee and sandwiches and carries everything you may need for your trip. Quatsino First Nations operate a Marina in Coal Harbour that has serviced moorage, public washrooms, showers and a laundromat. The marina is the ideal place to launch a kayak before you start exploring all that Coal Harbour has to offer.


The Inn on Stephens Bay

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Mount Waddington Regional Transit

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Getting Here

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

Mount Waddington Regional Transit
Phone: 250 956-3151

Community Map

Coal Harbour, BC

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