The North Island’s top main street shopping experience is in Port Hardy, not surprising given its status the North Island’s transportation hub, followed by Port McNeill. That said, there are plenty of independent retailers, chain merchants and, in some of the smaller towns and villages, one-size-fits-all general stores wherever people in the north call home. Given the scenery and the solitude, people here are passionate about creating art. Home studios are often located in some of our nicest places – country backroads, seaside settings and the First Nations lands of Alert Bay and Fort Rupert. Foodies, meanwhile, can buy locally smoked salmon, fresh-caught seafood and 100-mile-diet chocolate.


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Coho Joe Cafe and B&B

Dining: Muffins and scones baked from scratch daily. Various squares made in house. Espresso based drinks and smoothies. Homemade soup, salad, gourmet ... Read More

Old Saltery Pub

The Old Saltery Pub is also located in the newly renovated Saltery, situated over the water along the boardwalk. Enjoy the picture gallery that is fea ... Read More

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

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

Upper Crust Bakery

Upper Crust Bakery offers Finnish inspired baked goods and coffee on the beach in Sointula, BC. We offer lunch and are open Monday to Saturday 9-5. ... Read More

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

Sportsman’s Inn & Restaurant

Harbour view rooms and an accompanying restaurant. ... Read More

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

Scarlet Ibis Restaurant Pub

Hikers fresh from Cape Scott can refresh and feed themselves at The Scarlet Ibis (Holberg) a cozy, no-fuss Holberg restaurant/pub near the park's turn ... Read More

Seahorse Café & Gallery

Welcome to the Seahorse Café & Gallery Telegraph Cove, BC! Our patio seats 60 people. Bus tours, call (250)527-1001 or email fo ... Read More

Bayside Grill

Enjoy delicious Vancouver Island North cuisine at Bayside Grill. Stop by and treat yourself to fantastic home-style cooking! Look for the internation ... Read More

Whale’s Rub Pub

The WHALE'S RUB PUB is a cozy local bar with friendly bartenders, draft beer on tap, and great ocean views from the stunning waterfront deck. Perfect ... Read More

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

The Cook Shack

The Cook Shack is a family owned take-out restaurant in Alert Bay BC. We named our business after our family in Alert Bay. Our Cook family believes ... Read More

Mugz Coffee & Tea House

A quaint little coffee and tea house situated on Port McNeill's waterfront. ... Read More

Sporty Bar & Grill

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

Grassroots Learning Centre & Forest Farm

WELCOME to GRASSROOTS, a community learning centre and forest farm in Port Hardy on Northern Vancouver Island. We are within walking distance of the ... Read More

Killer Whale Café

Telegraph Cove's famous restaurant, the Killer Whale Cafe, is open from Mother's Day to mid October every year. The Cafe is located at the far end ... Read More