More Parks and Recreation Sites
Carrot Park & the Sea Wall
In the heart of Port Hardy, this waterfront walkway offers more than a quarter mile of promenade space. The stroll begins at Rotary Park, where two family playgrounds, public washrooms and the Visitor Centre are located. Carrot Park is the location of the unique monument remembering years of effort to persuade the Province to extend its road network to the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
Fort Rupert Trail
The Fort Rupert Trail runs between Storey’s Beach and Bear Cove Road. This 3.7 km trail follows the traditional route the Kwakiutl First Nations took overland to Bear Cove. The trail is varied in terrain including boardwalk and some uphill sections. It is not uncommon to see many different types of wildlife along the trail. Keep an eye out for culturally modified trees.
This is a fun in the sun sandy beach that goes on forever when the tide is out. This is a popular family picnic area that offers a covered Rotary pavilion, barbecue pits, tables nestled under the trees, three ball fields, the Fort Rupert Curling Club and a forested area ready to explore.
Port Hardy Recreation Complex
The District of Port Hardy provides year-round activities at the Port Hardy Recreation Centre. This complex includes a 25 meter indoor swimming pool, ice skating arena and large, modern Civic Centre. The complex also houses two tennis courts and a skateboard park on the grounds. The skateboard park is open year-round and skaters are invited to utilize this amenity at their own risk.
Broughton Strait Campground
A quiet little campground set in the midst of a grove of evergreens, where it’s not unusual to see deer, eagles and other wildlife. Enjoy the feel of being secluded and tucked away in this rustic oasis, while just a quick walk through the nature trails takes you into town.
Port McNeill Harbour & Marina
The Port McNeill Harbour is open year round with both commercial and pleasure berthing available for all sizes of boats. It is centrally located so laundry, specialty shopping, groceries, banking, liquor, pharmaceuticals, tackle, repairs, and doctors are all just a short walk away. As such, Port McNeill has become a major re-supply point for travelers up and down the coast of British Columbia.
Port McNeill Swimming Pool
The heated, outdoor pool in Port McNeill is open from early-May to late-August. Visitors and residents are welcomed for public, family, and length swims as well as Aquafit classes. Schedules available at the pool.
Chilton Regional Arena
The Regional District of Mount Waddington provides a seasonal ice rink and rents space within the facility for workshops, meetings, or community activities. The illustrious Stanley Cup visited the Chilton Arena when Willie Mitchell, member of the 2012 NHL champion LA Kings hockey team, brought the Cup back to his home town.
Port Alice Seawalk
Enjoy strolling the Seawalk in Port Alice, a wheelchair-accessible pathway that follows the community’s coastline. Have a picnic, hike a short distance to Walk-out Island when the tide is low, and don’t forget the binoculars.
Port Alice Boat Launch
Public launching facilities in Port Alice offer easy ocean access for travelers towing their own boats. This thriving community is the most southerly access point to Quatsino Sound and gives kayakers, scuba divers and charter fishing crews access to the open Pacific Ocean.
Alert Bay Campground
Relax and enjoy the quiet Island life in the fully-serviced Alert Bay Campground. The campground neighbours the Alert Bay Ecological Park and is a great starting place for the Alert Bay Trail System that takes you throughout the Island.
Alert Bay Ecological Park
A birder’s delight! Walk the short woodland trails, traverse the boardwalk and keep an eye to the sky for bald eagles, ravens and other birdlife.
Alert Bay Trail System
20 km of trails make up this system that takes you throughout Cormorant Island. The trails are suitable for hiking and/or mountain biking. Although the Island is a compact half-mile wide and three miles long, it is extremely hilly in some areas so please be prepared. Alert Bay can be enjoyed on foot along the waterfront boardwalk, but a bike or car will give you the ability to explore all the Island has to offer.
Alert Bay Harbour Centre
The new Alert Bay Harbour Centre is fully equipped with public washrooms, laundry and is a resource for information on the regulations in our waterways.
Winter Harbour Boardwalk
The seaside boardwalk used to be the only transportation route to get around the village before the main road was introduced. It remains today as a fantastic way to view the harbour and experience its history.
Botel Park Trail
A short hike through a rainforest and old growth trees leads you to the park site and a view which takes you down Forward Inlet, past Robson and Low Islands to the opening of the Pacific Ocean to Quatsino Sound.
The 6.4km. Mateoja Heritage Trail begins on Third Street above the town site. This trail wanders through the site of an early 1900′s homestead, a marshland, skirts a couple of ponds and continues onto Big Lake, the local swimming hole. Along this route there are numerous decks and benches ideal for picnics and birdwatchers. This trail is an educational trip though the ecosystems of Malcolm Island.
Visitor moorage is welcome at the Sointula Harbour. For many it’s a place to relax and outfit for the next adventure. This is a safe, protected harbour with spacious moorage, electrical hook-up, fresh water, hot showers, a large Laundromat, sani-dump, internet access and courtesy bikes available to explore Sointula or gather provisions from town.
*laundry, showers, water available; small craft harbour
Picnic tables and an outhouse right across from the Government Wharf.
Hoomak Lake Rest Area & Interpretive Trail
This convenient rest area is located beside Hoomak Lake. Walk the interpretive forest trail to stretch your legs. This is also the location of the community sign displays with information on each community in the region and a large Regional Visitors Map highlighting parks, trails and recreation sites.