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Port Hardy, Vancouver Island

Port Hardy is built along the shores of Hardy Bay. This scenic and coastal community offers everything from relaxing walks along the Port Hardy seawall, to quiet river and seaside camping to a host of unique cultural attractions. Port Hardy may be best known for being the southern link in BC Ferries Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage routes to Bella Coola, Prince Rupert, and the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Port Hardy offers hiking, diving, wildlife viewing, and whale watching. Fish the local rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Learn and explore the region’s heritage and culture, eco-adventures, kayaking, and local community recreation activities. A great local museum which offers special displays through out the year as well as the standard every day items from life on the North Island.

Port Hardy is a Vancouver Island community where you can dive world famous brilliant soft corals, countless marine species, 100 foot plus visibility and unique opportunities like diving with the Pacific White-Sided dolphins and wolf eels. For shipwreck diving, Port Hardy rates in the top ten in the world and is know by some as the best dive in BC.

Dive in the morning and golf, fish, and hit the slopes in the afternoon. Mount Cain offers a vertical drop of 450 meters and a reputation for powder runs.

Port Hardy offers great shopping along Market Street as well as a full range of recreational facilities, hotel accommodations, campgrounds, and B&Bs. Convenient service outlets, including a post office, fast food outlets, a shopping mall, gas stations, sani-dumps for RV travellers are all available. There are qualified mechanics, contractors of all types, auto and heavy-duty equipment suppliers.

Quick Facts about Port Hardy:

  • Population of over 4,500
  • Average temperature is 7 to 17 degrees C
  • Established in the early 19th Century
  • First Nations have lived in the area for over 8,000 years
  • Accessible by land, air, and sea
  • Gateway to the Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage
  • Gateway to the North Coast Trail opened officially May 10th, 2008
Information provided by Tourism Port Hardy.
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