Wild coasts and warm welcomes

The community of Port Hardy is renowned for its remote coastal scenery and warm cultural connections. Enjoy the hospitality of this remarkable region as you embrace the wilderness that surrounds this remote outpost.

A feeding frenzy in Port Hardy
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    Hardy Bay Seawall
    7250 Market St, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    Starting at the Visitor Centre in downtown Port Hardy, the seawall is a leisurely stroll that features stunning views of the mainland mountains and interpretive signage about the region’s wildlife. Along the way you will pass the Japanese Gardens, towering totem poles and a number of entrances down to the rocky beach. The birdlife along the seawall is abundant, with shorebirds and waterfowl being the most common to spot, including recent sightings of Black Turnstone, Horned Grebe and Rhinoceros Auklet. Extend your walk by connecting to the Estuary Trail which takes you to the Quatse Estuary Viewing Platform. 

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    Fort Rupert / Commuter Trail
    6520 BC-19, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    This hike takes you on a historic walk through Kwagu’ł territory that was used to commute between the villages at Tayaguł and Bear Cove. Today this hike takes you through first and second-growth forest on a network of gravel trails and boardwalk with a small pond to rest at. While not the most well documented birding location, the abundance of wildlife in the general area make it a worthwhile walk to immerse yourself in this incredible ecosystem.

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    Coastal Rainforest Safaris
    7185 Market St Unit 4A, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    Coastal Rainforest Safaris delivers exciting wilderness experiences rooted in the culturally rich territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw people.

    Take a tour with Coastal Rainforest Safaris to the Islands surrounding the northern tip of Vancouver Island where the magic and excitement of the breeding colonies unfolds. This globally significant Important Bird Area is host to 12 species of seabirds numbering almost 2 million individuals including over 90% of the Canadian population of Tufted Puffins along with 55% of the global population of Cassin’s Auklet.

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Quatse River Estuary
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    Quatse River Estuary Trail & Viewing Platform
    Goodspeed Rd, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    The ecological significance of the Hardy Bay area and Quatse River Estuary have placed this biologically diverse region into the top ten estuaries on Vancouver Island. Part of the Pacific Flyway, the area sees over 160 species throughout the year with up to 60 species of waterfowl overwintering in this important habitat. Explore the expansive trail system that loops its way along the shore of the Quatse River, or take a stroll out to the strategically placed covered viewing platform to examine the quiet waters of the estuary. Common sightings include Northern, Shovellers, Green-winged Teal, Harlequin Duck, Trumpeter Swans and during the fall salmon run season especially, Bald Eagles.

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    Storey's Beach
    5765 Beaver Harbour Rd, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

    This popular sandy beach is a local favourite during the summer months for shoreline recreation, with a lively atmosphere and great amenities for families. Come shoulder season however, particularly on a foggy west coast morning,  you could likely have this spectacular beach to yourself. At low tide the ocean reveals an expansive intertidal zone that attracts a number of shorebirds such as the Long-billed Dowitcher and Dunlin, while the surrounding forests hosts songbirds and birds of prey. With over 130 species known to visit the area, timing a visit to this site for the low tide can prove a productive outing.

Bird watching in Port Hardy
Along the Quatse River, Port Hardy
A flock of gulls, Port Hardy
Shorebirds, Port Hardy
Deep in the coastal Rainforest, Port Hardy
Sea Otter, Coastal Rainforest Safaris
Belted Kingfisher, Port Hardy
Sealions, Coastal Rainforest Safaris
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Cape Scott Provincial Park

An absolutely stunning provincial park located on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island, Cape Scott Provincial Park is a destination like no other. With miles of uninhabited shoreline, thick coastal rainforests and wildly unfettered habitats, you are likely to find yourself in sparse company in this super natural park.

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