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Port Hardy BC – Top 10 Attractions and Things To Do
Port Hardy BC is a quaint town located on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. The sign on the outskirts of town proclaims that Port Hardy is “where the road ends and the adventure begins”, this is a foreshadowing of what awaits you.
By: Darshan Montgomery
1.Stories Beach and Fort Rupert. Take a picnic lunch, take the family and head on down to Stories Beach. Build some sandcastles, take a swim on a hot summers day and take the moment to relax and let your worries melt away. On the way there, or back, see the remnants of the original Hudson's Bay Company establishment of Fort Rupert, there is only a chimney left now, but there are some totem pole viewing opportunities in the area.
2.Quatse River Trail. A 45 minute walk along Port Hardy's scenic waterfront. Walk from the seaplane terminal, along Carrot Park, and past a fish hatchery near the Quatse Estuary. Stop into the fish hatchery and learn about the salmon's cycle of life.
3.Stay at a cabin or cottage. Are you working hard and need a break? Private and isolated cabins and cottages will provide you with that nourishing space to think. A picturesque view, a quiet forest and the freshest air you ever breathe will make you never want to leave.
4.Shop down the main drag. Unique shops with that one of a kind gift, the tourism information centre so you can get the most out of your stay and some of the best fish and chips in the world. Spend an afternoon with a little unstructured leisure time, chat up a local and find some of the real secrets Port Hardy has to offer.
5.Go spelunking or caving. Little Huson Cave park is just outside of Port Hardy and is an experience to behold. This is an easy cave hike, even a beginner will not have any trouble here exploring the caves.
6.Visit Cape Scott Provincial Park. A large park encompassing the northern tip of Vancouver Island with some of the best scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and sandy beaches.
7.Hike the North Coast Trail. A recently opened trail system that takes you through estuaries, ancient rain forests and over the rugged shoreline. It can take 6 days to traverse and is considered more difficult than its little brother the West Coast Trail.
8.The best cold water scuba diving in the world, according to the legendary Jaque Custeau. Port Hardy BC scuba diving is unprecedented for its wealth of dive sites. Browning Wall near God's Pocket Provincial park is the most magnificent cold water dive in the world.
9.World class salmon, halibut and rock fishing. Many different species of salmon migrate by every year this makes for a long fishing season from June to October. There are many adventure tour operators that will make your Port Hardy fishing trip as fruitful and memorable as possible.
10.Take a trip through the Inside Passage on the BC ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. This is the single biggest attraction that brings thousands of people flocking to Port Hardy every year. This majestic voyage takes the same route as the Alaskan cruise ships through the Discovery Coast Passage. You will see whales, eagles, sea lions, picturesque light houses, the Great Bear Rainforest, a ghost town and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Spirit Bear when you pass Princess Royal Island.
This is a just a small taste of what to expect when you visit this special place. If you are going to find yourself here at some point in time, we would like to invite you to explore our more thorough guide for the Inside Passage and Port Hardy BC. http://www.port-
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