Ocean View of Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Nature View of Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Dandelion Close View in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
View of A Statue in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Totem, cenotaph and B.C. flag view in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
View of A Statue in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Totem, cenotaph and B.C. flag view in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Totem, cenotaph and B.C. flag view in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
View of A Statue in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
View Of The Ocean from Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Fish's Info Board in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Fish's Info Board in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
Historic Carrot View in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
Tomb View in Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Giant Turbine ‌Blade left on the ground ( Horizontally) near Port Hardy, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Adventure Board View, Vancouver Island
Port Hardy Welcome Sign View, Vancouver Island

Port Hardy

Port Hardy is a district municipality on the northeast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It was named after the captain of H.M.S. Victory, Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy. Tourism is a vital part of Port Hardy's economy. Every day in summer, the peak season in Port Hardy, ferries depart to popular tourist destinations in British Columbia. The port is the accessway to some of them, such as Cape Scott Provincial Park, the North Coast Trail, and the BC Marine Trail. The community also offers excellent wilderness activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, caving, scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, fishing, and camping; all in all, get ready for having the time of your life in Port Hardy.
One of the facts about Port Hardy is that the city of Numata in Japan is Port Hardy's twin city. Every year, there is a celebration in Rotary Park to salute the city's natural resource-based economy called "filomi." These syllables, fi, lo, and mi, stand for "fishing, logging, and mining." This celebration is fun, including festivities in the Rotary Park and activities for children, fundraising concessions, entertainment, beer gardens, bake sales, craft sales, and fireworks.

Average Weather in Port Hardy

Port Hardy has an oceanic climate, and that is because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Summer in Port Hardy is very cool, and winter is mild. The temperature is mostly between 1°C (33.8°F) and 18°C (64.4°F).

The Best Time to Visit Port Hardy

The best time to visit Port Hardy is from June to September when you can enjoy the warm weather activities.

How to Get to Port Hardy?

Port Hardy Airport Transfers

You can fly to Port Hardy Airport. It is placed about 10 km (6.2 miles) southeast of Port Hardy's downtown.


Seaplane to Port Hardy

Port Hardy has seaplane charters and air cabs. It has direct flights from Vancouver. Round trip service is possible three times daily. Port Hardy is a base for seaplane charters servicing remote communities of BC's coastline.


Ferry to Port Hardy

Take a ferry from Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver to Departure Bay. From there, take a bus or taxi or rent a car to Port Hardy. You can also take a bus from Nanaimo or Victoria.

Top 10 Attractions in Port Hardy

  • Port Hardy Visitor Centre
  • Scarlett Point Lighthouse
  • Tex Lyon Trail
  • Copper Maker Gallery
  • Carrot Park
  • Gods Pocket Marine Provincial Park
  • Port Hardy Museum & Archives
  • Beaver Harbour Park (Storey's Beach)
  • Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre
  • Natural History Museums
Visiting Port Hardy

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Port Hardy

Port Hardy's natural environment is beautiful and pristine, with lush green parks such as Gods Pocket Marine Provincial Park and Beaver Harbour Park. Both are perfect spots for a family trip and having a picnic. Port Hardy also has excellent trails for hiking, such as Tex Lyon Trail. Nature viewing in Port Hardy is simply a blast, and that is because of the area's rich wildlife. The district of Port Hardy provides lots of entertainment. You can go shopping in the city's sizable covered mall or its delightful downtown and have a meal at one of its many great restaurants. Port Hardy also has an indoor swimming pool and an ice skating rink. There are opportunities for many outdoor water-based activities that would be fun for locals and tourists, such as sport fishing, scuba diving, caving, and paddling.


Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Port Hardy

  • Beaver Lake Recreation Site
  • Bear Cove Park
  • Carrot Park
  • Beaver Harbour Park
  • Gods Pocket Marine Provincial Park
Port Hardy gardens

Beaches, Lakes, Rivers, and Water-based Activities in Port Hardy

Museums and Art Galleries in Port Hardy

  • Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre (a natural history museum)
  • Port Hardy Museum (a natural history museum)
  • West Coast Community Craft Shop
  • Copper Maker Gallery

Entertainment in Port Hardy

Festivals and Events in Port Hardy

  • FiLoMi Days celebration
  • Seafood Festivals

Nightlife and Entertainment in Port Hardy

  • Quarterdeck Pub
  • The Sporty Bar & Grill
  • Old Saltery Pub
  • Taziker'sPub
  • The Sporty Bar & Grill
  • Nax'id'Pub

Free Attractions in Port Hardy

  • Swimming and sunbathing in lakes, rivers, or beaches
  • Hiking all around the Tex Lyon Trail and watching birds
  • Nature viewing and wildlife viewing
  • Going to the historical landmarks in Carrot Park and Storey's Beach
  • Kayaking and canoeing

Services in Port Hardy

Public Transportation in Port Hardy

Port Hardy Public transportation includes buses, taxis, seaplanes, and airplanes. Using buses is for destinations inside the island, and airplanes and seaplanes are for the ones outside. You also can take the taxi services for transportation.


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Where to Stay in Port Hardy

Accommodations in Port Hardy are mainly concentrated around Hardy Bay road and Market street.
Hotels:
Kwa'lilas Hotel
Providence Place
Quarterdeck Inn Resort & Marina

Self-Catered Accommodation:
First Choice Bed & Breakfast
Bonita B&B
Oceanview Bed and Breakfast
Telco House Bed and Breakfast
Orange Tabby B&B
Serengeti Bed & Breakfast
Chocolate & Serenity B&B
Scotia Bay B&B

Hostels:
North Shore Inn
North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostel
Glen Lyon Inn
Great Bear Lodge
Airport Inn

Guesthouses:
Backwoods Cottage
North Coast Cottages
Port Hardy RV Resort & Log Cabins
Bear Cove Cottages SportsFishing and Wellness Retreats
Ecoscape Cabins


Shopping in Port Hardy

Most of the shopping locales are downtown, such as Thunderbird Mall, West Coast Community Craft Shop, Red Apple department store, Your Dollar Store With More and Fields Port Hardy (department store). However, there are great shops in other parts of town, such as North Island Cannabis gift shop, Copper Maker Gallery, and W A Thrift Shop.

Food and Beverage Services in Port Hardy

Restaurant and Café in Port Hardy

  • Glen Lyon Restaurant and Pub
  • Quarterdeck Restaurant & Pub
  • Seto's Wok & Grill
  • Mo's Restaurant
  • Subway
  • Mikonos Café
  • U Café
  • Market Street Cafe
Restaurants and Cafes Port Hardy

Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Pubs, and Bars in Port Hardy

  • Quarterdeck Beer & Wine Store
  • BC Liquor Stores

Health and Wellness in Port Hardy

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Port Hardy

Sport and Wellness Centers, Spas, and Recreational Therapy in Port Hardy

  • Funtastic Gymnastics & Trmpln
  • Raincoast Martial Arts
  • Shotokan Karate-do ISKF
  • Evolve Fitness
  • Wellness center Fung Loy Kok Taoist Tai Chi® - Port Hardy
  • Shear Insanity Hair Studio & Day Spa
  • Northern Bliss Day Spa
  • Recreational Therapy

What you Can Expect to Do Near Port Hardy

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Port Hardy Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

Telegraph Cove Whale Watching

Camping in Cluxewe Resort

Camping in Cluxewe Resort

Camping in Broughton Strait Campsite

Camping in Broughton Strait Campsite

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

Camping in Wildwoods Campsite

Camping in Quatse River Campground

Camping in Quatse River Campground

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

Camping in Port Hardy RV Resort and Log Cabins

Port McNeill Kayaking and Canoeing

Port McNeill Kayaking and Canoeing

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Port Hardy Kayaking and Canoeing

Quatsino Sound Kayaking

Quatsino Sound Kayaking

Wreck of the SS Themis Diving

Wreck of the SS Themis Diving

Browning Pass Diving

Browning Pass Diving

Camping in Cape Scott Provincial Park Campground

Camping in Cape Scott Provincial Park Campground

What you Can Expect to See Near Port Hardy

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

Port Alice

Port Alice

Port McNeill

Port McNeill

Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Minigill Cave

Minigill Cave

Cape Scott Provincial Park

Cape Scott Provincial Park

Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River

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