Port McNeill

Port McNeill is a small town on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. In North Vancouver Island, the port is the second-largest community with rich natural resources of land and sea. Port McNeill is known as the gateway to the protected spaces, gloriously spectacular islands, and waterways of the Broughton Archipelago and Queen Charlotte Strait. It is a grade-A stepping stone to outdoor adventure. Port McNeill Harbour and Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park count as the best places for outdoor activities near Port McNeill. Being close to the shoreline has many advantages, such as excellent weather conditions and watching marine wildlife like dolphins, whales, and seals. Among other inhabitants of the Port McNeill area are grizzly bears, black bears, elks, cougars, deer, which you can enjoy watching them.

Average Weather in Port McNeill

The average minimum and maximum temperature for Port McNeill is 4°C (39.2°F) in December and 20°C (68°F) in August.

The Best Time to Visit Port McNeill

Port McNeill has an oceanic climate and mild or pleasant temperature with limited to little rainfall. The best time to visit Port McNeill is from June to September.

How to Get to Port McNeill?

Port McNeill Airport Transfers

Port Hardy Airport is the closest commercial airport to Port McNeill. The airport is about 39 km (24.2 miles) away, and it usually has three flights per week from Vancouver.


Seaplane to Port McNeill

Wilderness Seaplanes offers charter services between Vancouver and Port McNeill.


Ferry to Port McNeill

Take BC Ferries in Vancouver to Nanaimo from Tsawwassen or Horseshoe Bay. And then drive from Nanaimo to Port McNeill, which takes about 4 hours. Campbell River city is situated around the halfway point along the drive and is an excellent spot to stop and rest or refuel.

Top 10 Attractions in Port McNeill

  • BC Ferries
  • Port McNeill Harbour
  • World's largest burl
  • Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park
  • Alert Bay Ecological Park
  • Broughton Strait Campsite
  • U'mista Cultural Centre
  • 'Namgis Original Burial Grounds
  • Minigill Cave
Visiting Port McNeill

Discovering Beauty and Entertainment in Port McNeill

Port McNeill is a popular tourism location on Vancouver Island, especially during summer. There are beautiful islands such as Malcolm Island, Haddington Island and Alert Bay that you can access from Port McNeill. If you want to stroll the city attractions, there are many tours such as photography, whale watching, bird watching, fishing, and diving.


Gardens, Parks, and Natural Green Attractions in Port McNeill

  • Haddington Beach Trail
  • Alert Bay Ecological Park
  • Cormorant Channel Marine Provincial Park
  • Lower Nimpkish River Provincial Park
  • Beaver Lake Recreation Site
Port McNeill gardens

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

  • Misty Lake
  • Nimpkish Lake
  • O'Connor Lake
  • Long Lake
  • Keogh Lake
  • Roselle Lake
  • Beaver Lake
  • Thiemer Lake
  • Angler Lake
  • Sua Lake
  • Three Isle Lake
  • Sara Lake
  • D Lake
  • Nimpkish River
  • Willow Creek
  • Cluxewe River
  • Tsulton River
  • Kilpala River
  • Kokish River
  • Tsulton River 
  • Whale watching
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Port McNeill Kayaking and Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Boating

Museums and Art Galleries in Port McNeill

  • Port McNeill Museum
  • Just Art
  • Orca Gallery Port McNeill

Entertainment in Port McNeill

Festivals and Events in Port McNeill

  • Christmas Arts & Crafts Showcase
  • Port McNeill OrcaFest

Nightlife and Entertainment in Port McNeill

  • Gus's Pub
  • Haida Way Pub 

Free Attractions in Port McNeill

  • Watching boats in Port McNeill Harbour
  • Sunbathing at Alert Bay Ecological Park
  • Walking around seawall
  • Roaming at the ports and watching seals

Services in Port McNeill

Public Transportation in Port McNeill

There are bus and taxi services for transportation in and out of the town.


Where to Stay in Port McNeill

Port McNeill offers excellent hotels and guest houses; most of them are located downtown with access to many facilities.

Hotels:
Dalewood Inn
The Black Bear Resort Hotel
Sportsman's Inn on the Harbour Front
Humpback Inn Motel
Haida Way Motor Inn
Cedar Park Resort

Self- Catered Accommodation:
Guest House:
Ocean Comfort Bed and Breakfast
Orca Lodge
Seine Boat Inn
McNeill's Inn
Azure Blue Beach House
The Artists Point - Bed, Breakfast and Phototours


Shopping in Port McNeill

Although Port McNeill is a small town, you can find several shopping malls and local stores. Here are some of the best shops in Port McNeill.
West Coast Community Craft Shop, Pioneer Mall, Shop Rite & Rona, The Clothes Inn and East Of Java


Food and Beverage Services in Port McNeill

Restaurant and Café in Port McNeill

  • Archipelagos Bistro
  • Subway
  • Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro
  • Sportsman's Steak & Pizza House
  • Lata's Kitchen
  • M & Y Restaurant
  • Tia's Café
Port McNeill Restaurants and Cafes

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

  • Absolutely Grape U-Brew
  • Devils' Bath Brewing Co.
  • Gus's Pub
  • Haida Way Pub
  • Faculty Brewing Co.

Health and Wellness in Port McNeill

Sport and Wellness Centers and Spas Port McNeill

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

  • Chilton Arena
  • Visions Learning Centre Salon & Spa
  • Dynamic Massage Therapy
  • Harbourside Physiotherapy and Health

What you Can Expect to Do Near Port McNeill

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 Telegraph Cove Campground

Camping in Telegraph Cove Campground

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

Telegraph Cove Kayaking

Telegraph Cove Kayaking

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 McNeill

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour

Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove

Port Alice

Port Alice

Port McNeill

Port McNeill

Port Hardy

Port Hardy

Minigill Cave

Minigill Cave

Little Huson Caves

Little Huson Caves

Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park

Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park

Karmutzen Range

Karmutzen Range

Hankin Range

Hankin Range

Little Huson Cave Regional Park

Little Huson Cave Regional Park

Franklin Range

Franklin Range

Bonanza Range

Bonanza Range

Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park

Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park

Nimpkish River

Nimpkish River

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