Things to Do
Port Hardy is a major-league outdoor adventure destination.
The cold waters of the Queen Charlotte Strait are renowned for saltwater fishing and scuba diving. The primary land-based activity here is hiking, and the trail selection ranges from easy riverfront strolls to epic, multi-day treks to Cape Scott and along the North Coast Trail (the island's northernmost extreme).
Shopping and dining options abound for those enjoying a pleasurable few days in town before or after their trip aboard the Inside Passage ferry.
The sheltered waters found elsewhere on Vancouver Island's east coast begin to take on a wild quality near the Port Hardy region as the open Pacific exerts its stormy influence. The tidal race is ideal for a spectacular array of underwater marine life, and scuba pros rate the cluster of islands that comprise God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park among the top dive sites in the world.
Kayakers trace the rocky coastline and paddle the sheltered waters of Hardy Bay; Odyssey Kayaking in town offers rentals, tours and lessons. Charter fishing boats head out routinely in pursuit of salmon and halibut. Swimmers of all ages wade in at Storey's Beach east of town or dive into wilderness lakes. Surfers and boogie boarders ride the big surf at Raft Cove and San Josef Bay. And boaters tie up overnight at the marina while making their way back and forth along BC's Inside Passage and Discovery Coast Passage. Random wildlife sightings of whales, seals, otters, and myriad seabirds are bonuses.