The First Nations peoples of Port Hardy and northern Vancouver Island have resided here for at least 8,000 years, according to the findings of an archeological dig near the Bear Cove ferry dock.
The Fort Rupert band lands east of town past Storey Beach is home to the latest generations of Kwagu'l, or Kwakiutl, a band within the larger Kwakwaka'wakw nation. Experience First Nations culture touring Fort Rupert, at the Kwakiutl Art of the Copper Maker Gallery, and other Port Hardy galleries.
Touring Fort Rupert
Fort Rupert (or Tsaxis as it is known by the Kwakiutl) is definitely worth a visit to see its historic cemetery, the Big House, many totem poles, and colorfully decorated public buildings. Also hiding in the underbrush are a few last crumbling remnants of the fort erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1849, notably a stone chimney. Sandstone petroglyphs dating back to the 1860s can also be found (after careful searching) on the upper reaches of the oceanfront tidal zone.
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We offer multi-day cruises through Haida Gwaii's (Queen Charlotte Islands') Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Northern Vancouver Island, the Great Bear Rainforest, North Coast/ Khutzeymateen and Southeast Alaska. Our 68' vessels provide the perfect base from which to tour remote coastlines. On these world-class learning journeys we expect to see whales, bears, rich intertidal zones, and a great number of birds. With our First Nations guides we visit ancient villages, see totem poles and hope to catch a glimpse of the Kermode. Our experienced Crew and on-board naturalist will take you places that few have visited on our award-winning expeditions.