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Port Hardy

Bird Watching

Bald Eagles in a tree

Look up just about anywhere/anytime in Port Hardy between April and September, and it's likely a bald eagle or three will be soaring in the blue skies.

Other bird watching sightings can include great blue herons, American widgeons, buffleheads, trumpeter swans, and numerous types of seabirds. The Scott Islands off the western tip of Cape Scott Provincial Park are home to tens of thousands of tufted puffins.

The best bird watching spot in Port Hardy itself is from the viewing platform overlooking the marshy wetlands of the Quatse River Estuary. Bring binoculars and a camera when visiting the site, which can be reached via Goodspeed Road just past Port Hardy RV Resort. A walking trail here links up with the harbourfront walkway to Fisherman's Wharf and the forested Quatse River Trail loop.

Port Hardy is also home to excellent whale watching and bear watching.

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Great Bear Nature Tours - Port Hardy

Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
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Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view and photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 16 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Upgraded in 2014, the new lodge uses locally sourced woods and large windows looking onto the forest and fjord. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions and activities such as interpretive hikes and boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth, and recognized by the Canadian Tourism Commission as a Canadian Signature Experience.

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