While diving in Port Hardy, say hello to fanatastical wolf eels that could double as extras in a horror movie and watch in wonder as the giant Pacific red octopus shimmies across the barnacled ocean floor.
The local coastline ranks among the world's best cold-water scuba diving spots. "Spectacular beyond words," wrote National Geographic photographer and journalist Paul Nicklen after exploring the blue-green waters of the aptly named God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park north of town.
North Island Dive & Charter's two cabin cruisers take small groups of divers out to Browning Wall, Hunt Rock and other prime dive locations. Markus Kronwitter and his team operate a diveshop at the corner of Market and Hastings streets downtown. Tanks (air and nitrox) can be rented and/or filled. Also available: Regulators, wet and dry suits, and no end of solid advice about diving in these waters. Catala Charters in Port Hardy also embarks on regular dive expeditions.