Port Hardy is Vancouver Island's gateway to Prince Rupert, Northern British Columbia and Alaska.
It is located along three distinct driving routes, and is the final stop on Highway 19, which from Campbell River onwards is designated on highway signage as the "North Island Route."
Highway 19's well-maintained ribbon of tarmac is largely empty of other vehicles, opportunities to pass slow-moving lumber trucks are plentiful, and the natural vistas of mountain and forest provide a spectacular backdrop. Keep an eye on the gas gauge, and be sure to fill-up in Sayward, Wosk, or Port McNeill on the trip north.
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