Aerial view of Port McNeill and Broughton Strait
(Picture BC photo)

Port McNeill

Aboriginal Experiences


The Port McNeill region is the homeland of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation, which has lived here for as long as 9,000 years.

Aboriginal bands speaking the Kwakwaka'wakw language constitute a significant minority and the majority live in many smaller communities. They imbue the region with a rich cultural heritage and compelling recent history. Come discover.

Columbia III Ship

The annual voyage of the Columbia III cruises passengers through the ancestral waters, lands, culture and history of the Kwakwaka'wakw people. The Columbia III has a history and culture of its own.

Built in 1956, the ship was the third in a line of vessels designed to bring medicine, religion, marriages, baptisms and social life to Vancouver Island's remote coastal communities, starting in 1905.

It was decommissioned in 1969 with the advent of Medicare, Canada's national health care system. But the Columbia III is remembered with huge fondness in the villages of the North Island.

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