Port McNeill – "Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago" – sits between lush temperate rainforest and the sparkling Broughton Strait.
Over the decades, labyrinthine logging roads and marine passages have created access to extraordinary wilderness, a gift to travellers.
The drive from Victoria to Port McNeill is about 7 hours (458km/285mi) via the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 19, which begins at Nanaimo some 1.5 hours (110km/69mi) northwest of Victoria.
Out of Campbell River, Hwy 19 drops to two lanes but the lightly travelled drive is one of the Island's most scenic. Count on the 2.5 hour trip from Campbell River to take much longer thanks to frequent camera stops. From Port McNeill, Highway 19 continues north 41km/26mi to Port Hardy.
Around Port McNeill, logging roads open normally inaccessible wilderness routes. Trucks and SUVs are recommended for on these backcountry roads.
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