Sunset in Hardy Bay, Port Hardy

(Port Hardy Tourism photo)

Port Hardy


Port Hardy is nestled in the sheltered Hardy Bay on the extreme northeastern coast of Vancouver Island.

The terrain surrounding Port Hardy is a mix of evergreen forest and weathered mountains notable for their wealth of limestone caves. Nearby pockets of civilization include the towns of Coal Harbour and Port Alice, both situated on inlets that lead to the island's west coast via Quatsino Sound.

To the west of Port Hardy past Nigei and Hope Islands is the Queen Charlotte Strait and the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. Due north across the Labouchere Passage is an uninhabited section of BC's mainland marked by fjords and deep-water inlets – key parts of which are protected within the Great Bear Rainforest (home to the province's legendary white Kermode or Spirit bear).

Climate and Weather

The average annual mean temperature in Port Hardy is 46.5°F/8.5°C. Summers by the ocean can be hot but are typically on the mild side, so be sure to pack an extra cardigan for cool evening walkabouts. Rains fall steadily in the winter and the local population goes into semi-hibernation mode (just like the region's black bears).