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

Port McNeill

Culture & History

Port McNeill's history starts as far back as 9,000 years ago with the arrival of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation.

Today, the Kwakwaka'wakw constitute a significant minority in the region and majority in many smaller communities. They imbue the area with a rich cultural heritage and compelling history sure to capture the traveller's imagination.

European Settlers

In the 1930s, loggers arrived and gave birth to a town. By the 1960s, the population had risen to 400, new businesses were afoot and a sense of community had begun to take shape. The new town was named after Captain Henry McNeill of the Hudson Bay Company's SS Beaver, the first steamship on the Pacific Northwest Coast.

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