Port Hardy’s population grew to a little over 5,000 residents while the Island Copper Mine was operating from 1971-1995 about 16 km south of the town. The open-pit porphyry copper mine employed over 900 employees from Port Hardy and the surrounding communities. Today, the former mine is a wildlife habitat and pit lake biological treatment system.
Today, Port Hardy is a transportation hub for air, ferry and marine networks, and serves as the gateway to the Central Coast, the Cape Scott and North Coast Trails, and BC Ferry’s northern terminus for the Discovery Coast run and Prince Rupert.
Chamber of Commerce Info Centrephone: +1-250-949-7622address: 7250 Market StGreat ideas and lots of maps and brochures. Accommodations, activity, and transportation bookings. Wheelchair accessible facilities. Public washrooms. Shaw GoWiFi Gift & souvenir shop.
By carTake the Island Highway from ferries docking at Victoria (500 km, about 5½ hours driving) or Nanaimo (385 km, about 4 hours) from Vancouver, and follow it until the northern end.
phone: +1 250-725-2871One bus daily from Victoria Mayfair Transit Stop 8AM with a one-hour transfer in Campbell River, arriving at 5:30PM, 9 hr 10 min total travelling time.
By boatOr arrive by BC Ferries from Prince Rupert on the Inside Passage, far to the north. Sailings arrive every other day, and depart the following day, during the summer. Fewer sailings in other seasons. Journey takes 15 hours: day cruise of 7:30AM-10:30PM during spring and summer, overnight other times. Some sailings stop in Bella Bella. Prices vary between regular (May-Sep), shoulder season (Oct, Dec, Mar, Apr), off-peak (Nov, Jan, Feb): $121-269 per adult 12 and over, $60-103 per child 6-11, $264-469 per vehicle (up to long), and $132-235 per motorcycle (Sept 2017).
Port Hardy AirportPacific Coastal Airlines flies to Port Hardy from Vancouver (3 times a day, $195-245 one-way) and Bella Bella (twice a day $165-200)..
Water taxi at the dock for the North Coast Trail.
phone: +1 250 949-8143address: 7110 Market StPermanent exhibits of First Nations (including 8,000-year-old artifacts) settlers' effects, fossils, geology, natural history, and local industry. Rotating temporary exhibits, videos. Gift shop.
Fort RupertA former Hudson's Bay Company fort which was built in 1849. The present day village of Fort Rupert is a historic Kwakwaka'wakw village of the Kwakiutl and the Komoyue subgroup where the opportunity exists to see native carvers working on totem poles or other artwork and traditional crafts. The band government of the Kwagu'ł is the Kwakiutl First Nation. Fort Rupert (or Tsaxis as it is known by the Kwakiutl) is worth a visit to see its historic cemetery, the Big House, many totem poles, and colourfully decorated public buildings. Also hiding in the underbrush are the last crumbling remnants of the fort erected by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1849, notably a stone chimney. Sandstone petroglyphs dating back to the 1860s can also be found (after careful searching) on the upper reaches of the oceanfront tidal zone.
Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centrephone: +1 250-902-0336address: 8400 Byng RoadA family-friendly centre that teaches about Pacific salmon. An interpretive gallery, interactive exhibits and hands-on displays that show how salmon are intimately connected to the coastal ecosystem of Northern Vancouver Island, the local First Nations and the local community.
phone: +1 250 949-8491address: 114 Copper WayGallery owned by and featuring the works of artist and totem pole carver Calvin Hunt.
- Old Hudson Bay Store
- The inter city trails
- Carrot Park Mile 0 of the Island Highway
- Walk the seawall
- Eagle watching
- View the totem poles and chain saw carvings
- Tour the murals
- Beach combing
- Storey's Beach located outside of town
- Tex Lyon's Trail-Commuter Trail
- North Island Calendar of Events Festivals, Concerts, Sporting events
- Some of the best scuba diving on the planet, though the water is cold and conditions are tough (so significant prior experience is expected), is available offshore from Port Hardy. Try Browning Pass Hideaway or God's Pocket Resort.
phone: +1 250-949-8781A local company that specializes in smoked salmon 65 different combinations of products and many varieties of flavours like: Maple, Garlic, Cajun, Spiced, and Original. Available in local grocery stores including Save-on Foods and Overwrites Foods.
West Coast Community Craft Shopphone: +1 250-949-2650address: 7135 Market St125 local artists' work is on display. Works of art include carvings, sculptures, paintings, pottery, photography, turned bowls, handmade soaps, honey, quilts, baby blankets and sweaters, beach glass chimes, beach vacation rental homes, jewellery.
- Cup of tea from Retroz or a cup of coffee from Café Guido or Koffees
- Local gifts from the Port Hardy Museum
- Fresh fish from the dock.
Captain Hardy's Fish and Chipsphone: +1 250-949-9008address: 7145 Market StIn 2017, new owners transformed this restaurant, offering French and Japanese fusion cuisine, calamari, sushi, homemade soups and chowders, while still serving up light crispy-battered fresh halibut.
- Glen Lyon Restaurant-good breakfasts
Market Street Caféphone: +1 250-949-8110address: 7030 Market StFresh home baking
phone: +1 250-949-8303address: 7070 Market St. # 8Pizza, fried chicken, chicken wings, subs, gyros, donairs, wraps, sandwiches, soups, salads.
Seto's Wok and Grillphone: +1 250-949-8381address: 9040 Granville StreetChinese and Canadian food.
Karai Sushi & Grillphone: +1 250-949-7744address: 4030 Byng RoadJapanese, Sushi, Asian
Toudai Sushi Restaurantphone: +1 250-949-8755address: 8405 Byng RoadSushi, Asian food.
phone: +1 250-949-7811address: 8700 Hastings StGreat pub food. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, pasta, salads, steak.
address: 8400 Byng Rd,Camping is available. Be bear aware: the local bear population uses this area to forge for berries and hunt salmon.
North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostelphone: +1 250 949 9441address: 8635 Granville St.Housed in an old Mason's Lodge. Lounge and dining area. Free wireless internet and computer kiosk. Free parking. Games room, TV, book exchange. Kayak, bicycle, and motorbike storage. Laundry facilities available upon request. Storage lockers. 3 fully equipped kitchens. Bed linens and towels included. Drying room (for wet gear such as tents). Electric car charger.
- All Ocean Storm B&B
- Bonita B&B
- Byng House B&B
- First Choice B&B
- Fran's View B&B
- Hamilton B&B
- Jessie's B&B
- Kris'Cottage B&B
- Oceanview B&B
- Orange Tabby B&B
- Scotia Bay B&B
- Bear Cove Cottages
- North Coast Cottages
- Ecoscape Cabins- secluded and eco-friendly
address: 8405 Byng RdFree Wi-Fi, restaurant on site, and a refrigerator is included in guest rooms. Port Hardy Airport is 8 km away. A cable TV and a seating area are provided in rooms at Pioneer Inn. A work desk, a microwave and a coffee maker are offered. BBQ facilities are offered to guests of Inn Pioneer. A guest launderette is available. B.C. Ferries Port Hardy terminal is 11 minutes' drive away. Marble River Provincial Park is 34 km from Pioneer Inn.
phone: +1 250 902-0455address: 6555 Hardy Bay RdFull service hotel, with a marina, pub and restaurant. Close to downtown and tourism and business services in Port Hardy.
phone: +1-250-949-8500address: 7370 Market St
phone: +1 250 949-9434address: 4030 Byng RdLicensed dining room, meeting rooms, cold beer and wine store and fax and copy service. Within walking distance of the airport (and they offer complimentary shuttle service), and minutes by car to the BC Ferries terminal and downtown Port Hardy.
phone: +1 250 949-8899address: 7050 Rupert StCentral location.
- Coal Harbour
- Winter Harbour
- San Josef Bay
- North Coast Trail
- Cape Scott Park