Sandy beaches, rugged trails, and ancient totem poles & petroglyphs are just some of the many reasons to visit the town of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. Located within the traditional territory of the Kwakiutl First Nation, the small oceanfront town is rich in Indigenous culture and heritage, with a history that began over 8,000 years ago.

According to Tourism Port Hardy, the area is home to many ancient totems and houses that have stood the test of time. The surrounding nature trails lead to unspoiled sandy beaches and surfing hotspots – so get ready for a rugged coastal adventure.

Hiking opportunities are available for all skill levels, including gentler hikes like the Quatse Loop & Estuary Trail, Port Hardy Seawall, and a 45-minute hike to San Josef Bay & Cape Scott. For those looking for something more challenging, there’s the Tex Lyon Trail, which takes approximately 8 hours to complete roundtrip. Hikers are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of Queen Charlotte Strait upon arrival at Dillon Point.

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Surfers can head to Raft Cove via a 45-minute hike, which takes them through old-growth forest and crossing streams to huge stretches of beaches known for their “rolling waves.” 

Want to do some low-tide exploring? Consider checking out the picturesque Storey’s Beach around sunset. Or if you’re keen on a kayaking adventure, visitors can bring their own kayaks and explore Hardy Bay, Beaver Harbour, and the stunning isles and inlets in between.

So there you have it, adventurers! It’s time to put this coastal beauty on your map this spring and summer.

Port Hardy

Where: North Vancouver Island, BC