Outdoor adventurers, take note. If you’re looking for a unique road trip destination to check out this season, it’s time to add the small town of Winter Harbour to your itinerary.

With a population of just 15 people, the historic fishing village serves as a gateway to four stunning provincial parks, in addition to a regional park that has campsites, picnic tables, and barbecues to make use of.

While small in size, the village has a rich history and is home to long stretches of sandy beaches and coastline to explore. Visitors can walk down its scenic boardwalk and spot a mix of sea otters, bald eagles, and other intertidal wildlife, or hike the Botel Park Trail for stunning views of Forward Inlet.

As for its history, Winter Harbour is known for the merchant sailing ships that would seek refuge there throughout the 19th century – which gave the village its name, according to Vancouver Island North Tourism.

Within the traditional territory of the Quatsino First Nation, Winter Harbour evolved in the early 20th century as first a trading post for trade between whaling ships and local First Nations, and later as a crab and clam cannery and a logging site.

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As for outdoor gems to check out, the small town is also near Cape Scott, Raft Cove, Lawn Point, and Quatsino Provincial Parks, all of which make for scenic stops on your wilderness adventure.

Visitors can also make their way through the white sand of Grant Bay and Hecht Beach, where Vancouver Island North Tourism says storm-watching is a popular activity during the colder months.

So there you have it, BC! Your next outdoor adventure awaits.

Winter Harbour 

Where: 75 km from Port Hardy