The North Island
Housing costs are very affordable when compared to the rest of Vancouver Island, the interior and the lower mainland. The communities of Port Hardy and Port McNeil have arenas, curling and skating rinks, all-weather tracks and indoor or outdoor pool facilities.
For additional North Island / tourism information / accommodation information, you may wish to visit the following websites and follow the links for additional information:
North Coast Trail information: http://www.northernvancouverislandtrailssociety.com/trailaccess.htm
Port Hardy (est. pop. 4008) is the largest community in the area and it is also the southern terminal for the regular B.C. Ferries northern route to Prince Rupert and the summer ferry route to the Discovery Coast of Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Ocean Falls and Klemtu. The airport, located 10 minutes from Port Hardy, has several daily scheduled flights to Vancouver and Bella Bella. The community offers most amenties such as a swimming pool, a track, a community centre, a hospital, skating and curling rinks, and interesting shopping areas, as well as government offices. Sports fishing, boating and many other outdoor water opportunities are many during the summer months.
Recreation is outstanding! Fishing, hunting, boating and skiing are a few of the many pastimes enjoyed by residents. Holberg, a small logging camp, is the gateway to Cape Scott Provincial Park, a world renowned wilderness area. Adventurous backpackers take advantage of the mild weather to hike into the park. The park provides miles of white sandy beaches to beach-comb, and many century-old abandoned homesteads. A visit to the U'Mista Cultural Society's Museum in Alert Bay is highly recommended. Visible aspects of the communities’ cultural fabric include the impressive big houses, totem poles, petroglyphs and cultural events. The other larger communities on the North Island are Port Alice (est. pop. 805) situated on Neurotis Inlet on the west coast of the island and Port McNeill (est. pop 2505) situated on the east coast of the island. Summertime finds the rustic and picturesque boardwalk community of Telegraph Cove bustling with tourists. Whale watching tours to the famous Robson Bight Ecological Reserve originate here. Kayaking enthusiasts spend many a day paddling in and out of small coves and around little islets as they search for pods of whales or enjoy the beautiful ocean and mountain scenery.
The smaller fishing communities of Alert Bay on Cormorant Island and Sointula, on Malcolm Island, are linked to Port McNeill by a B.C. Ferries service that accommodates car and passenger traffic. The school district also includes the communities of Hyde Creek, Coal Harbour, Winter Harbour, Quatsino, Echo Bay and Kingcome. The friendliness and community spirit of these communities is unmatched anywhere in B.C.