June 5 , 2011


Northern Vancouver Island

As soon as we left the ferry near Campbell River we turned north, bound for Port Hardy and the coast to the west.

We have a soft spot in our hearts for Port Hardy. Many years ago we had a terrible flight south from Alaska in a seaplane (Mike was flying) with really bad weather. It was great to get our feet on the ground in Port Hardy! It's the largest town on the north shore of the Island.

More about Port Hardy.

Port Hardy

Port Hardy


Carrot Monument

Famous Carrot Monument


Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

We found lots of Bald Eagles along the waterfront.


Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle


Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle


Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles



Paddling at Port Hardy


From Port Hardy it's easy to access the western Pacific coast of Vancouver Island. A 65 km (40 mile) gravel road leads to Cape Scott Provincial Park and Raft Cove Provincial Park. There's also a 19 km (12 mile) paved road to Coal Harbor and a longer 50 km (31 mile) road to Port Alice.

Cape Scott and the Pacific Coast

More about Cape Scott Provincial Park.

Jan Josef Bay Rocks

Beach Rocks at San Josef Bay in Cape Scott Provincial Park


Flowers on Rocks

Flowers on the Rocks


Wandering Throug the Rainforest

Wandering Through the Rainforest


Trail to Beach

The Challenging Trail to the Beach Raft Cove Provincial Park


Beach at Raft Cove

The Beach at Raft Cove


Raft Cove Beach Arch

Beach Arch



Kayaking Near Coal Harbor


Beach Campsite

Beach Campsite Near Port McNeill


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