Tree Burls: See the two largest burls in the world, both located in Port McNeill – and both signposted as the World’s Largest Burl. The first burl to be called the world’s biggest burl was cut from the base of a 351-year-old Sitka Spruce tree in 1976. The burl weighs an estimated 22 tons and measures 45 feet in circumference. The new contender for the title was carved off a tall Sitka Spruce tree near Holberg on northern Vancouver Island in 2005. At 6 metres tall, 6 metres in diameter, and weighing an estimated 30 tons, the burl is located in a waterfront park next to downtown Port McNeill. Burls are naturally occurring abnormal formations that develop when extra cells grow on a tree. Small burls are used to make attractive table tops and clocks.
BC Ferries: Port McNeill is a terminus for the Tri-Island route, a BC Ferry connector service to Alert Bay on Cormorant Island and Sointula on Malcolm Island. Both communities are worthy destinations for day-tripping foot passengers.
Outdoor Adventure: At the North Island’s geographic hub, tour operators offer a wide variety of excursions, including hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, diving, fishing, spelunking, and wildlife viewing. Dense forests, tranquil lakes, spectacular views of Broughton Strait, and plenty of wildlife make this a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Wildlife: The area around Port McNeill is natural habitat for birds and sea life. Eagles soar high above, while sandpipers and herons dart along the ocean shore. Sea lions, porpoises, and whales may be seen in the offshore waters.
Port McNeill Heritage Museum is a good place to delve into the history of the Port McNeill area. Artifacts on display include a Grand Jewel wood stove, cider press, antique typewriters, historic photographs, vintage phonographs, snow shoes, and a 1904 Humber Motor Bike – all housed in a fine log building.
North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is a foresty interpretive centre offering displays and free forestry tours in the summer, providing visitors with the opportunity to learn about the mighty forest industry in British Columbia. Check out a working fish incubation box and spawning redd, or find out what a Madill tower is all about. Located at the junction of Highway 19 and the road to Telegraph Cove.
Nimpkish Lake is a hot spot for serious windsurfers thanks to the strong, reliable winds that rise here on summer afternoons. Bring your wet suit and everything else you may need, as the nearest town is Port McNeill. Enjoy the views of the rugged mountainscape that surround the lake. Island Highway 19 parallels the entire east side of Nimpkish Lake.
Broughton Archipelago Marine Provincial Park is a wilderness area consisting of a maze of several small islands, numerous islets and adjacent foreshore at the southern extremity of Queen Charlotte Strait, off the west coast of Gilford Island. The islands in the marine park are undeveloped and largely undiscovered. Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation site. The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated in the park are fabulous for exploring by kayak, and provide unlimited and unique fishing and swimming opportunities.
Lower Nimpkish Provincial Park is situated to the north of Nimpkish Lake and southeast of Port McNeill. There are no facilities available in the park. Wilderness, walk-in or paddle-in camping is allowed but not recommended.
Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park is situated on the southwestern side of Nimpkish Lake, south of Port McNeill. Wilderness camping is permitted in the scenic park, and Nimpkish Lake Recreation Site and Kinman Camp provide picnic tables and walk-in campsites. Nimpkish Lake also offers excellent freshwater fishing and a boat launch.
Marble River Provincial Park protects the Marble River canyon and the river’s estuary at Varney Bay on Rupert Inlet. Salmon spawning viewing areas are located near the trailhead and at Bear Falls, and a forest recreation site adjacent to the park offers camping and a boat launch. The Marble River is considered one of the best steelhead fishing rivers on Vancouver Island.
Cape Scott Provincial Park is reached via Holberg. The park is a rugged and rain-soaked wilderness, but a network of trails originally cut by enterprising Danish settlers makes it a paradise for the well-prepared hiker. From the park’s main parking lot, historic trails traverse the upland areas in two directions, either north to Cape Scott or southwest to San Josef Bay. The North Coast Trail extends a further 43.1 km from Nissen Bight to Shushartie Bay. There are more than 35 miles of ocean frontage within the park, composed of rocky headlands and promonotories interspersed with wide, sandy beaches. Cape Scott’s strategic location means that it is a natural gathering place for migratory birds. Cape Scott Park is also home to wolves and bears.
Robson Bight (Michael Biggs) Ecological Reserve is visited by up to 200 Orcas each summer when the whales arrive to rub themselves on the gravel beaches at the mouth of the Tsitika River. As the ecological reserve is a sanctuary for killer whales, all motorized boats must refrain from entering the reserve. Whale watching occurs outside the sanctuary, conducted by whale watching companies based in Port McNeill, Telegraph Cove, Alert Bay, and Sointula.
Little Hustan Cave Park: Take a side trip and explore the caves of the Quatsino System, a network of caves that honeycomb Vancouver Island between here and the Strathcona Provincial Park/Gold River region.
Golf: Golfers can head to the public, 9-hole, Par 35 Seven Hills Golf & Country Club in nearby Port Hardy, the northernmost golf course on Vancouver Island. Seven Hills offers the golfer meadering fairways and undulating greens, with scenic views of the North Island Mountains. Open year round. Vancouver Island Golf Vacations.
Boating: The Port McNeill Boat Harbour is open year round, with both commercial and pleasure berthing available for all boat sizes. It is centrally located, so laundry, shopping, banking, liquor, pharmaceuticals, tackle, repairs, and doctors are all just a short walk away. As such, Port McNeill has become a major re-supply point for travellers up and down the coast of British Columbia.
Mount Cain Ski Resort is a low-key, family-oriented ski hill with two T-bars and 1 beginners tow servicing 18 runs. There are approximately 15 kilometres of marked cross-country trails at the base of the mountain, and the terrain in the surrounding area is suitable for snowshoeing and backcountry skiing. Mt. Cain is about 1.5 hours south of Port McNeill.
Viewpoint: Just north of Port McNeill beside Highway 19 near the ‘375 km’ marker is a panoramic lookout offering views south along Broughton Strait past the Pultenay Point lighthouse towards Alert Bay, and east across Queen Charlotte Strait to the British Columbia mainland. The North Island Route is one of Vancouver Island’s most scenic drives, taking travellers through the pristine wilderness of this spectacularly beautiful, densely forested area.
Port McNeill is an excellent base for day trips to nearby communities such as the Nimpkish Valley, Port Alice, Port Hardy, Zeballos and Telegraph Cove. Port McNeill…wilder than your dreams, closer than you think.
Charter a boat or seaplane and visit Echo Bay on Gilford Island, the largest of the islands in the Broughton Archipelago. Visitors to the area are welcomed to a scenic area and wide range of activities in and around Echo Bay and Echo Bay Marine Provincial Park.
Orca Dreams offers twenty years experience hosting people from around the world in the wildlife-rich waters of Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Orca Dreams now offers Canada’s first whale-watching camp, with BC packages that include 4 days of luxury camping.
Watch surfacing humpback whales, a passing pod of orcas, or a curious seal pass by while sipping your morning coffee from your waterfront safari-style tent. Whale watch from camp, kayak or boat, surrounded by the rich wildlife of coastal BC.
Orca Dreams is situated within the traditional territory of the Mamalilikula-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation, on Compton Island on the edge of Blackney Pass, one of the most wildlife-rich marine ecosystems in the world. Blackney Pass connects Queen Charlotte Strait with Johnstone Strait where the strong currents churn up nutrients from deep below, feeding everything from small herring to the 40-ton humpback whales.
Blackney Pass is also one of the best places in North America to view Orcas – also known as Killer Whales – as they make their way to and from Johnstone Strait and the rubbing beaches of Robson Bight on Vancouver Island.
Broughton Archipelago Paddlers Inn
Sea Kayak in comfort based from our ocean-side, or float-house accommodations in the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago, a kayak paradise. The phrase ‘Walking Softly in the Wilderness’ has always been a guiding principle for our homesteading lifestyle and approach to developing our inn. Paddlers Inn has earned a Gold rating from Green Tourism Canada for our efforts to continually reduce our impact on the environment, while supporting others to do the same. We also offer Acupressure massage on-site. Surround yourself with ocean, beaches, trails, an inland lake, and quiet beauty.
Black Bear Resort in the beautiful coastal community of Port McNeill is the newest property on Northern Vancouver Island, offering elegant accommodation on the fringe of a natural forest with beautiful ocean views. The stylish cedar resort boasts 40 tastefully decorated guestrooms each with stunning views of the protected harbour, Malcolm Island, and the coastal mountains of the BC mainland.
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Waterfront West is the first and only marketplace dedicated exclusively to buyers and sellers of waterfront and water view real estate in British Columbia. Advertising Realtors’ listings, private sales and developments, we are pioneering the market for this prime real estate. Featuring private and brokered sales, waterfront developments and a complimentary Buyers’ Club.
Wildcoast Adventures Kayak Tours & Vacations
Wildcoast provides memorable kayak vacations for adventure travellers that combine spectacular scenery, scrumptious food, and abundant wildlife encounters, including whales, dolphins, bears and eagles. Kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca base camp in Johnstone Strait, or take one of our kayak expeditions to Desolation Sound or the Discovery Islands. Our top-rated service caters to both local and international clientele. All kayak tours are fully inclusive and no kayaking experience is required. Only have a day? Visit our storefront for paddleboard and kayak Rentals or Day Tours in the stunning vistas surrounding Quadra Island.
Ocean Light Adventures with the vessel Afterglow
Ocean Light Adventures introduces their new vessel for summer 2021. The powerboat Afterglow is a 60ft Monk designed Gulf Commander with 5 staterooms and 3 heads, offering amazing wildlife viewing from all windows and from the spacious top deck. Her crew has 34 years of experience offering natural history and photography tours on the BC Coast, including Haida Gwaii, and specializing in grizzly viewing tours in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, and spirit bear and grizzly tours in the Great Bear Rainforest. We also offer whale watching and eco tours, from totems to intertidal treasures, rocky shores to sandy beaches, and spawning salmon to towering trees. We offer five spectacular adventure trips between May and October, each to a different region and each highlighting the awe-inspiring beauty of the beautiful BC coast.
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FarOut Wilderness is an outdoor adventure travel company specializing in overland vehicle rentals and tailor-made itineraries in British Columbia. We use our local knowledge and experience to transform your ideas into an authentic and unique adventure.
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