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North Vancouver Island

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North Vancouver Island is the more remote northern part of the island.


  • Port Hardy — small logging town on the north tip of the island, gateway to Cape Scott Provincial Park
  • Alert Bay — small town occupying a third of Cormorant Island, a historical centre of First Nations culture
  • Telegraph Cove — voted one of the ten best "towns" in Canada to visit by travel writers (as published in Harrowsmith Magazine)
  • Zeballos

Other destinations[edit]


Northern Vancouver Island is a resource and tourism based economy that large portions of wilderness. The people of the northern Vancouver Island are friendly and welcoming but like most people in the world it does help to be respectful of local customs. If you are invited (not chartered) to go fishing bring beer and offer to chip in for gas as it is still a lot cheaper than going on a charter fishing trip. Hitchhiking happens but its better if you organize a ride at a coffee house or on the internet.


Less than 1% of northern Vancouver Island is Francophone, so everyone speaks English.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]


  • Strathcona Provincal Park is BC's oldest park.
  • The vast wilderness of the north.


  • Go fishing. Some of the best fishing in the world is on the Northern Island
  • Go camping or hunting or do both. Make sure you get your license before you go.
  • Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre. Leap in to Salmon’s World at the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre! Explore our unique interpretive gallery featuring all things salmon, and take a guided tour of a working salmon hatchery. All proceeds support salmon conservation in Northern Vancouver Island streams. Open May through September.
  • Whale watching for Orca and Humpbacks is very popular out of Telegraph Cove and Port McNeil
  • Go kayaking for a few hours or a few days among the archipegalo of islands that dot the eastern shore of the island
  • Launch off on a tour to see grizzly bears in Knight Inlet
  • Tour the Umista Cultural Centre on Cormorant Island and visit the old Finnish community on Sointula


Stay safe[edit]

Make sure you do not have anything of value in your vehicle if you park it for the night away from you. Also most of the Northern Island is without cell service so make sure your vehicle is in good order. Listen to the road warning signs they are not there for the scenery enhancement. Don't drink and drive. BC has the most stringent DUI laws in Canada.

Go next[edit]

Head north into the waters of the Inside Passage on BC Ferries. Major destinations include Bella Coola and Prince Rupert, but people looking for small, isolated communities might find Bella Bella, Klemtu or Ocean Falls interesting.

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