pictures: Patrick Lemieux
Location: Cape Scott Park (San Josef Bay)
Port Hardy - where the highway ends and the adventure begins....
Surrounded by the scenic splendor of northern Vancouver Island, Port Hardy is the starting point for all kinds of adventures including journeys by ferry to Prince Rupert up the Inside Passage to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Port Hardy is the largest community on the northern tip of Vancouver Island and offers the advantages of urban amenities, but keeps its small town charm.
Port Hardy is also the starting point of the scenic and adventurous 46km-long North Coast Trail. This trail offers hikers and wild life enthusiasts stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and a remoteness found in only few places on earth. The North Coast Trail will join the existing 20 km-long Cape Scott Trail at Fisherman's Bay near Nissen Bight - a world renowned wilderness beach destination.
Situated in the heart of downtown Port Hardy, our hostel is located steps away from the bus depot, tourist information booth, ocean seawall and shops. From the hostel you can start your visit with a stroll, bike or roller-blade along the seawall. At one end of the seawall is the habour with Coast Guard station, fishing troller's and sailing boats. You can also find several arts and crafts shops with its beautiful First Nation artwork. The small museum of Port Hardy gives you a glimpse into the colourful past of this northern region.
Beyond the seawall is the GWA'SALA- Nakwaxda'xw tribal council big house project. The First Nations culture has flourished on the North Island for thousands of years. A visit to the aboriginal village of Fort Rupert exhibits their rich First Nations heritage. Just around the shore bend is Storey's beach, a great place to hang out in the sun on the fine sand beach, or have a picnic in the park. If you're lucky, you may see a whale swimming by or a black bear on the side of the highway. Bird watchers will find a large variety of resident and migratory bird species at the Quatse River estuary.
Across the street from the Port Hardy hostel is the local tourist info center, where you will find help to start your adventure into the wilds. Port Hardy is famous for seakayaking, salt water as well fresh water fishing, diving, boating, whale watching, bear watching, and hiking.
A spectacular and most inexpensive golf course is open for guests. Rates start at around $30 a day. Near the hostel you can also find an indoor swimming pool and sauna. The bowling arena, shops and the library are all within walking distance of the hostel.
for guests with kids there is a perfect option to place the kids into a summer camp, while parents can enjoy the beauty of PORT HARDY
C&N BACKPACKERS in Port Hardy was originally built in 1979 and used until recently as Hardy Bay's movie theatre. The old theatre was an exciting meeting point for evening and weekend entertainment, for secret first dates, holding hands and first kisses. The former Movie theater has been completely remodeled and renovated as a hostel. Only the outside walls remain from its past. We offer private rooms and dorm rooms as well a kitchen.
The guest BBQ in the garden was removed, UNFORTUNATELY WE HAD A COUPLE OF BEARS WHO INVITED THEMSELF FOR DINNER. You can however enjoy our communal lounge (the former movie theatre lobby) and TV room that invite guests ( not bears) to mingle. The hostel has Internet access for guests and is fully handicap accessible. Parking is available and is free. Linen and bedding is also provided.
for more infos on activities in Port Hardy go to http://www.porthardy.travel/
important and useful websites with companies we work together:
1. IslandLinkBus www.islandlinkbus.com
2.North Island DayTrippers email@example.com
3.Cape Scott Water Taxi firstname.lastname@example.org