Burdwood Group Islands Broughton Archipelago Photo: Kim Walker

Port McNeill

Port McNeill is on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the gateway to the Broughton Archipelago – the centre for outdoor recreation and eco-tourism. Broughton Archipelago Provincial Marine Park, consists of a wonderful collection of dozens of undeveloped islands and islets situated at the mouth of Knight Inlet on the west side of Queen Charlotte Strait. The park offers excellent boating, kayaking and wildlife viewing opportunities. A multitude of islands provides park visitors sheltered waters and anchorages with a backdrop of the magnificent coastal mountains to the east and the waters of Queen Charlotte Strait to the west. Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park, located south of Port McNeill offers a rugged wilderness experience in a remote setting at the south end of Nimpkish Lake. The park protects old-growth coastal western hemlock forests and provides opportunities for nature appreciation, backcountry skiing and mountaineering. Sailing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking are popular in the area and the town of Port McNeill provides opportunities to enjoy local shops, galleries, marina and museum. A stroll along the scenic seawall brings you to the start of the Schoolhouse Creek Trail and a protected fish habitat.

Location

Port McNeill is 195 km (120 mi) North of Campbell River and 43 km (27 mi) south of Port Hardy. The top half of 280-mile-long Vancouver Island is served by a maze of logging roads and Hwy 19 (North Island Highway), which links Campbell River with Port McNeill and Port Hardy, the southern terminus of BC Ferries’ Inside Passage and Discovery Coast routes.

A Step Back in Time

The town of Port McNeill was established in 1936, and was named after William McNeill, a Boston-born explorer for the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was the first town to be incorporated under the new Canadian Constitution on February 18, 1966.

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Port McNeill Tourism

Port McNeill & Nearby Accommodations

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Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

Alder Bay RV Park & Marina

Port McNeill

Relax and enjoy the fabulous North Island scenery. Experience spectacular sunsets, watch eagles soar and whales swim by your doorstep. Salmon fishing and bottom fishing are minutes away – the ideal location for the ideal holiday. Stroll the boardwalk in nearby Telegraph Cove or visit historic Aler ... Read more
Telegraph Cove Resort Forest  Campground

Telegraph Cove Resort Forest Campground

Telegraph Cove

Home to one of the last boardwalk settlements on Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove Resort & Campground rests on the eastern coast of Northern Vancouver Island. Located in the picturesque village of Telegraph Cove, guests are spoiled with historic colourful buildings, breathtaking ocean views and a sp ... Read more
Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Telegraph Cove Marina & RV Park

Telegraph Cove

Location, Location! Nestled on the shores of Johnstone Strait with water access to the Broughton Archipelago protected marine park. Our 48 site RV Park features stunning ocean and cove views. All sites have 30 amp power, potable water and sewer hook ups. Our adjacent 70 slip marina features wide, st ... Read more
Port Hardy RV Resort

Port Hardy RV Resort

Port Hardy

Visiting beautiful Port Hardy? Have Port Hardy RV Resort as your base for exploring the surrounding areas. We offer clean and comfortable accommodations, including log cabins and RV and camping sites. Catch sight of eagles soaring in the sky and other wildlife roaming in the wilderness. Our selectio ... Read more
Quatse River Regional Park & Campground

Quatse River Regional Park & Campground

Port Hardy

Quatse River Regional Park & Campground is on the banks of the Quatse River near downtown Port Hardy. It is part of a richly forested Regional Park containing old growth trees and the associated wild flora and fauna. Revenue generated in the campground goes directly into salmon enhancement activitie ... Read more
Fair Harbour Marina & Campground

Fair Harbour Marina & Campground

Zeballos

Fair Harbour is the gateway to Kyuquot Sound. The area is renowned for kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing and camping. Fair Harbour is the perfect place to stage your remote west coast adventure from. ... Read more
Mt H'Kusam View Lodge

Mt H'Kusam View Lodge

Sayward

Mt H’Kusam View Lodge is an affordable retreat combining the flavour of a hostel with the warmth of a wilderness lodge. Situated in the forest outside Sayward, our lodge is the ideal destination for guests wanting to escape city life. After a day of adventuring our beautiful location, relax by the ... Read more
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