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3 nights in Port Hardy

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3 nights in Port Hardy

We rented a cabin for 3 nights in Port Hardy. We are two adults and a 19 year old from California. We will be arriving from Horshoe Bay on August 6 and leaving August 9. We would like some tips about activities during those days We are thinking of leaving via Victoria and the ferry to Washington but are open to suggestions. We spent almost a week in Victoria about a year ago so we are more interested in exploring activities for the northern part of the island. Any suggestions? Any thoughts about returning via the ferry to Washington? Any recommended places to stay in Horshoe Bay-we will be there 1 night before barding for an early morning ferry ride.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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1. Re: 3 nights in Port Hardy

Try and get in touch with Larry 'The Bear Man' for an interesting, informative walk in the wild and a bear hunt. We were captivated by Larry's narrative and what he doesn't know about bears is not worth knowing. We had a wonderful evening with him in June, when we were lucky enough to see over 18 bears.We booked through The Orange Tabby Guest House where we were staying. Incidentally the best breakfast in British Columbia. Wonderful accommodation in a wonderful spot.

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2. Re: 3 nights in Port Hardy

Visit San Josef Bay in Cape Scott Provincial Park

…gov.bc.ca/bcparks/…

travel-vancouver-island.com/san-josef-bay-be…

Whale watching out of nearby Port McNeil.

http://www.whaletime.com/

Rent a powerboat and go for a spin http://www.hardybayfishing.com/

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I was going to suggest Cape Scott too. The trail right out to the light house is about 50 Km return, so its an overnight trip. I've heard wonderful things about San Josef Bay, which is only a few minutes from the trailhead, but we've always been too muddy and tired to make the extra trip by the time we returned from the northern beaches.

We've stopped in for a bite to eat at the Scarlett Ibis in Hagensburg. Red shag carpeting over the floor and up the walls! What a hoot. (Unless they have redecorated since we were last there.)

MaryCath - you are aware that from Nanaimo to Port Hardy is about a 5 hour drive, right? Add the 2 -3 hours to get on and off the ferry and across the Straits and that's a full day! And then you are looking at about a 7 hour drive from Port Hardy back down to Victoria.

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4. Re: 3 nights in Port Hardy

Firstly, there is only one motel to stay directly in Horseshoe bay.

Horseshoe Bay Motel

6588 Royal Avenue

West Vancouver, BC

V7W 2B6

Ph: (604) 921-7454

Your arrival into Departure Bay (Nanaimo) is still about 4-4.5 hours south of Port Hardy. If you are planning to leave on the 9th, your trip from Port Hardy to Victoria is approx 6 hours. Black Ball ferries (http://www.cohoferry.com/) is the ferry that takes you back to Port Angeles. Depending on the schedule you may have to leave a day early leaving you only a day and a half in Hardy. Previous posts recommend Lawrence Woodall as a scenic guide and I agree, he has many years as a naturalist and is familiar with the bear/wildlife tours as well as local history. (Akwaro Wilderness Tours- (250)949-7262).

The most successful whale watching tours as also suggested are out of Telegraph Cove and I believe they were also posted for you. There are many fishing charters directly out of Port Hardy, and if your staying at the cabins I think you are, they have a charter service available to guests. If not, http://www.ph-chamber.bc.ca/tours.html

The perfect hiking trail for a one day trip is San Joseph Bay, approx an hour travel by car North from Port Hardy along a graded gravel road and then a 45 minute easy hike through rain forest opening on to one of the most amazing hidden beaches anywhere. Well worth the picnic lunch. The "road" is an active logging road and if you prefer not to drive book with North Coast trail transportation (northcoasttrailshuttle.com/Cape.Scott.North.…) as the parking lot for both trails is at the same place.

There are a few places to eat in Port Hardy, Alexandro's is a seasonal family dining located in the Port Hardy Inn, both the Quarterdeck Inn and Glenn Lyonn Inn have pubs attached to them. Also The Sporty Bar & Grill (www.thesporty.com) is the newest place in town and offers alot of local seafood, both family dining and pub setting.

There are alot of people who post there is nothing to do on the North Island, dont expect Costco, McDonalds or multi-plex theatres, but if your interested in the great outdoors... three days will not be enough, enjoy!

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5. Re: 3 nights in Port Hardy

There was a post a few days ago called "Things to do on the North Island" (or similar to that. It had lots of info you could check out.

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