Premier Listings for Port McNeill

The town of Port McNeill is a thriving community on the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. Established in 1937, Port McNeill was named after William McNeill, a Boston-born explorer for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

As well as being the centre of North Island logging operations, the town’s sheltered harbour is also a launching point for sportsfishing enthusiasts who test their skills in the maze of waterways between Vancouver Island and the mainland.

Population: 2,623

Location: Port McNeill is located on the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island. The top half of 280-mile-long Vancouver Island is served by a maze of logging roads and Highway 19 (north Island Hwy), which links Campbell River with Port McNeill and Port Hardy, the southern terminus of BC Ferries’ Inside Passage and Discovery Coast routes. Port Hardy is the closest commercial Airport providing flights to Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo and many coastal communities.

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 Discovery 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.

Mt. 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.

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Bluewater Adventures
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Explore BC and Southeast Alaska with Bluewater Adventures aboard our 70′ yachts sailing the BC Inside Passage, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Gwaii Haanas National Park, the Great Bear Rainforest, and Vancouver Island. You’ll see whales, Grizzly, Black and Kermode bears, and experience ancient native villages and Haida culture, primeval forests, wilderness, and amazing coastal wildlife.

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Ocean Light II Adventures
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Ocean Light II is a beautiful and spacious 71ft sailboat offering comfort, a classic natural wood interior, 5 guest cabins, fishing gear, 7 seakayaks, and a 19ft hard-bottom inflatable. 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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Sea Kayak in comfort based from our ocean-side, or float-house accommodations in the wilderness of the Broughton Archipelago, a kayak paradise. Enjoy sumptuous catered meals, or cook for yourself. Guided kayak tours, lessons and rentals are available, as well as charter boat tours and kayak transport. We also offer Acupressure massage on-site. Surround yourself with ocean, beaches, trails, an inland lake, and quiet beauty.

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ROYAL LEPAGE Advance Realty Campbell River 972 Shoppers Row Campbell River BC V9W 2C5 Home Phone: 250-286-3293Work Fax: 250-286-1932Work Phone: 1-888-286-1932Cell Phone: 1-250-287-0011 Ed CellCell Phone: 1-250-830-4435 Shelley CellVisit Website

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Hidden Cove Lodge
Lewis Point P.O. Box 258 Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-3916Home Fax: 250-956-3916Visit Website

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A west coast cedar lodge on northern Vancouver Island, 20 minutes from the boardwalk Village of Telegraph Cove, with 8 fully accommodated rooms, a licensed dining room, and 2 self-contained ocean view cottages for those seeking complete privacy. Kayak to Robson Bight to view killer whales, or watch black bear, deer and river otter from our patio.

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Kayaking tours from Vancouver Island, British Columbia with Go With The Flow Adventures. Choose from three unique luxury kayaking tours that offer the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure: Luxury Base Camp Kayak Tour; Broughton Archipelago Wildlife Kayaking Tour; and our Luxury Lodge to Lodge Kayaking Tour. We include gourmet meals with wine, cozy cabin accommodation, hot showers, wood-fired cedar hot tub, kayaking equipment, instruction and guiding. No experience necessary.

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Box 483 Alert Bay BC V0N 1A0 Home Phone: 250-974-5225Work Phone: 1-800-668-6722Visit Website

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Join our unique Eco ‘Sail with the Whales’ tours to view humpback whales and orcas (killer whales) near Alert Bay and Telegraph Cove in Johnstone Strait; these waters are regarded as one of the best places in Canada for whale watching. Our accommodations in the seaside village of Alert Bay are self-catering houses and suites with wonderful ocean views. They are available for daily/weekly rental.

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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.

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Ecosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Ecosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC Home Phone: 250-674-0102Home Fax: 250-674-2197Work Phone: 1-800-465-8884Visit Website

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Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale. Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest. Fill your days whale-watching, kayaking with Orcas, observing sea lions romp through an underwater forest of kelp, and eagles fishing along the shore. Linger over lunch on a deserted island, scanning the horizon for signs of Orca activity.

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Haida Way Hotel
P.O. Box 399 1817 Campbell Way Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-3373Work Fax: 250-956-4710Work Phone: 1-800-956-3373Visit Website

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Haida Way Hotel is Port McNeill’s largest and most popular accommodation and hospitality complex. Located near Port McNeill downtown, the Haida Way is within walking distance of shopping, the harbour and the ferry terminal. We have 70 cozy guestrooms and suites, free wireless internet, banquet and meeting room, and our own full-service Northern Lights Restaurant, lively pub, and liquor store. Featuring killer whale and grizzly bear watching tours, salmon and halibut fishing, and kayaking expeditions.

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Black Bear Resort & Spa
PO Box 285 1812 Campbell Way Port McNeill BC V0N 2R0 Home Phone: 250-956-4900Work Fax: 250-956-4909Work Phone: 1-866-956-4900Visit Website

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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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Tide Rip Grizzly Tours
Summer Office: Box 2-12 Telegraph Cove BC V0N 3J0 Home Phone: 250-339-5320Home Fax: 250-339-6294Work Phone: 1-888-643-9319Visit Website

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Enjoy the majesty of the coastal mountains as we explore spectacular Knight Inlet. Experience the thrill of a lifetime watching grizzly bears catch salmon. We view the grizzly bears from the safety and comfort of our big flat-bottom viewing boats. Their shallow draught gets us in close to the action. Tide Rip Grizzly Tours offers the only day trips by water taxi from Telegraph Cove to see the grizzlies in the land of the Da’Naxda’xw First Nations. Bring your camera, as black bears, bald eagles, and porpoises are everywhere!

As the snows melt, both black and grizzly bears emerge from their hibernation dens on the mountain slopes and make their way down to feed on the spring sedge grasses in the river lowlands. At low tide the grizzly bears feed along the inlet beaches, eating seaweed and turning over rocks to find crabs, barnacles and mussels. Late May to mid June is the mating season, with lots of interesting interaction. This is our favourite time of the viewing season, as the big grizzly bears chase the not-too-interested females, displacing other bears along the beach.

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