The Region

Port Hardy

Port Hardy is a small community located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island with a population of about 3800. It is located at the end of Highway 19a, which stretches from one end of Vancouver Island to the other. This no doubt accounts for the town’s motto – “where the highway ends and the adventure begins.”
Trivia: Port Hardy’s twin city is Numata, Japan.

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Quatsino

Quatsino is a small hamlet of under 100 people located on Quatsino Sound in Northern Vancouver Island. The town is only accessible by boat or float plane. Its nearest neighbour is Coal Harbour, to the east, about 20 minutes away by water taxi. The largest town Port Hardy, about an hour southeast by boat and vehicle.

Eagle Manor Retreat, built in 1912 on fourteen secluded hectares in Quatsino, is a quaint all-inclusive wilderness resort offering private cabin and lodge based accommodations, salmon and halibut fishing charters, and remote weddings.

Trivia: The village is known to have one of British Columbia’s only still used public one room schoolhouses, a two story wooden building built in 1935.

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Port McNeill

Port McNeill is a town on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia with a population of about 2500 residents.

Trivia: The town was named after Captain William Henry McNeill of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Winter Harbour

Winter Harbour is a fishing village of 20 people on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, at the mouth of the Quatsino Sound. It was named in the 1800s because of its safe natural harbour.

Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour is named after a small and unsuccessful local coal mine that was founded in 1883. It was the last whaling station in North America when it closed in 1967. Then, in the 1970s, a copper mine was established which ran until 1996.

Trivia: The village is also known for its gigantic jawbone of a blue whale. At 7 metres in length, it’s the largest in the world!

Sointula

Sointula lies between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland, northeast of Port McNeill and not far from Alert Bay. It’s an isolated village on Malcolm Island with a population of roughly 800.

Trivia: The name “Sointula” means “Place of Harmony” in the Finnish language.

Alert Bay

Alert Bay is a small community with a population of about 556 on Cormorant Island, Cormorant Island is located near the North East coast of Vancouver Island and consists primarily of the village of Alert Bay.

Trivia: Alert Bay is also home to the world’s tallest Totem Pole which was raised on November 10th, 1973.

Holberg

Holberg, on northern Vancouver Island, is a small town with a population of approximately 200. Holberg was established in the early 1900′s by Danish settlers who named their new home after Baron Ludwig Holberg.