The Hidden Gems of Port Hardy

In any town there are little gems that can be found throughout the town. The gems that someone might miss by just dropping through Port Hardy. As a local I’m here to tell you what I would consider a hidden gem while growing up in Port Hardy.

North Island Lanes

Credit to Jin Kim

Yes, Port Hardy has a bowling alley. I always loved going there as a child and even now it’s a nice place to be. With such a lovely staff it’s a joy to stop in and have some family fun. They’re located at 7210 Market St, one of the busiest streets in town but I feel they often get overlooked, so a gem.

Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

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Another place that I loved to explore as a kid was the Quatse Salmon Stewarship Centre. With it’s inviting staff and awesome fish tanks it was a must see for most school trips. Since it is a little out of town located on 8400 Byng Rd, a lot of visitors do not see it and just pass by it. Visitors experience how millions of salmon hatch from delicate orange eggs and grow strong enough to embark on an incredible journey out to the open ocean and beyond!

Market Street Cafe

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At a young age I always loved the baking from the Market Street Cafe. It has a lot of room for sitting and enjoying your breakfast. Sometimes I feel that it gets over looked since its on the corner of Market St. and Gray St. It has a nice classic vibe to it with some nice friendly locals to bring a smile to your face.

Cove Adventure Tours

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Cove Adventure Tours is an amazing company. A lot of visitors come in and ask to go to San Josef Bay but they don’t realize it’s an active gravel logging road. Cove Adventure Tours gets you safely to San Josef Bay and they spend the day with you! It’s a good day trip that you’ll remember for a life time.

Kimberly Kufaas Photography

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Credit to Kimberly Kufaas

Now this isn’t a place you can go but what’s better than a memory of an amazing trip? A photo! Kimberly has a breathtaking skill when it comes to photography. Being born and raised in Port Hardy you can find a bunch of amazing photos of Port Hardy by her online!


These are just a few places that I would define as hidden gems but there are so many more! Stop into the Port Hardy Visitors Centre to plan you next trip around Port Hardy and find out more!

VanIsle360 was a hit!

The Van Isle 360 is a biennial (odd year), 580 nm. point to point race circumnavigating wild and rugged Vancouver Island, B.C. Sailed in a series of legs the course provides inshore, offshore and overnight legs through some of the most stunning and challenging waters on the planet. With the 20th year we had the pleasure of hosting the VanIsle360 on June 5th, 2019.

It was beautiful to see all the ships come in and out of our little Hardy Bay.

The day started off with moving all these chairs, tables, and tents down to carrot park! Thanks Alex, Bob, Sandra, Elizabeth, and Laura!

As the event started, Cody Woelfle with his guitar played beautifully to welcome all the VanIsle360 participants to our quaint little town.

Photo by the North Island Gazette.

After which David Knox performed a traditional welcome.

After the awards, the reverend said a few final words till we wished the sailors off!

Photo by the North Island Gazette

We had an amazing turnout with more than 300 people!