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

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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!

Port Hardy adventures for kids of all ages!

Good news! We are sailing through BC’s restart plan to bring us back together, just in time for summer! Whether you are a local or a fellow islander here for a visit, Port Hardy has many great activities to do with the family.

 

Here are some suggestions from Visit Port Hardy team member Samantha!

Grab a fishing pole and head to the Rotary family fishing park located off the Seagate Pier. There is a viewing hole to cast off in or watch the fish swim by. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch some dinner! Or just sit, relax and enjoy the view.

 

Take a leisurely walk along the Quatse River loop and estuary trail. Painted rocks hidden by artsy locals can be found throughout and are fun for the kids to spy along your walk. Sights of nesting bald eagles, kingfishers and great blue herons are not uncommon.

 

 

 

Don’t feel like cooking? Head down to Macy’s Place, located across from the Visitor Centre. Grab a burger to go or dine out on their picnic patio. Their fish tacos are delicious! When your done you can walk along the seawall, enjoy views across the Queen Charlotte Strait and read stories telling you some of the history of the area.

 

 

 

 

 

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