What to do in Port Hardy for 2 Days

What to do if you have two days in Port Hardy! 


Day 1 


Start your day right at any one of Port Hardy fine Restaurants we have several to choose from, follow the link here to find out more https://porthardychamber.com/business-listing/?type=restaurants&sort=a-z 


The Book Nook/ Community Craft Shop (250)949-9808 

Grab a specialty latte and explore the book nook and west coast community craft shop. Featuring writings of local authors and arts, crafts and makings of local artisans. Immerse yourself in a welcoming west coast atmosphere. 


Port Hardy Museum (250) 949-8143 

Explore the history of Port Hardy at the Port Hardy Museum. In a town where the fishing, logging, and mining industries are incremental to the economy, exhibits and displays showcase artifacts about how Port Hardy began. The museum also features First Nations artifacts and artwork, testament to the cultures and traditions of the local First Nations communities. 




Stop at Copper and Kelp and grab a charcuterie board or grab a dessert snack-pack then it’s off to Storey’s Beach only a 10-15min Drive from Port Hardy  

How to get there: From Island Highway turn onto Byng Road; from bung rd turn onto Beaver Harbour Road here you will find The Copper & Kelp Conner Store, stay on this road until you see the three-baseball diamonds, you can park at one of the baseball diamonds and walk down to the beach. 

A beautiful sandy beach that goes on forever when the tide is out. A popular picnic area, there is a Rotary pavilion, picnic tables, barbecue pits and grassy fields for having fun in the sun. There is also a heated public washroom. 



After Lunch and a quick call to The Copper Maker Gallery (250)-949-8491 you can arrange a time to go visit.

The Copper Maker Gallery is the artist’s studio of Calvin Hunt, world-renowned Kwakiutl carver. His totem poles stand in galleries in Vancouver, Germany and Japan. Contact him to arrange a tour through his workshop and see the creation of great art in progress! 

How to get there: From the Island Highway turn onto Byng Road; turn onto Beaver Harbour Road; turn onto Tsak’is Way; turn onto Copper Way. 



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Beach Fire at Thomas Point  

With one of best places in town to view the coastal mountain range, Thomas Point offers a perfect setting for a beach fire. Gather with friends and family and enjoy the view, while the kids can have fun roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.  

How to get there: From the Island Highway turn onto Byng Road; Turn onto Tsak’is Way until you reach gravel road and at the end there will be parking areas.   


Day 2 


Breakfast (at a restaurant of your choice)  


Spend the day fishing with anyone of our many local Fishing Charters 

Port Hardy has a variety of guided fishing charters. Whether you are out for a half day trip or a full week of fishing, don’t miss out on an opportunity to catch a salmon or halibut of a lifetime! 

Once you have caught your limit you can take your catch up to Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish to have them process, and package it for you while you go on to the next thing to do in Port Hardy. 

Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. 1-877-949-8781 

Or if you want to get out and hike, try the Tex Lyon Trail 

The 8-hour hike through the rocky coastline, and under trees is a challenging trail but worth it in the end having a panoramic view of the Queen Charlotte Strait and Dillion Point. This trail is tidal dependent in a few spots so you will want to time this one just right. You can find a tide guide here https://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/en/stations/8408 

How to get there: From the Is-land Highway turn onto Byng Road towards the Port Hardy airport; Turn left onto beaver Harbour Road; Continue along the road, stay on the road as you go around the bend, turn right onto Chantham Ave. Follow the road to the end and park in the graveled area, the trail head and sign begins from this point. 



Your adventure awaits…with Coastal Rainforest Safaris

For your next adventure, check out the new tour company in Port Hardy.

Departing from Port Hardy you will be immediately immersed in nature, on this unforgettable wilderness experience you travel by zodiac, amongst the diverse wildlife of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. My son and I recently had the opportunity to experience this tour for ourselves and It was amazing, not only did we see numerous Humpback whales that were feeding right close to shore, we watched them for a while from a safe distance of course before we headed further up the coast , and we got to see a pair of sea otters sharing a meal of freshly caught octopus (wish my camera hadn’t died on me), Eagles galore, and we were even lucky enough to be graced with the presence of roughly 30 Northern Resident Orcas hunting salmon, it was a sight to see for sure.


Coastal Rainforest Safaris has implemented the following health and safety measures, guided by advice provided by the Provincial government, Public Health Officer, and other government agencies.

So here is what you can expect:

  • While their vessel has comfortable seating for 12 passengers, due to COVID precautions they are only allowing a maximum of eight guests per trip in 2020.
  • They sanitize bathrooms and every commonly touched surface in the office and on there vessel before and after each tour.
  • You will find hand sanitizer stations at the office and on the vessel.
  • All staff wear masks or face-coverings when maintaining a social distance of 2 metres is not possible.
  • They have installed shields at the check-in desk to protect guests and staff.
  • We recommend online bookings and card payments for gratuities.
  • Touch free credit card processing is available at the office
  • Any staff who are feeling unwell are required to stay home.
  • Any gear supplied by Coastal Rainforest Safaris is sanitized between each tour.

What they expect:

  • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, or if you have been in contact with someone showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home. They offer full refunds right up until the time of departure.
  • They ask you to inform them if you have:
    • Have you experienced a cough, fever, or other flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days?
    • Have you traveled outside of Canada  (including the United States) within the last 14 days?
    • Have you been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
    • Have you been asked to quarantine in the last 14 days?
  • You are required to wear a mask or face covering at all times on board the vessel. You can bring your own. Or they are happy to supply one.
  • Use the hand sanitizer they provide upon arrival and frequently throughout the tour.
  • Remember to social-distance as much as possible from other guests and staff.
  • Bring your own water in a reusable bottle as this item will not be available on board.