What to Do If You Have Half a Day In Port Hardy

What to do if you have a half day in Port Hardy! 


The Walk along the Port Hardy Seawall is only a 10-15min walk  

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the seawall, from the waterfront park areas and out to the pier. Wildlife interpretive signage is posed along the seawall 

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

Just up the street a block and a half from the Visitor Centre on the same side you can grab a specialty latte (or regular coffee if you don’t like the fancy stuff). You can explore the book nook downstairs and the west coast community craft shop upstairs. Featuring writings of local authors and arts, crafts and makings of local artisans. Immerse yourself in a welcoming west coast atmosphere. 

Next Stop 2 blocks up from the Visitor Centre and on the right hand of the street is the  

Port Hardy Museum (250) 949-8143 

There you can explore the history of Port Hardy. 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. 

After the museum the next stop is Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish Inc. 1-877-949-8781 

Enjoy high quality delicious candied salmon. Smoked to perfection, try the legendary five flavors. Hardy Buoys where they put delish in fish, or grab some live crab and have a seafood feast. 

How to get there: From the Island Highway Turn onto Cougar Road; Turn onto Trustee Road. 

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

Credit to Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre

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

Credit to Trip Advisor

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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Credit to Trip Advisor

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!