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Be a Hometown Tourist – Happy May Long Weekend

 

Be a hometown tourist with Samantha this May long weekend.

May long weekend is finally here! While some of us may have had plans to travel, current travel restrictions are keeping us closer to home. This can be the perfect time to have a “staycation”!

Here are just a few of the amazing adventures you can have right in your own backyard.

For more inspiration go to the Visit Port Hardy website

Try a luxury hotel or a cozy cabin getaway

Why not book at a local hotel or resort? Ecoscape Cabins and Bear Cove Cottages are modern and cozy with great views. Enjoy barbequing for dinner, relax by the fire pit in the evening or take a stroll down to the beach and see if you can spy some of the local wildlife. You could also stay a night at the Kwa’lilas Hotel and enjoy a fabulous meal and a beautiful room. You may only be a short way from home, but a simple change of scenery can make a world of difference.

Have a new adventure outdoors

Get out and find an activity you have never done before. Try a different bike route, find a viewpoint or explore a new walking trail. The Fort Rupert trail is a point-to-point trail with gravel and boardwalk throughout, unique trees and a beautiful little lake to stop for a break or have an afternoon picnic. For information on local walks and hikes click here

Don’t forget the beaches!

Port Hardy is home to many great beaches and we get some gorgeous sunsets.  Grab some hotdogs and marshmallows and head out with the fam for an evening beach fire!  Storey’s beach is beautiful and sandy and goes on forever when the tide is out.  Maybe you will get lucky and find a moon snail shell. Airport Beach has great views of some mainland glacial mountains and a tire swing for the kids to play.  Hang out after dark for some star gazing.  This time of year, if you look up you can spot the Pisces and Capricorn constellations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Take to the skies with Wilderness Seaplanes!

  • ask about their local resident discount!

There is no better way to see the British Columbia coast than by floatplane! Get a group of 4 together and you can board the iconic bush plane of Canada, the DeHavilland Beaver, and enjoy viewing a wide variety of locations from the immediate local area around Port Hardy to the glaciers of Knights Inlet and the beaches of the Hakai area. Their knowledgeable staff can help you create the trip of a lifetime- anywhere, anytime.

Wilderness Seaplanes Website

 

These are just a few of the amazing adventures you can have right here.  For more inspiration go to the Visit Port Hardy website

So get out and rekindle your love for our hometown. Trust us, there is always something new to explore. Have a great weekend and stay safe!

 

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.