Canoeing - Vancouver Island North - Further Ashore
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Go Further Ashore on Vancouver Island North

Off the boat, you’ll find pristine lakes and rivers, lush forests, rocky mountain ranges, and sandy shores encompassed by tidal waters that provide nourishment and protection, giving Vancouver Island North an incredible ecosystem. Experience a hugely diverse selection of flora and fauna, lands and waters, and the ability to enjoy your passion, your way. Traverse the land – an underground network of caves, kilometres of trails, rocky shores and sandy beaches.

Dine, Sip & Shop

If you’re not up for catching and cooking dinner, come ashore to try one of the local favourites – a pizza and pint from Devil’s Bath Brewing or a delicious burger or wrap from McWilkies. For those cozy mornings when you need a warm up, pop into Foggy Mountain Coffee Co. or Mugz 2.0 for a warm cup of coffee paired with a tasty pastry or baked good.

While you’re grabbing a bite, pop in for some locally made treasures at the West Coast Community Craft Shop and Port Hardy Museum Gift Shop. If you’re still hungry, you can pick up locally smoked salmon and 100-mile-diet chocolate.

Art & Museums

The thriving arts are visible everywhere. Download the Vancouver Island North Tourism’s Art Tour Map to guide you to talented artisan studios. Check out art from the Kwakwaka’wakw region and other First Nations, gorgeous stained glass, unique live edge wood carvings – and that is just a snippet of the skilled artisans.

Learn about the 5 varieties of salmon that swim alongside you at The Quatse Salmon Centre, and learn about local settler and First Nations history in Port Hardy. Have a whale of a time at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove. Or, dock your boat in quaint Sointula to learn about the 121-year history of the Finnish settlement.