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The following map will assist in locating 12 wildlife viewing sites in the northern Vancouver Island area, including Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Alert Bay, Telegraph Cove and Sayward. These sites are featured in the Visit Our Wildlife in Port Hardy - Northern Vancouver Island brochure. There is a series of Visit Our Wildlife brochures.

For wildlife viewing highlights and detailed directions to each site:

Detailed Location Map   (click here for a map showing the location of the above 12 viewing sites)
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General Information
    The community of Port Hardy is on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, about 3 hours drive north from Campbell River. Throughout this portion of the island, freshwater rivers, marshes, forests, ocean beaches and estuaries are easily accessed by visitors. These habitats are the seasonal or year-round home of wildlife and fish populations.

    In this brochure is information for 12 sites where you may visit our wildlife. These areas are recognized by British Columbia Wildlife Watch, the provincial wildlife viewing program, as sites offering good viewing and educational opportunities.

    In addition to Port Hardy, the Northern Vancouver Island area includes the communities of Port McNeill, Port Alice, Sointula, Alert Bay, Woss, Telegraph Cove and Sayward. This area is reached by road from Campbell River or by ferry from Price Rupert.

Tourism Information

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    Port Hardy and District Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 249, Port Hardy, B.C. Canada V0N 2P0
    phone: (250) 949-7622
    fax: (250) 949-6653


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    Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce
    Box 129, Port McNeill, B.C. Canada V0N 2R0
    phone: (250) 956-3131
    fax: (250) 956-3132


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    Vancouver Island North Visitors Association
    P.O. Box 1755, Port McNeill, B.C. Canada V0N 2R0
    phone: (250) 949-9094 or (800) 903-6660
    fax: (250) 949-9094

Wildlife Are Everywhere

    While opportunities to observe or to learn about wildlife and fish populations are highlighted at 12 sites, remember, wildlife are everywhere. Visit these sites to develop your observation skills. Once you do, you will see, hear and find evidence of creatures everywhere you go.

    When visiting these areas please remember that you are visiting wild creatures in their home. Leave their homes clean, and keep your pets under control on a leash at all times.

    Some animals are only present for short periods of time, so it is best to plan your visit when they are at home.

Marine Environments

    Salt water habitats provide excellent opportunities to view birds and sea mammals. Seals and diving waterbirds are commonly viewed from shore. Small rock islands and open water areas are also visited by sea-lions and by bird species such as guillemots, cormorants and murrelets.