North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostel - Port Hardy

#101- 8635 Granville Street, Port Hardy | BC, Canada V0N 2P0
Toll free 1-866-448-6303 or Local 250-949-9441

Day Tour #1 – Whale Watching
Whale watching is the #1 top-rated activity on Vancouver Island for visitors between April – October annually. Make whale watching a part of your Port Hardy experience. Expect to see some resident Orca whales, Humpback whales and Minke Whales in this area. Other Wildlife commonly seen on Whale watching tours include Harbour Seals, Steller Sea-lions, Pacific White sided Dolphins, Dall's Porpoises, and a variety of sea birds.

Whale Watching trips can be accessed from:
Port McNeil with MacKay's Whale Watching
Telegraph Cove with Stubbs Island Whale Watching
Wildlife tours available from Port Hardy with K'awat'si Tours

Day Tour #2 - Local Hikes
Port Hardy and the surrounding area abounds with wonderful hiking spots. 

  • Trek along the challenging Tex Lion trail with beautiful views, steep sections with ropes, and pocket beaches. 
  • Hike to the local WWII plane crash site with views of the town and Port Hardy bay. 
  • Spend a day hiking on the Marble River trail and swim in the river. 
  • Take a trip to Cape Scott Park on the West Coast and hike part of the North Coast Trail. Transportation available via Cape Scott Water taxi and Shuttle 
  • Take a trip to San Josef Bay on the West Coast. Tours available with cove adventure tours
  • Walk the beach near the Port Hardy Airport to the mouth of the Keough river to the local Black Bear fishing hole.
                         These are just some of the many hikes available in and around the Port Hardy area.

Day Tour #3 – Visit Sointula or Alert Bay on the Northern Gulf Islands

Both towns are located on two nearby islands. They can be reached via a Small Ferry leaving from Port McNeil. Experience a seaside village, remote beaches, local artisans, and meet the locals. 

  • Alert Bay is located on Cormorant Island, home to the 'Namgis peoples and an aboriginal cultural destination with a world renowned museum. steeped in history, natural beauty, and tradition. 
  • Sointula is on Malcolm Island, originally a Finnish settlement. The island can easily be explored by bike and has beautiful sandy and rocky beaches, one of which is a whale rubbing beach.


Please ask our friendly staff for further details on any of our day trips.