North Coast Trail Backpackers Hostel - Port Hardy

#101- 8635 Granville Street, Port Hardy | BC, Canada V0N 2P0
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Hike to the crash site of the Dakota 576 which crashed in 1944 during the war. The memorial states it overshot the runway at Port Hardy and ran out of fuel crashing just North of Bear Cove across the bay from Port Hardy, killing two of the three crewmen. This is now a National Heritage Site.


Time: About a 30-40 min hike.


How to get there: Park at the rest area just before the B.C. Ferries terminal. About 50 meters down the road on the right is a narrow logging road heading up the hill. It is paved to the top of the hill and has a barricade at the gate.
The road follows the South side of a narrow valley then doubles back on the other side. About 150 meters up this road is a stump with survey tape around it.


About The Trail: The trail is very crude but has survey tape marking the route. There are a few steep slopes and many wet stretches but this part of the trail is only about 500 meters long.

This is more of a route to a site than a hiking trail but at the top of the hill is a good view of Port Hardy.

This trail can be muddy and is best on dry days.