Thursday 16 April 2015

BC Coastal Gems: Port McNeill

Port McNeill sits on the NE coast of Vancouver Island, and is the gateway service centre for the Broughton Archipelago and Johnstone Strait. With a population of 2500, Port McNeill provides most services and amenities. It is also houses the headquarters for the Mt. Waddington Regional District as well as the ferry terminal for the Sointula (Malcolm Island) and Alert Bay (Cormorant Island) BC Ferries route.
Port McNeill from the air

Port McNeill is a pretty town and attracts a fair number of visitors every year, for fishing, wildlife viewing and boating excursions. It is only 26km north of Telegraph Cove, the world renowned whale watching centre.

Historically Port McNeill was a forestry hub, and to this day the largest employment source is forestry.  The town is home to the world’s largest burl.

bear on the side of the turn off to Port McNeill

From Campbell River it is about a two hour drive along Hwy 19. There is no cell service along the highway after Campbell River, although once in Port McNeill there is reception.

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