By: KWA’LILAS HOTEL
Port Hardy, located on the tip of North Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a beautiful destination with stunning natural scenery and plenty of outdoor activities. However, sometimes the weather can be a bit unpredictable, and you may find yourself stuck indoors on a rainy day. Don’t worry! Here are 5 rainy-day activities you could do in Port Hardy.
Explore the rich history and culture of Port Hardy by visiting the Port Hardy Museum & Archives. This coastal town owes its growth and development to industries such as fishing, logging, and mining, and the museum showcases permanent exhibits that highlight important artifacts and historical pieces that played a significant role in the town’s establishment. The museum also houses a collection of First Nations artifacts and artwork, which serves as a testament to the enduring cultural traditions of the neighbouring First Nations communities in Port Hardy and the surrounding areas. Some of these artifacts date back thousands of years, providing a fascinating glimpse into the ancient past of the region.
2. Read a Book, Shop, or Grab Coffee at Guido’s Cafe
Located on Market St. This is a one-stop shop for the whole family, The menu offers a wide selection of breakfast and lunch options, including homemade soups, sandwiches, and salads. Their coffee selection is enough for any coffee connoisseur, with a variety of specialty blends and brewing methods there is plenty to pick from. Head upstairs and find yourself in Drift, a boutique clothing store offering high-quality and in-season fashion. You can also shop from a selection of prints and art from local artists, photographers, and artisans. Head on downstairs to The Book Nook and browse a selection of books and novelties – perfect for a rainy day read!
Port Hardy is home to a thriving arts community, and we have several galleries and studios worth visiting on a rainy day. Our very own Kwa’lilas Hotel has a variety of local indigenous-inspired art – the copper art wall is filled with hours worth of detail, history, and stories. Check out Singing heART Studio on Market St. – Singing heART Studios is an Arts Studio, Gallery & Boutique inclusive of a local and Canadian Artisan Collective, selling Fibre Art, Glass Art, Photography, Mixed Media, Jewelry, Textile Art, artistic and creative gifts. Or if you’re feeling crafty, pick up some art supplies to keep busy at home.
The Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre is an educational centre that focuses on the lifecycle of salmon and their importance to the local ecosystem. The centre features interactive exhibits, aquariums, and a hatchery, and is a great place to learn about the natural history of the area. It’s a fun and educational way to keep the family entertained on a rainy day. From July – September you can get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore behind the scenes and get a hands-on experience with Salmon.
If you are visiting or from the North Island then you know it rains a lot, if you’re up for a rainy day adventure and don’t mind getting wet, then we suggest heading out to Thomas Point or Storey’s Beach to enjoy a day of storm-watching. The waves crashing along the rocky shoreline is an epic sight to see, be sure to bring your camera and coat!
While the weather may not always be ideal, there are plenty of things to do in Port Hardy on a rainy day. From exploring the local museums and art galleries to getting out and supporting small-owned businesses, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So don’t let a little rain dampen your spirits – get out there and explore all that Port Hardy has to offer!
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