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Spring on Northern Vancouver Island: Things to Do & Places to Go



Welcome to Port Hardy, BC, and the North Island! As the seasons change, so does the magic of our coastal paradise. Here are some delightful springtime activities and destinations to add to your itinerary this Spring 🌻:

1. Carrot Park

Relax amidst a kaleidoscope of wildflowers carpeting the grass, as nature comes alive in this unexpectedly tranquil coastal haven. Let the crisp sea breeze and the sweet aroma of blossoms invigorate your senses while relishing a delightful meal from Macy’s Place at a picnic table or a bench by the water.

2. Bird Watching

Embark on an avian adventure in Port Hardy, renowned as a sanctuary for bird enthusiasts across Vancouver Island. With its pristine watersheds nurturing a myriad of migratory species, every moment here is a symphony of chirps and wings. Don’t miss the Quatse River Estuary viewing platform or the picturesque Fort Rupert Trail near Storey’s Beach. The BC Bird Trail is a great resource and has tons of information about bird-watching on the North Island. 

3. Try Local Indigenous Cuisine

The culinary journey at Kwa’lilas Hotel celebrates the vibrant flavours of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nations. Savour the tastes of Indigenous-inspired cuisine at one or both of the hotel’s dining spots: Ha’me’ Restaurant and Nax’id’ Pub. From bannock tacos to classic burgers to seared p’o’yi (halibut) and k’utala (salmon), these dishes offer an explosion of taste across your tongue that’s not only delicious but is also part of a legacy steeped in tradition. Ha’me’ Restaurant will be re-opening in June 2024! Stay tuned via our Instagram and Facebook for updates on exact dates and more information.

4. Holberg

Discover the hidden treasure of Ronnings Garden, a botanical marvel nestled deep within the rainforest. Crafted over a century ago by the visionary Bernt Ronning, this sanctuary amidst the wilderness is a testament to nature’s resilience. Traverse the rugged logging roads to uncover this verdant oasis adorned with daffodils, bluebells, and rhododendrons, lovingly tended to by a team of volunteers.

5. Hiking

Immerse yourself in the ancient rainforests, conquer majestic peaks, or wander along coastal paths adorned with the promise of migrating whales. With the gentle embrace of Spring, Vancouver Island north beckons adventure to tread its scenic trails. Lace up your boots and embark on an unforgettable journey, perhaps exploring trails like Fort Rupert Trail, Quatse River Loop, Commuter Trail, North Coast Trail, San Josef Bay & Cape Scott, Tex Lyon Trail, Dakota 576 Crash Site Trail.

6. Killer Whale Café

Indulge in culinary delights at the iconic Killer Whale Café in Telegraph Cove, a seasonal gem open from Mother’s Day to mid-October. Nestled at the edge of the boardwalk, it offers not just a meal but an experience — a tranquil rendezvous with nature as you dine amidst the serenity of the harbour. 

As nature awakens with boundless energy, seize the moment to delve into the wonders of Northern Vancouver Island. Embrace the vibrant tapestry of spring and let your adventure unfold amidst the abundance of coastal splendour. Your journey awaits! 

If you want to learn more about all the North Island has to offer—including K’awat’si Tours and other Indigenous Tourism— make sure you check out Vancouver Island North Tourism

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