Here at the Hollow, there are few things we enjoy more than tossing a Canon in the back of the Volt and seeing how far we can get on battery power.  We sometimes embarrassingly find ourselves “high-fiving” at a passing gas station, but for the sake of leaving “range” issues in the rear view mirror we have to sometimes endure the pointed stares and crooked smiles of others relying on dinosaur bones to get them to their destinations.  Nevertheless, this day we remained focused and undeterred as we shielded our reddened faces with baseball caps.  Our mission…to literally find the end of the road.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

After a long, meandering drive through quaint little towns and lush BC rainforest, we finally came to this sign.  We wondered how great must a place be if it welcomes you with three bears?  And so we ventured on, until we were met by this…

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

The end of the road.  Literally.  Here, a decision is required.  Left or right?  We decided our best choice was to park.  Welcome to Port Hardy, the northern-most point of Vancouver Island without a serious hike through the woods.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Of course, the first thing we expected to find as we began to explore was a giant carrot.  Wait a minute, what?  Okay, so the last thing we expected to find as we began to explore was a giant carrot.  But there it was, nonetheless.  In fact, this beautiful seaside park, complete with a truly exquisite totem pole, is named Carrot Park (for obvious reasons).  It is meant to represent the tireless efforts of the community in getting the highway extended north to Port Hardy, accessible previously only by boat or dirt roads.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy quickly found its rightful place in my heart.  This charming little coastal town offers some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere.  Hilly streets lined with unique shops empty on to rocky beaches and long piers.  The local museum, one of my favourite stops, reveals a rich history of First Nation people who have thrived on this land for thousands of years, and the perils of trying to establish a settlement in this sometimes unforgiving environment.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy is the eco-tourist’s Disneyland, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  Visit grizzly bears, go whale watching, set adrift on a kayak, go scuba diving and meet the marine life, or relax and go fishing, no boat required!

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

And you just can’t beat the locals!  We had no sooner checked in when we got to meet the neighbours.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

No matter how long I live here, I will never get used to seeing eagles.  They always manage to take my breath away with their unparalleled strength and beauty.

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

We literally had a bird’s eye view of the birds!

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

There are other fabulous places to discover nearby like Port McNeill, where you can get a ferry to surrounding islands and experience things that only exist here.  Though it may be the end of the road, there’s plenty that lay beyond!

Port Hardy - Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Port Hardy – Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

While it is true that Port Hardy is the northermost town on the island, further north of here is Cape Scott, accessible by foot if you have feet that love to walk for a very long time.  The history of this place is amazing, you can check it out for yourself with much less effort here.  Mr. Toad has been chomping at the bit for years to see the old Danish settlement, so if anyone has a boat that can float two nosey toads, please give us a call!




  1. avatar Diane says:

    Another place here on the Island I’ll have to visit. This sounds like the kind of place I love to explore and wander.