Port McNeill, British Columbia

Attractions of and around Port McNeill

Experience the exhilaration of a dolphin arching high into the air; a Humpback Whale Tail or the breach of a powerful adult killer whale only metres away; or the long gliding swoop of a bald eagle above you. All this and more, is right on Port McNeill's doorstep!

Yes that's right, in this wilderness community you don't have to look far to find an array of wildlife including black bears, killer whales, bald eagles, stellar' sea lions and much more.

For a real nature and wildlife experience, there is no better way to get up close and personal than by Kayak. There are several operators of kayak tours from Port McNeill, with some of the best guides on the coast of BC.


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Orcafest in Port McNeill, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Whale watching in BC, British Columbia is also a popular attraction, and the immediate waters of Port McNeill offer prime whale watching opportunities - some of the best in the world!

If an aerial view of the surrounding area is more to your liking, there are options for both helicopter flights, and a thrilling ride in the historic and highly reliable Beaver Float Air Planes.

Northern Vancouver Island is known for having the highest concentration of caves, plus the longest and deepest than anywhere else in Canada. Caving tours from Port McNeill are available to caves of varying degrees of difficulty and adventure. Transport is provided from Port McNeill to the cave sites.

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Sunset Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Visit the Orca Gallery - an exciting new attraction located in downtown Port McNeill. The fine art photography Orca Gallery features stunning images by award winning photographer Rolf Hicker. Port McNeill is a stones throw away from many unique and interesting photography locations, so you can also visit the Orca Gallery to book either a customized or pre-planned photography tour accompanied by Rolf Hicker. Next to the Orca Gallery you find another outstanding attraction showing west coast native art, Native American Art Gallery - Just Art.

A highly recommended 7km drive south of Port McNeill along the Island Highway and Nimpkish Heights Road, brings you to the gallery of internationally renowned artist, Gordon Henschel. This tastefully designed gallery displays famous paintings by Gordon and is a great way to gain an insight into the unique life on Northern Vancouver Island.

There are many options for accommodations available in Port McNeill including Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Motels, and camping - anything to meet your expectations. Outstanding options for lodging are At Waters Edge B & B, the ideal place to relax at night, take in the beautiful sea views, and reflect on the days' activities or the Black Bear Resort which offers you resort style accommodation in Port McNeill or the new The Artistspoint - luxury bed & breakfast with large guest suite. You can expect a warm, and friendly welcome from your hosts. It is recommended that you book well in advance.

The array of amenities available within a 10-15 minute walk from anywhere in Port McNeill include restaurants, grocery stores, bank, drug store and much more.

Take some time to meander through the gift stores, and Art Gallery in the main shopping centre.

Port McNeill's fully serviced Boat Harbour is open year round, and features 1676 metres (5,500 feet) of moorage, which includes 915 metres (3000 feet) for visitors, for all sizes of boats. The nearby fuel dock is easily accessible and offers supplies of diesel, gasoline, aviation fuel, stove oil, and propane, year round.

During the summer months there are various local events, but the most popular with the locals is the Orcafest. The event is held annually in August, and features an array of activities including a 10km run or 5km walk, parade, Salmon BBQ, market stalls, Crafters and Artisans, and children activities. The atmosphere is truly festive, and cheery.

For information on any attractions, photo workshops or lodging, please contact us.