There are great bear watching tours leaving from the north island to watch grizzly and black bears. Knight Inlet is one of the prime areas for grizzly bears while black bears can be seens almost everywhere. A favourite spot to watch black bears is the Broughton Archipelago.
There is no doubt, whales are the tourist attraction #1. Johnstone Strait is known to be one of the best spots worldwide to watch orcas, while the coast around the Broughton Archipelago offers excellent humpback whale watching. There are also minke whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife to watch.
Northern Vancouver Island is a mecca for bird watching with a large variety of bird species both resident and migratory such as Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, Great Horned Owls, Red-Tailed Hawkes, just to name a few.
Northern Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of caves in Canada. Guided caving tours are available for varying degrees of difficulty, from beginners to advanced.
Discover the remote and beautiful wilderness areas of Northern Vancouver Island by hiking some of the many trails in the area.
By driving a short distance on some of the back roads you will come across some stunning lakes, which are easily accessed by vehicle, and perfect for launching a canoe.
The Port McNeill Heritage Museum
Preserving the history of Port McNeill and the surrounding area, the Port McNeill Heritage Museum is situated in Shelley Crescent.
Northern Vancouver Island offers some great biking trails and is a great way to explore this beautiful region!
U'Mista Cultural Society
The U'Mista Cultural Society is situated in Alert Bay and houses historical First Nations artifacts.
Artists and Galleries:
Northern Vancouver Island has produced some world-class famous artists who have gleaned their inspiration from their beautiful and inspirational surroundings. A visit to various artists' galleries or showrooms is a must during your stay in Port McNeill.
Whales and Dolphins - Information and Photos
A large selection of outstanding whale and dolphin photography.
From Queen Charlotte Strait to Johnstone Strait, the waters surrounding Port McNeill are some of the best in the world to experience sights of Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, dolphins, and many other marine mammals. While black bears are common on Vancouver Island, day trips to the mainland bring you to grizzly bear territory. Whatever your preference or where-ever you choose to go, there is an abundance of wildlife in this region.
Vancouver Island Photo Tours
Small group tours, up to 4 guests, watch grizzly bears, whales, sea otters and other wildlife with 30+ year pro photographer Rolf Hicker. Tours are also ideal for families. No need to be a photographer.
Mackay Whale Watching
Whale watching tours departing from Port McNeill.
Photography Workshops - Rolf Hicker
Northern Vancouver Island is a photography paradise - join local photographer Rolf Hicker on a photography tour.
Fully outfitted and guided sea kayaking tour of Northern Vancouver Island.
As well as superb wilderness scenery, Northern Vancouver Island is also known for its legendary fishing in the many surrounding rivers and inlets. To get the edge on the fish, there are fishing charters and guides available who can take you to the best fishing locations in the area.
Attractions and Ideas for Northern Vancouver Island
The coastal community of Port McNeill and Northern Vancouver Island both offer an abundance of activities.
Port McNeill is one of Vancouver Island's 'best kept' secrets and is the gateway to the Broughton Archipelago, a nest of maze-like islands grouped together creating inlets, coves, and bays. Port McNeill and Northern Vancouver Island offer an abundance of adventure and leisure activities to suit a variety of tastes. Ask our helpful staff for information for activities and tour options.