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Port McNeill Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 7 photos

Harbour in the Forest District

Port McNeill was named after "Captain William Henry McNeill of the Hudson Bay Company's SS Beaver, the first steamship on the Pacific Northwest Coast" claims the town website: www.town.portmcneill.bc.ca.

The population is between two and three thousand.

The town is located two hours north of Campbell River via Highway 19, on the Northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

Port Hardy

This is where the highway ends on Vancouver Island. It is a place to visit for kayakers, bird watchers, cyclists and hikers. Its population is about 5,000.

Port Alice

Half way between Port Hardy and Port McNeill is the highway to a pretty little village called Port Alice. Even the drive is winding and scenic as though we are being led back to a simpler time.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a friendly town
  • Cons:fair bit of rain, and cooler than in the south
  • In a nutshell:trees and ocean: emeralds and sapphire
  • Last visit to Port McNeill: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 19, 2005
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Nice tips

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Aug 29, 2006 at 7:47 AM

    A museum of bones???? Great little page on somewhere I've never heard of.

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2006 at 6:26 PM

    Brings back memories... I hiked all the way to the tip of Cape Scott back in '76 It was mud up to my knees! Holberg sure gets a lot of rain!

  • shelnlin's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2006 at 1:47 PM

    Judging on what I have seen so far, I think you would enjoy New Zealand. Thank you for a lovely visit. Richelle :-)

  • Sininen's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2006 at 10:45 PM

    Hello Janet! Happy Birthday from Finland! Your Abbotsford and Port McNeill pages have great information and good photos. Cannot say that I'd have heard of either of them before though. Haven't been to Canada yet but one day I will.

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