ARTS & CULTURE
The vibrant arts and culture found in Port Hardy is an integral part of this west coast community. As soon as you enter the town, you’re greeted by world famous chainsaw carvings, also found at various locations around Port Hardy. Created by a former resident of Port Hardy, these attractions can be seen at many places including Carrot Park, the Public Library, the Highway 19 and Hardy Bay Road junction, and the Highway 19 and Bear Cove Highway junction.
In July, Communities in Bloom, a volunteer group which facilitates the beautification of Canadian communities, hosts a Garden Tour through selected gardens in Port Hardy. Visitors tour the gardens, occupied by artists capturing the beauty of the area, and a tea in the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to see works of art on canvas and growing in the soil.
In the spring, there is a Spring Art Display in Coal Harbour. This exciting event features local artists using an old school as their gallery and workshop. They exhibit their pieces and show guests their skills and techniques.
Port Hardy is also known for its expansive murals. Created by local painters, carvers and First Nations artists, the murals are displayed across buildings and are also central features of many buildings’ interiors. The intricate murals can be found at various local businesses throughout Port Hardy.
While large scale works of art may not fit in your suitcase, local artists exhibit and sell their wares at several craft shops, galleries and gift shops in and around Port Hardy. These shops give visitors the opportunity to take back exquisite native treasures and local art pieces. Open studios also allow visitors to view artists at work. Whether you enjoy hand-carved woodwork and silver, or pottery and painting, Port Hardy is a diverse artistic community with something for everyone.