Port Hardy’s small, locally owned shops are the ideal place for tourists to find that special gift or unique memento. Native arts and craft stores and galleries line Market Street, downtown’s picturesque main street that runs alongside the bay. Within walking distance of downtown, the mall houses a handful of other unique shops and attractions.
No visit to Port Hardy is complete without a taste of fresh, locally caught seafood. Whether you prefer fish and chips or surf and turf you’ll find it in many restaurants here, some places will even cook your own catch on request, or you can purchase locally smoked salmon.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a quaint bistro overlooking the bay, or wake up early and ease into the day at a market street coffeehouse. No matter where you end up, you’ll savour views of the ocean and snow capped peaks of the Coastal Mountain Range.
Port Hardy is also known for its wonderful examples of native art.
One of the best ways to view the work of local artists is through the town’s murals. Take yourself on a tour and see murals at the Airport Inn, the Library, Hardy Buoys Smoked Fish, Malone’s Oceanside Bistro, North Island Diving & Water Sports, the Thunderbird Mall and the Seagate Motel.
For the more adventurous, Port Hardy is also renowned for its diving. God’s Pocket Provincial Marine Park just offshore is considered one of the best spots in the world for scuba diving. You’ll find every colour of the rainbow here. In nearby Browning Passage, orange nudibranchs, green anemones, red and purple sea urchins and yellow sponges blanket the massive Browning Wall, a sheer rock face descending 230 feet below the surface. The nutrient- rich waters are also home to crabs, wolf eels, and the elusive giant Pacific octopus!