The misty dawn draws you from your tent and you can’t wait to embark on your hike. Through dense forests and along winding seaside paths you wend your way through old growth timber, spotting wild rabbits and deer. Look up and see the canopies of the massive cedars and pines which flourish in the area. You feel dwarfed by the grandeur of trees that have been there sincsUe before the first pioneers settled the Island.
With several world renowned trails close by, Port Hardy is quickly becoming known for its backpacking and hiking.
Short, easy trails and challenging multi-day backpacking treks reward hikers with spectacular views.
Try one of these popular hikes:
- Cape Scott Trail / North Coast Trail- These rugged and challenging trails (70 km/43 mi total) linking in Cape Scott Provincial Park are the ultimate test of skill, endurance and exploration.
- San Josef Bay Trail- A meandering 45-minute walk (2.5 km/ 1.5 mi) is a tame voyage and leads hikers to a beautiful sandy beach where they can take in spectacular ocean views and view birds, such as eagles and herons.
- Quatse River Trail- Begin at the seaplane base and follow the estuary shorefront to a quiet trail along the scenic Quatse River. The shallow water bubbles over the smooth rocks and provides soothing sounds and a calm place for hikers to relax.
- Tex Lyon Trail- This challenging five-hour trek starts at Storey’s Beach and follows the rocky coastline surrounding the bay. Pack a picnic lunch and stop on the precipice of Dillon Point, allowing the cool, salty breeze to refresh you.
Whether you want to explore beaches and coastal outcroppings on a day hike or camp for several days in the mountains and backwoods of the North Island, Port Hardy is the perfect place to begin your hiking expedition.