Spectacular encounters with wildlife happen 365 days of the year in and around Port Hardy. A variety of eco-tours provide visitors with unforgettable experiences.
Every year orcas, also known as killer whales, travel just offshore in Johnstone Strait and Blackfish Sound. On a boat charter late-June through early October you'll see and hear these majestic mammals along with humpback, grey and Minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions and sea otters.
Watch for black bears along the highway in spring and summer. They feed along riverbanks during the salmon run in the fall. Grizzly bear viewing excursions take you by boat to nearby mainland inlet shores July through September.
At the harbourfront seawall, Hardy Bay estuary, or the vast sands of Storey's Beach you'll find prime bird watching.