The upper region of North America’s largest island is pristine and largely undeveloped, yet only a day’s travel from Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle. Beginning just north of Campbell River, the region extends towards the windswept Cape Scott, and east to the mainland, including the Great Bear Rainforest and Broughton Archipelago, BC’s largest marine park.
Vancouver Island is known for outdoor adventure. It boasts a thriving ecosystem that is home to many species of whales, sea lions, eagles, and bears. Explore rugged coastlines and enchanting temperate rainforests, which provide no shortage of recreation activities and relaxing getaways.
Outdoor adventure awaits you in the historical town of Port McNeill two hours north of Campbell River. Originally settled in 1936, named after Captain William Henry McNeill of the Hudson’s Bay Company, the town began as a base camp for loggers.
While this northern Vancouver Island community still relies on the lumber industry, the scenic waterways and geographically astounding surroundings allow visitors to take in the excitement, support ecotourism and create lifelong memories.