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Exploring Northern Vancouver Island

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Exploring Northern Vancouver Island

We want to take advantage of a commitment near Campbell River in September to explore a bit of northern Vancouver Island. (This would be something different for us as we have only driven up there to catch the ferry to Prince Rupert and have never ventured off the highway.) We will have three nights after we leave Campbell River, which works out to two full days. We are thinking of centering ourselves in Port McNeill and going out from there.

In terms of accommodation, the first two B&Bs in the TA review list (Waters' Edge and Artist's Point) seem very attractive. Does anyone have any recent experience to offer about these or other places to stay?

DH takes pictures. (I follow along and try not to pull at his jacket sleeve too often.) We had thought of taking one of the boat tours to see the bears on one of the days. The other day, we would take the ferry to Alert Bay. We would love to do a Port McNeill/Alert Bay/Sointula run. However, looking at the ferry schedule, and considering the stops that would be made to take pictures once we got off the ferry, it seems a bit too much for a single day.

Any advice anyone has about puttering about in that area, including boat tours out of Port McNeill, would be much appreciated.

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1. Re: Exploring Northern Vancouver Island

You may wish to check out the Port McNeill forum and see previous posts or repst there...

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We had two nights in Telegraph Cove, and the better part of three days as we arrived there from the am arrival in Port Hardy off the ferry. We really liked Telegraph Cove (well, the 'authentic' side. The new developments on the other side are an outrage) and spent quite a bit of time wandering down the board walk, reading all the signs and exploring the Whale Interpretive Centre at the end (the see through floor into the water below is very cool).

The next day we went into Port McNeil in the morning and had a wander around, mostly along the water front and we toured the local museum, and did some shopping. Then we were booked onto a Whale Watching tour with Stubbs in the afternoon, which was magic.

The next day we rushed up to Port McNeil to get the Alert Bay ferry (we're a bit slow to get going in the am) and enjoyed wandering the island, both the "European" side and the FN side. We spent a long time walking the island and touring the FN Museum (which, ironically, was full of German artifacts as the potlatch artifacts were on display in Germany that summer). It was still interesting, although more than a little disappointing to discover the majority of the collection was on tour. I would have liked to get to Sointula, but we just didn't have time.

Lovely place and I would go back in a minute.

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Thank you both very much for the helpful information/suggestions. We are looking forward to exploring an area of VI that is new to us.

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