Located on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island on Broughton Strait. Port McNeill is 6 hours from Victoria, 4 hours from Nanaimo and 30 minutes from Port Hardy. Population: 2,600.

Visitor Information: Port McNeill Information Centre, is provided by the harbour manager’s office at 1594 Beach Dr. (on the waterfront); phone 250-956-3881.

Port McNeill has complete tourist services. Groceries (with in-store bakery and organic items), clothing, hardware, fishing and sporting goods, and gifts are available in local stores. Many are within walking distance of the Visitor Centre. Pick up a town map at the Visitor Centre along with a list of popular local hiking and walking trails.

With its full service harbour facility, Port McNeill plays host to Inside Passage marine traffic and is also a gateway to a variety of activities, from salmon fishing to whale watching and kayaking. Campers and outdoor enthusiasts will find everything they require in this full facility community.


  • Take BC Ferries to Alert Bay and Sointula.
  • Port McNeill is home to 2 of the world’s largest burls. The largest is just north of the Visitor Centre in the Community Hall parking lot.
  • Camping. Continue past the Community Hall and turn left up-hill for Broughton RV Park. Campsites are fully serviced RV sites, hot showers. Tent sites have community bear boxes for food storage. Reserve by calling: 250-956-3224.
  • Special event: Orca Fest, mid-August.