Description of Port McNeill

Port McNeill (pop. 2,623) is located on  the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. The area had been a basecamp for loggers since the early 1900’s when a railroad was built and Port McNeill became a settlement in 1936. As roads were limited to those built by individual logging companies, all transportation was by ship or float plane. The town was named after Captain William Henry McNeill of the Hudson's Bay Company, who commanded the SS Beaver, the first steamship on the Pacific Northwest Coast.

The first logging road to another community was the road to Port Hardy Airport completed in 1959. By late 1961, the population had reached 400 and new businesses were beginning establish themselves. Today, as they have done for decades, many forestry workers living logging camps, including floating camps. Logging remains the community’s mainstay economy although this industry has been experiencing turbulent times for the last decade.

Today Port McNeill remains as the centre of North Island logging operations. It is also the launching point for nature tour operators, sport fishing enthusiasts and our kayak tours of Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Strait.

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"One of the Best Holidays of My Life"

Tuesday, February 9 2016

Here's a fantastic comment we received from Ann after her kayak vacation last August, her second Vancouver Island Kayak tour.

Scott, As we spoke earlier I can't thank you enough for being the facilitator in what truly has to be the best or at at least one of the best holidays of my life.  I only say one as my husband is not here and I wish he could have experienced the wonders of British Columbia nature first hand.

I had two wonderful but very different kayak trips.  The first to the Broken Island Group and the second up here in Port Mc Neil.  I enjoyed both for different reasons.  Different geographies. Wildlife and also fellow travellers on the trip but both wonderfully well organised and the natural beauty of this place speaks for itself. more