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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Saturday, February 16 2019

Here in Victoria the snow is dissipating which we hope is a sign that spring is around the corner. While many others remain locked in winter's grasp, most everyone (except for the die-hard skiers) are thinking of warmer weather. And from my corner of the world, this translates to kayak vacations. In particular, our trips to Haida Gwaii, Johnstone Strait and Broken Group are gathering speed, with a number of departures sold out and some others having one or two seats remaining. Please use our search engine to select a date and trip - if the departure you want is booked please let me know.  If the demand is there, I might be able to put on another departure. more