The Communities


Each of these West Coast communities offer unique opportunities for recreation and eco tourism  


Campbell River

Although it’s known as the Salmon Capital of the world, Campbell River has a lot of great outdoor adventures to offer, from mountain biking in Snowden Forest, to walks along the river, to 100’s of km of amazing riding on backroads and trails.

Gold River

“Tucked in between the Gold and Heber Rivers, The Gateway to Historic Nootka Sound on Canada’s pacific coast, this is where the road ends and true Canadian wilderness begins…” 

Gold River Chamber of Commerce


Photo by: Tim Gage

Whether you like oceans, alpine, old growth forests or the underground, we have it all. We invite you to come and visit our beautiful coastal community, nestled in the heart of Nootka Sound!”  – Village of Tahsis Tourism


“The tiny village of Holberg sits at the most westerly end of Holberg Inlet… In its early days Holberg existed as a floating camp, at one time the world’s largest, for forestry workers in the area.” – Vancouver Island North

Port Hardy

“[Port Hardy] is rich in beauty and natural resources, and is the largest of communities in the Regional District of Mt. Waddington.  The mountains, rivers, lakes, forests and the marine environment provide an ideal setting to live work or play.” – Port Hardy Tourism

Port McNeill

“Known as the gateway to the gloriously scenic islands, protected spaces and mazy waterways of the Broughton Archipelago, Port McNeill is a grade-A stepping stone to outdoor adventure. Vancouver Island North’s second-largest community proudly co-exists with the rich natural resources of land and sea.” – Vancouver Island North


Zeballos Estuary. Photo by: David Stanley

“Nestled among towering mountains, Zeballos sits at the head of the Zeballos Inlet, gateway to Nootka Sound, world-famous for its gold mining history, world-class salmon fishing, kayaking, hiking, and other outdoor adventure opportunities.” – Zeballos Tourism

Port Alice

Picture Courtesy of Village of Port Alice

“A village of approximately 664… the community is known for its natural environment, pulp mill, and salt water fishing. Port Alice is known as “the Gateway to the Wild West Coast”.” – Port Alice Tourism

Coal Harbour

Photo by: David Stanley

“This community has had several past incarnations as a mining town, a military base and a whaling station. Today Coal Harbour is a perfect launch point for [anyone] heading into the scenic coastal waters and old-growth forests of Vancouver Island North’s wilderness areas.” – Vancouver Island North


Little Huson Caves. – Photo by: David Stanley

“The hamlet of Woss sits in the heart of the Nimpkish Valley’s rich timberlands and recreational wilderness. Thick forests, clear lakes, and mountainous terrain offer a wealth of choices for outdoor adventures.” – Vancouver Island North


“Visitors to Sayward enjoy fresh, clean ocean air, wild natural beauty, and wide open spaces… Everything you look for in a beautiful BC west coast getaway!” – Village of Sayward