Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Alert Bay

U'mista Cultural Centre

This must-see longhouse-like facility proudly displays dozens of culturally priceless indigenous artifacts confiscated when potlatch ceremonies were outlawed in Canada. Distributed to museums and collections around …
Diner in North Vancouver Island

Cable Cook House Cafe

Whether you're driving up or down island, look for road signs to Sayward and you'll soon find yourself double-taking at the quirkiest streetside diner you've ever seen. Enveloped in 2,500-meters of thick steel cable…
Pub Food in Port Hardy

Sporty Bar & Grill

Great service and pub grub push this regular-looking neighborhood bar to the top of the Port Hardy dine-out tree. Sporty's (as everyone calls it) offers hearty burgers, pizzas and fish and chips but there's also a g…
Cafe in Port Hardy

Café Guido

You'll easily end up sticking around for an hour at this friendly locals' hangout, especially if you also purchase a tome to read from the bookstore downstairs. The grilled 'Gladiator' pesto flatbread sandwich is ev…
Museum in Telegraph Cove

Whale Interpretive Centre

Bristling with hands-on artifacts and artfully displayed skeletons of cougars and sea otters, the main hooks at this unique, beautifully rustic barn-like museum are the many whale skeletons, mostly hanging from the …
Park in Cape Scott Provincial Park

Raft Cove Provincial Park

One of the area's shortest trails (2km), adjoining Cape Scott Provincial Park, brings you to the wide, crescent beach and beautiful lagoons of Raft Cove. You're likely to have the entire 1.3km expanse to yourself, a…
Park in Cape Scott Provincial Park

Cape Scott Provincial Park

One of Vancouver Island's most alluring hidden gem parks isn't the easiest to access but once you step onto its tree-backed beaches and blink in the sunlight, you'll realize exactly why you made the effort.
Bistro in Alert Bay

Pass 'n Thyme

Head up the ramp alongside and aim for a picture window table overlooking shimmering, boat-bobbling Broughton Strait and you'll soon be diving into some excellent grilled halibut and chips alongside the chatty local…
Gallery in Alert Bay

Culture Shock Interactive Gallery

Turn left and follow the boardwalk from the ferry dock and you'll stroll right into this welcoming gallery shop of contemporary First Nations crafts, T-shirts and jewelry, all made in and around BC. There's a coffee…
Seafood in Port McNeill

Northern Lights Restaurant

Despite the 1980s decor, Port McNeil's best restaurant serves a comfort food menu with a strong foundation of excellent BC seafood. The panko-crusted Fanny Bay oysters are delicious but the seafood platter blowout f…