Port McNeill sits on the
edge of the Broughton Archipelago, on the northeast side of Vancouver Island. It
is surrounded by misty rainforests, spectacular mountains, rushing rivers and
serene lakes. The community has a resource based economy, but it is balanced
with a great tourism industry that will continue to grow and prosper.
This small, thriving community offers many things to do, there is great hiking
trails to enjoy or head out on the sea for some kayaking, some of the best
fishing can be had here, both fresh and saltwater, you can go diving, bird
watching or take a whale watching tour to see Killer whales, grey whales, fin
whales, porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, harbor seals or mink.
McNeil is the gateway to the Broughton Islands Archipelago, here
you can pick up last minute supplies before heading out. The
Broughton Islands are just awesome, offering some of the best
kayak/canoeing opportunities on the north Island.
remote community with a small population of 2700, the town
offers great places to stay and eat, from the fabulous to the
icecream and hamburger joints and no matter where you eat or
stay, you will be greeted by the friendliest folks around,
always willing to lend a hand.
The wildlife viewing is incredible and the variety of birdlife
is mind boggling, you can see black bears, cougars, Blacktail
deer, wolves, eagles, ravens, northern shrikes, owls, hawks and
a vast variety of other animals and birds. Just head out on any
of the numerous trails in the area and keep your eyes open.
McNeill was named after Mr. William McNeill who worked for the
Hudson Bay Company. Established in 1937 as a logging
community by Pioneer Timber, it services many of the surrounding
communities and is considered the hub of the north island. Port
McNeill was the first village in Canada to be proclaimed as a
town after the Canadian Charter was repatriated. The Queen’s
first act, in Ottawa, after signing the Charter, was to sign the
town’s Proclamation papers. Quite an honor for a small
take a ferry from Port McNeill and head to Alert Bay on
Cormorant Island or head out to Sointula on Malcolm Island,
Alert bay is reputed to be the oldest community in B.C.
was settled by the Finnish people and has a very interesting
culture that was found in other communities that were settled by
the fins in many places here on the north island, Sointula is
the last Finnish town on the north island.