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How Do I Get To Winter Harbour?

Winter Harbour can be accessed by road or by water!

Located west of Port Hardy, a well maintained gravel road leads past brilliant blue lakes and emerald forests, through Holberg and on to Winter Harbour at the mouth of Quatsino Sound.

Highway 19 is the main highway serving Vancouver Island, and linking Port Hardy with Victoria and all other major centers on the island. Well maintained highways also connect other communities in the North Island.

Logging trucks are active any day on the road from Port Hardy to Winter Harbour. Take care when driving these roads, and have respect for large logging trucks. Winter driving on these roads can be tricky – make sure you have good winter tires and be careful! The road is maintained but it is gravel and can get bumpy after a good rainfall. Beware of potholes!  If you want to check on road conditions, this is a good site from Western Forest Products or follow them on Twitter: @WFPRoadInfo

To save the raod trip, many visitors put their boats in at Coal Harbour and come around the corner to Winter Harbour. The boat trip is approximately 45 minutes and we can refuel you when you get here!

If you’re really adventurous, take a floatplane right into the Harbour. Tofino Air offers direct charter services.

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