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Port Hardy and Area


   God's Pocket Marine Provincial Park is located on the north side of Goletas Channel. The two largest islands in the group of islands are Nigei and Hope. Killer whales, Bell IslandBell Islanddolphins, humpbacks and gray whales transit the area regularly, making it an idea spot to view wildlife. It is a short trip from Hardy Bay, making the park accessible from beginner to expert but a crossing of Goletas Channel is necessary and you can experience tidal currents and wind. Balaclava Island is another popular site with kayakers.

BC Parks states: There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No fee is charged and no facilities are provided.

Port Hardy is located approximately 500 km by highway north of Victoria on the northeast end of Vancouver Island.

BC Marine Trails Resources

  •    Our map shows campsites in or near God’s Pocket Provincial Marine Park; type in Port Hardy in our map search box to find the government dock/water access point.
  •    Resources: A variety of resources to help you find or plan a paddling trip.
  •    BC Marine Trails membership offers discounts with various companies or businesses as well as a 'ruler tool' for our map and a special downloads page.


  • Visit Nolan Point on Balaclava Island. This is outside of the park but an acknowledged recreational site.
  • Visit Bell Island. It has a primary campsite with 10 tent locations. It can be busy.
  • Visit Harlequin Bay on Hurst Island. It was room for about 4 tents. It is an alternate site.
  • Launch from Fort Rupert near Port Hardy. Visit the Cattle Island. 8 tent sites.

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  • Kayaking Vancouver Island by Grey/Backlund has a section on Port Hardy.


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