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Quatsino Sound, Coal Harbour, Port Alice

nightviewhunt900Introduction to Quatsino Sound

Quatsino Sound is a special area located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is part of the Port Hardy to Coal Harbour circuit, which many independent and adventurous paddlers are partaking in. Paddlers launch from Port Hardy and paddle north to Cape Scott and the northern end of Vancouver Island. After rounding the tip of the island they head along the Western Coast of Vancouver Island. The experiences are numerous: an abundance of wildlife, incredible coastal scenery and an array of amazing beaches.

The BC Marine Trails has established four campsites in Quatsino Sound: Drake Island, Hunt Islets, Mahatta Creek and Undercover Cove. It is quite possible to spend a few days within Quatsino Sound, itself.

You can launch from one of three locations on the West Coast side of Vancouver Island: Port Alice, Coal Harbour or Winter Harbour plus other smaller launch sites. From the village of Port Alice the Neroutsos Inlet offers magnificent scenery.

BC Marine Trails Resources

  •    Our map is a great resource for the following paddling areas: Quatsino Sound, Cape Scott, and Goletas Channel.
  •    Resources: A variety of resources to help you find or plan a paddling trip.
  •    Join the BC Marine Trails and receive benefits and special tools to use with the map or downloads coordinates into your GPS.


  • Consider an independent (but high-skilled) circuit route trip from Port Hardy to Coal Harbour trip. The adventure would be amazing! Launch from Port Hardy to begin your trip!
  • Book a guided trip with a local guided tour outfitter and experience the beautiful wildlife in the area.
  • Launch from Coal Harbour, Port Alice or Winter Harbour and explore the inner channels. Drake Island and the Hunt Islets are perfect locations, both with forestry toilets. Camping is free!!
  • Explore the Village of Port Alice.

Articles/Guide Books

Volume 1: A Kayaking, Hiking and Recreation Guide for North and West Vancouver Island by John Kimantis


  • Village of Port Alice: "Port Alice is an ideal launching point for the single or multi-day kayaking trips. The protected waters of Neurosis Inlet offer an abundance of wildlife viewing, including whales, seal lions, sea otters, eagles and much more."

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