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HOW TO GET TO QUATSINO

BY MOTOR VEHICLE

While there are no roads to Quatsino Hamlet itself, major paved roads do bring the visitor to within a 15 to 20 minute boat ride from Coal Harbor. There is a 7 day a week available water taxi service (Quatsino Sound Marine Transporation Ltd. - call ahead for reservations - 250 949-6358) and ample parking at the Coal Harbor community dock. There are also regularly scheduled water taxi "mail runs" on Monday and Thursday around 11:30am featuring discounted fairs. The water taxi will drop the visitor off at the Quatsino Government Dock or any private dock requested. Quatsino Taxi Service (250 949-9933) can pick you up at any time in Quatsino for a tour of the hamblet or transporation to a particular location but call as far in advance as you can to insure the taxi is available. The Quatsino well maintained gravel road is approximately 6 km in length so almost any destination is within walking distance.

To reach Coal Harbor from all points south (Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, Seattle, etc) take the main Island Highway from Naniamo (approximately a 4 hour drive) or Victoria (approximately a 6 hour drive). If you have time, the older coastal Island Highway is a beautiful drive that winds along the east coast of the Island. Follow signs directing you to Port Hardy, the largest town on northern Vancouver Island. Just before reaching Port Hardy you will see a direction sign to turn left for Coal Harbor. If you continue into Port Hardy there is gas, a shopping center, hotels, etc available about 3 km from that turn-off. There are no amenities in Coal Harbor. A 20 minute ride takes you to the Coal Harbor dock. Once a Whaling Town, Coal Harbor is an interesting village in it's own right. The water taxi service is the white building to the left as you face the community dock.

BY AIR

The nearby town of Port Hardy has daily air transporation from Vancouver, British Columbia via Pacifc Coastal Airlines.

There are also three round trip flights a day from Seattle to Campbell River (a three hour drive south of Coal Harbor) via Helijet (it's a prop jet, not a helicopter, by the way). The Campbell River airport has vehicle rentals available from major car rental companies.

BY WATER

There is a convenient boat launch facility located next to the government dock in Coal Harbor. The trip to Quatsino from there is approximately 15 to 20 minutes via a traditional pleasure craft. Click on our map page to get a sense of where we are.