TO GET TO QUATSINO
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
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.
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.