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Port McNeil - Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago



Port McNeill (population: 2,623) is laid out along the shores of Broughton Strait on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island. It was named for William McNeill of the Hudson’s Bay Company, who captained the first steamship to operate on BC’s west coast. Sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago,” it’s also known as a good, centrally located jumping off point for daytrips to north island communities like Alert Bay, Sointula, Port Hardy and Port Alice. Logging and fishing are its main industries and whale watching is its greatest tourist draw.

Port McNeil is an excellent base for day trips to Alert Bay and Sointula.  BC Ferry has several triangular runs serving Port McNeil - Sointula - Alert Bay.  A full service marina provides guest moorage, water, fuel, electricity, and garbage disposal.  There is a laundromat within a 5 minute walk.  Several department stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and marine hardware store within walking distance.

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