Port McNeil and Port Hardy

Published: June 14th 2018
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Shoal Bay to Port McNeill then Port Hardy

It’s all familiar grounds in Port McNeil where we restock provisions and take advantage of showers and laundry services close to the docks. We are met by familiar, resident eagles perched on Coast Guard cutters berthed just inside the harbor.

It isn't long before we meet with Emma, new harbour master and information centre manager who gets excited hearing all the updates about IPDP. She and Perter talked last year multiple times so it's nice to be welcomed with new questions, not always having to rehash the basics with Port operators. Port McNeil Councilman, Electrician, Boat Mechanic, Activist and all around great guy visits with us on Ama, fills us in on the progress he is (and isn't) making. We learn that the Port is in the middle of an extensive internal review of all their safety and management systems. They will have a clear baseline for future investments, including hopefully, power and facility use for boaters, fishermen and industry using the port.

It’s a short couple hours cruise up island to Port Hardy where we tie up at Seagate docks in downtown. Port Councilmen are busy but we happen to connect with at least one very valuable visitor who is a partial owner and operator of Cape Scott Wind Farm. From this large production farm situated on ridge in the center of the Island, urns supplies electricity demands all over the North Island. At least half the year, Port Hardy is 100% off the grid and the excess power generated feeds electrical needs.

Dinner at Shorty’s and 5-Pin Bowling entertain us well into the evening and we can't wait for the next morning so we can pick up our favorite cinnamon buns from Market Street Café.

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