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North Vancouver Island

Marine Directory 2012

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Table of Contents Alert Bay ........................................................................4-5 Fish Regulations ............................................................20 Kayaking & Diving.........................................................22 Port Alice ........................................................................21 Port Hardy ................................................................ 14-19 Port McNeill ............................................................. 10-13 Sointula ..........................................................................6-7 Telegraph Cove ............................................................8-9 Whale Watching ............................................................23

North Island Marine Directory 2012 is distributed free of charge to all mariners stopping in the area and is also available at marine supply stores, visitor information centres, at the North Island Gazette and online at www.northislandgazette.com. North Island Marine Directory 2012 is published by North Island Gazette 7305 Market St, Box 458, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Phone: 250-949-6225 • Fax: 250-949-7655 Email: production@northislandgazette.com

Important contact information: Fisheries and Oceans www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca Port Hardy Office: 250-949-6422 24 hour toll free recorded info: 1-866-431-3474 Canadian Coast Guard Pacific Region www.pacific.ccg-gcc.gc.ca Marine Weather Office www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/marine Tide Charts http://www.lau.chs-shc.gc.ca/english/Canada.shtml Northwest Boat Travel www.boattravel.com Local Bus Service Port Hardy: 250-949-7532 Port McNeill: 250-956-3304 BC Transit 250-956-3151 BC Ferries 1-888-223-3779 www.bcferries.com

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Alert Bay

Located on Cormorant Island, Alert Bay proudly shares their First Nations culture and history with the world. A full-service marina includes water and electrical service. There are two boat launches and a fish cleaning station for your convenience. The harbour office accepts debit and major credit cards. The town has all the amenities you need. Pick up groceries, get stamps from the post office, or enjoy fine waterfront dining. Other amenities include a hospital and medical clinic, a pharmacy, library, visitor information centre, churches, liquor store, banking services and a hardware store. Nearby, sacred burial grounds include many totem poles – please view them from the sidewalk. The U’mista Cultural Centre celebrates First Nations Culture, and invites you to join them! Don’t miss the museum, with hand-carved masks and other artifacts. The Big House is modeled on a traditional native dwelling, and is used for celebrations. Native dance performances by the T’sasala Cultural Group in the Big House. Hikers love Alert Bay’s trails, especially the nearby Ecological Park. Trails twist through forests, over boardwalks and marshes. Descriptive signs explain the local flora and fauna. Join in unique adventures such as canoe trips, salmon barbecues and island tours provided by local guides. Harbour Office Harbour Manager: Eric Gregory Radio: VHF Channel 66A Phone: 250-974-5727 Cell: 250-974-8255 Email: boatharbour@alertbay.ca www.alertbay.ca

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Sointula

The protected, spacious moorage at Sointula has drawn mariners for over a century. Today, it’s the perfect place to relax, refit, and prepare for your next adventure. The Malcolm Island Lions Club operates the dock facilities, which include showers and washrooms, a laundromat, garbage disposal, ice, electrical hook-up, winch and even repairs. At the top of the dock, a vendor provides tasty treats for tired sailors. Located just a short 2 km walk from the docks, downtown Sointula has much in store. Stock up on groceries, enjoy local dining, and browse through many specialty stores and the museum. There are also medical facilities and a bank. Nearby, trails lure nature lovers to explore the beauty of local beaches. Pulteney Point, a working lighthouse station, is a beautiful sight. The Mateoja Trail features the history of the first Finns who arrived here, hoping to create an island utopia. Explore the area, and discover what they knew. Harbour Office Harbour Manager: Lorraine Williams Phone: 250-973-6544 Email: milha@cablerocket.com www.sointulaharbour.com Harbour office open seven days a week, year round. Showers and washrooms never close.

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Telegraph Cove

Nestled in a tiny inlet, the picturesque hamlet of Telegraph Cove began as a telegraph station in 1912. A boardwalk circles the sheltered cove, and many buildings are build on pilings extending over the water. Most of the buildings have historic importance, and plaques describe their history. 2012 will bring 100th anniversary celebrations to the Cove with events planned for the Canada Day long weekend. It is a popular destination, and a great launch place for adventures in the Broughton Archipelago. Fishing and wildlife viewing are popular here; charter a boat or hire a guide and explore the beauty of the Broughton! These waters are in fact famed for being the most predictable place to see killer whales in the world. There are two privately-owned marinas boasting full facilities for boaters. The Telegraph Cove Marina offers moorage with power, a boat launch, fish cleaning stations, showers and washrooms, fresh water, laundry, accommodations, an RV park and a cafĂŠ. The Telegraph Cove Resort offers marine fuel, a general store and liquor outlet, a gift shop, showers and washrooms, laundry facilities, a restaurant and pub, accommodations, a campground and fish cleaning station. Telegraph Cove Marina

Telegraph Cove Resort

Radio: VHF Channel 66A Phone: 250-928-3163 Fax: 250-928-3162 Toll free: 1-877-TEL-COVE (835-2683) Email: reservations@telegraphcove.ca www.telegraphcove.ca

Phone: 250-928-3131 Toll free: 1-800-200-HOOK (4665) Email: tcrltd@island.net www.telegraphcoveresort.com

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Port McNeill

Port McNeill Downtown Area

Harbour Office Acting Harbour Manager: Sherry Henderson Radio: VHF Channel 66A Phone: 250-956-3881 Fax: 250-956-2897 Email: pmharbour@telus.net www.town.portmcneill.bc.ca Office Hours: June 8am-5pm July-August: 8am-8pm Showers: key is available from Harbour Office

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Port McNeill

The bustling harbour of Port McNeill attracts boaters year-round, with berths for boats of all sizes. Amenities for boaters include protected moorage, often with power, and anchorage. At the dock, there are showers and washrooms, a boat launch, free wireless broadband internet access, hydraulic winch, a pump-out station and fish cleaning station. The harbour office and Visitor Information Centre are steps from the dock. Marine fuel is available at nearby seaplane dock. The hustle and bustle of downtown Port McNeill has everything you could need, all within two blocks of the dock. You can get groceries, do your banking at the ATMs, and browse through interesting local shops. Other facilities include showers and a washroom, hospital and '#OURTESYHR,OADING$OCK ',AUNDROMAT medical clinic, dentist, drugstore, laundromat, marine 0UMP/UT3TATION Located at Beach & Broughton and sporting supplies, liquor store, restaurants, a library Arrange at Harbour OfďŹ ce. (with internet access), outdoor swimming pool in summer, ''ROCERIESAND-ARINE3UPPLIES Within Walking Distance accommodations, a par-3 golf course, and more.

Port McNeill Harbour

Port McNeill is the perfect launch pad for your next big adventure, whether by land or sea. Miles of trails and abandoned logging roads offer great hiking and spectacular scenery. Water taxis and ferries connect Port McNeill with Sointula and Alert Bay; a local bus service connects landlocked communities. Seaplanes and helicopters also use the waterfront, and aerial tours are available.

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Port Hardy

Port Hardy includes three docks which offer a full range of supply and repair facilities. The Fisherman’s Wharf is located on Hardy Bay Road. It offers electrical hook-ups, fresh water, washrooms, phones, a dock winch and a boat winch and more for both pleasure craft and commercial boats. A nearby shipyard offers repairs. Also close, a marine goods store and black water pump-out station. The Seagate Wharf on Granville Street offers moorage from May 15 to September 15 on the north side of the government pier. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seine floats are located at the end of Glenview Road and offer water, power and washrooms. Near the waterfront, Port Hardy has much to offer. Several excellent hotels provide comfortable accommodations, restaurants, and other facilities. There are RV parks, campsites, and B&Bs nearby as well. Other amenities include hospital and medical clinic, post office, library (with internet access), a wonderful museum, specialty shops and various government offices including Fisheries and Oceans and the Coast Guard.

District of Port Hardy

Port Hardy also offers wonderful recreational facilities. The Civic Centre includes a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, ice arena and convention centre. Outdoor recreation is popular, with miles of trails just waiting to be explored. Contact the local Visitor’s Information Centre for more information at 250-949-7622 or www.ph-chamber.bc.ca.

LIVE THE ADVENTURE! Choose yours… • Fishing • Golfing • Shopping

• Diving • Hiking • Kayaking

• Exploring • Wildlife Viewing

Harbour Office Harbour Manager: David Pratt Radio: VHF Channel 66A Phone: 250-949-6332 Fax: 250-949-6037 Cell: 250-949-0336 Email: phfloats@cablerocket.com www.district.porthardy.bc.ca/harbour.htm Harbour Office Hours Summer: Mon-Sun - 8am-5pm Winter: Mon-Fri - 8am-4pm

Port Hardy & District Chamber of Commerce 250-949-7622 7250 Market St. Port Hardy phcc@cablerocket.com www.ph-chamber.bc.ca

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Port Hardy North Coast Trail Shuttle Your one stop land and water transportation to both ends

Your one stop shop for all your processing and marine needs. We can offer all aspects of custom processing, packaging materials, ice, etc. for your fleet.

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Port Hardy’s food people

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Port Hardy Make Peoples Your First Choice Health Wellness Remedies & Home Health Care

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Thunderbird Mall

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Port Hardy HEAD OFFICE 1334 Island Highway, Suite 124 Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9 Ph: 250-850-3276 Fx: 250-850-3275 Gary Wells, Manager

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8945 Granville Street Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 e-mail: prshack@telus.net

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Aquatic Centre & Arena

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At A&W Port Hardy we are committed to making your memories enjoyable ones. So, come on down and enjoy a burger or chubby chicken or take it with you and enjoy it with your family and friends. In an extra hurry? Call ahead and we will have it ready for you. 250-949-2345.

Scarlet Point Seafoods Ltd.

24 Hr Towing: 250-949-1900 4800 Byng Road, Port Hardy Phone: 250-949-6042

Redden Net Port Hardy

6710 Hardy Bay Road PO Box 308 Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0 Canada

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Sport Fishing Information Fishing Regulations The nutrient-rich waters of the Pacific Ocean support an abundance of salmon, halibut, cod, shellfish and more. Experienced guides and charters are available to take you to the best fishing areas. Fishing licenses are required, and can be obtained through local vendors – try the local sporting goods store. Licenses can also be obtained online; contact Fisheries and Oceans for more information. Be sure to also get a copy of the fishing regulations. See below. Shellfish Harvesting Shellfish are a tasty treat that can be locally caught. Cooking crabs and shrimp, as well as bivalves (meaning “two shells”) at the peak of freshness, is a culinary experience you won’t soon forget! Bivalves like oysters, clams, and scallops, are periodically affected by algal blooms. These algae create biotoxins which build up over time in the body of the bivalve. The resulting “red tide”, or paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), can occur at any time of the year, depending on environmental conditions. At these times, the shellfish are toxic and sometimes fatal to humans. It can take up to two years for the toxins to be cleared from the animal, making it safe for human consumption. Anyone who feels ill after eating bivalve shellfish should seek immediate medical attention. Be extremely cautious when harvesting bivalve shellfish. For more information on red tide outbreaks, contact Fisheries and Oceans – they will advise you which areas are “open” for bivalve shellfish harvesting. “Open” areas are safe harvest areas that are monitored and tested, and where it is legal to harvest bivalves. When an area is “closed”, it is illegal to harvest bivalves for any purpose without a special license. Be aware too that there are limits on the type and number of shellfish that can be harvested. These limits are listed in the fishing regulations available from Fisheries and Oceans. Boating Safety Regulations The Safe Boating Guide has information on mandatory safety equipment required in Canadian waters. To get your copy, contact the Port Hardy office of Fisheries and Oceans. Some of the equipment needed includes: • Your vessel license and fishing license; • Proof of operator competency; • An approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) or lifejacket of appropriate size for everyone on board; • A buoyant heaving line at least 15m in length; • A manual propelling device (oar) or anchor with not less than 15m of rope, cable, or chain; • A sound-signaling device; • A water-tight flashlight or three Canadian-approved flares of type A, B, or C; • A bailer or bilge pump with enough hose to pump from the bilge of the vessel over the side; and • A class 5 BC fire extinguisher for boats with inboard engines, fixed fuel tanks, or cooling and/or heating appliances. Fisheries and Oceans Website www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca Port Hardy Office: 250-949-6422 24 Hour Toll-free Recorded Info: 1-866-431-3474

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Port Alice Peaceful Port Alice attracts fresh-air enthusiasts craving crowdfree access to the great outdoors. Perched on a pretty hillside facing the Neroutsos Inlet, this thriving community is the most southerly access point to Quatsino Sound and gives kayakers, scuba divers and charter fishing crews access to the open Pacific. The town is a base camp for expeditions via boat or logging road to such remote getaways as Side Bay, Gooding Cove, Harvey Cove, Brooks Peninsula and Klaskino Inlet. Public launching facilities in town offer easy ocean access for travelers towing their own boats. Or get out on the water with a charter fishing or wildlife-viewing guide. Cyclists of all skill levels tackle the trails of the Rumble Fest mountain bike race. Beginners and experienced riders alike gather in early June for the annual (since 1994) competition. The popular weekend event features challenging races, including one for kids, a salmon barbeque and the Funky Bike Olympics. Golfers head for the Port Alice Golf and Country Club, a challenging nine-hole course set against glorious mountain vistas; it once earned recognition from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! as the only course in the world requiring golfers to play

around or over an Anglican church (which has since been relocated). The Tourism & Heritage Center offers information for travelers, a small gift shop stocked with souvenirs made by local artisans, and a well-documented look into Port Alice’s past. The town’s history dates back to the opening of a pulp mill circa World War I. It became the province’s first instant municipality in 1965 when the town was relocated to its present site, and is today home to many of the workers at Neucel Specialty Cellulose Pulp Mill, one of the North Island’s leading employers. Visitors to Port Alice will find beautiful and modern B&B’s, vacation rental homes, a hotel, and a full-service campground. Services in town include a gas station, grocery, hardware, and liquor stores, a bank, and a variety of restaurants. Enjoy strolling the Seawalk, a wheelchair-accessible pathway that follows the community’s coastline. Have a picnic, hike the short distance to Walk-out Island when the tide is low, and don’t forget your binoculars! Hundreds of species of birds visit Neroutsos Inlet throughout the year. These same waters are home to orca, humpback, and grey whales, California and Stellar sea lions, and migrating salmon. Whether you’re a do-it-yourself adventurer, or simply seeking a quiet place to relax while surrounded by majestic west coast scenery, Port Alice is a community that will meet your expectations.

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Diving & Kayaking Diving

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The clear, cold water around the North Island provides an awe-inspiring adventure for coldwater divers. Underwater walls glow in shades of pink, crimson, and purple, contrasting with the emerald green of the water. The diversity and colour of life is truly awe-inspiring – from large numbers of nudibranch species and rockfish to the remarkable wolf eel and the world’s largest octopus species.

Slipping silently through the water, kayaking allows you to explore Vancouver Island North and surrounding islands. Wildlife is abundant here, both in the water and onshore. Rustic campgrounds along the shoreline invite you to experience the wilderness like never before.

Jacques Cousteau rated the North Island waters as second only to the Red Sea for its diversity of marine life and clear waters. Consistently the waters of British Columbia earn accolades by Scuba Diving Magazine as “best destination overall for diving in North America”; “healthiest marine environment in North America”; “best marine life in North America”; “best wall diving in North America ” . . . you get the idea and the further north you go on Vancouver Island, the better the marine life and visibility get. The waters are cold, averaging 10°C, so full-body exposure protection is essential. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced cold-water diver, local operators can provide lessons, equipment sales and rentals. It is recommended that you have dive masters serve as your guides to take you to the best spots while ensuring your safety.

Weather and sea conditions can change rapidly, so training and experience are essential. For less-experienced kayakers, there are several companies that offer lessons, rentals, and guides to help you make the most of your experience. Experienced kayakers can find a challenge around every corner while exploring the beauty of the North Island area from the water. The protected waters of Storey’s Beach near Port Hardy are perfect for beginner kayakers of all ages. Explore the Broughton Archipelago from Port McNeill or Telegraph Cove. The Gordon Group of Islands and Quatsino Sound offer a challenge for adventurous souls. Come on out and play!

From the concentration of dives in the Broughton and Blackfish Archipelagos, to the gardens of the west coast and expanses of life around Browning Pass area – the North Island offers endless dive opportunities.

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Whale Watching The area around Vancouver Island North is home to numerous species of whales, dolphins and porpoises in addition to seals and sea lions. Orcas, also known as killer whales, are among the most-recognized species. During the summer, the waters are patrolled by Straitwatch, who monitor whale watching activities and educate the public about these amazing animals. The popularity of whale watching has led to regulations and guidelines meant to keep the whales safe. Under the federal Fisheries Act, it is illegal to disturb or molest whales, to chase, disperse, drive, or herd whales or pods. This applies to boaters, pilots, and people on shore and in the water. Fines of up to $500,000 and a two-year prison term could await offenders who harass whales. Many organizations offer whale watching tours. Knowledgeable staff will help you to identify whales, take you to prime spots for viewing and enhance your experience further with sharing information about the species and their ecology. The Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph Cove includes an amazing museum – great for the whole family. The following tips will help you make the most of your time with the whales. For more information, contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada. • Avoid approaching closer than 100m to any marine mammal. If you find yourself within 100m of a marine mammal, stop immediately and let them pass by. Use caution around any animals that seem tame – they are wild animals, and are unpredictable. • When approaching whales, approach cautiously from the side rather than from in front or behind. Be careful not to get between females and their young, or between members of the same group. Do not disturb resting animals. • Travel parallel to the whales and make sure your vessel is never within the whales’ path of travel. If you find yourself in their path cautiously move out of the way before they get within 100 meters. • Never feed or swim with marine mammals. • Limit the time you spend with any whale or group to 30 minutes. When leaving the area, start slowly and do not accelerate until you are more than 400m away. • Always keep your speed lower than 7kts when within 400m of any marine mammal. • Power boat operators should shift into neutral or idle if you accidently find yourself within 100m of any animal and if possible turn your engine off. If you need to use the motor to maintain your position, do so slowly and with extreme caution. For more information on responsible marine mammal viewing, see www.straitwatch.org and www.bewhalewise.org. If you ever see a marine mammal that is dead, injured or in distress please call the BC Marine Mammal Response Network at 1-800-465-4336.

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Relax. We’ll take it from here. Make more of your weekend. Whether you’re on the water, docking or going to shore, you can count on convenience and portability from Honda’s BF9.9 outboard. The BF9.9 is lightweight and compact for easy mounting and transport. Featuring a smooth running twin cylinder, four-stroke engine with optional power thrust technology that provides more torque and maneuverability during docking. After you’ve docked, you can trust the quiet and versatile Honda EU2000iC generator – with 2000 watts peak output to power the comforts of home. The only thing you need to focus on is kicking back and enjoying your day. For your needs, on-shore and off, trust Honda.

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and portability from Honda’s BF9.9 outboard. The BF9.9 is lightweight and compact for easy mounting and transport. Featuring a smooth running twin cylinder, four-stroke engine

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Marshall Welding & Fabricating Aluminum, steel and stainless welding and forming.

CNC plasma cutting, pipe and round stock rolling and bending.

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