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Port Hardy in British Columbia.

 

Port Hardy is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island.

Culture

There are three churches for those of different religions. There are three First Nations bands included as part of Port Hardy. Closest to town is the band of Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw, two different bands originally from the coast of British Columbia that were moved to the same reserve by the government. The Quatsino band is about a 20 minute drive from downtown, and the Fort Rupert band is about 15 minutes away, near Storey's Beach. These three bands make up a large portion of Port Hardy's community, and provide a great deal to its industries. Quatsino has a mill, a dock, and is in the process of building a wind farm.

Filomi Days

Once a year, Port Hardy holds a celebration in Rotary Park to acknowledge its natural resource based economy. The three syllables, fi, lo and mi, stand for "Fishing, Logging and Mining". The celebration includes festivities in the park such as activities for children, fundraising concessions, entertainment, beer gardens, a dunk-tank, balloons, bake sales, craft sales, and fireworks. A dance for each age group and a parade are also held on Filomi Days weekend- typically the 3rd weekend in July.

Tourism

Port Hardy's economy depends greatly on tourism. Ferries to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, another popular tourist destination in British Columbia, depart every other day during peak season. Tourist traffic in the summer is immense, and hotels and restaurants usually find themselves with no room to accommodate all travellers[citation needed].

Wildlife

Deer, black bears, bald eagles, squirrels, and many other species of birds and mammals are often spotted along the Quatse Loop Nature Trail or at Storey's Beach which is a short drive from town. Humpback whales can occasionally been seen surfacing in the bay in front of Rotary Park. Port Hardy has many wildlife charters, fishing charters and places to camp during tourist season.

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