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Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

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Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

Hello - I'm looking for some camping reco's... we are in the area in mid August, with two tent trailers, 4 adults and 3 kids. We prefer more private camping with trees etc similar to many of the provincial parks. We don't need hook up and don't mind being a bit further away from town if it is a better location.

Cluxeswe looked like a good option, but their more private sites are already booked up for our dates and we would be shoulder-to-shoulder with other campers. Scotia Bay is also more of a field from what I understand.

Wildwoods has availability but not a ton of reviews. And what about the Quatse River Campground?

Any and all suggestions are much appreciated. We are going to spend one night in Cape Scott but would like to use Port Hardy/Pt McNeill as a home base to explore the area. We are looking for five nights total.

Thanks! Elizabeth

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1. Re: Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

Have you looked at Marble River Forestry camp site??? Just off the road into Port Alice.

We stopped in a few years ago and it was lovely...It's non reservable and has no services. We were there on the July 1 weekend and it had lots of room.


There are also tent sites at San Josef Bay but again non reservable.

You do know that it's a 1 hour drive into Cape Scott parking lot on an active logging gravel road? You can buy your back country camping passes online before you go.

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2. Re: Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

Thanks for the reply - Marble River may be a very good option.

We do know it's a gravel road, which is why we were looking for sites near Port Hardy - our thought was to pay for an extra night in Port Hardy and leave the tent trailers. That way we wouldn't need to pull the tent trailers out to San Josef Bay and just hike in to camp on the beach for one night.

Appreciate the recommendation :)

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3. Re: Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

The night before we hiked to Cape Scott., Same area as san josef bay, we stayed at Quatse River campground near Port Hardy. We really liked it and wished we were staying longer.

There is also one almost at the trail head that people use, San Josef heritage Park. I don't think there is any contact info though, you just show up, but again you would be taking your trailer on that road.


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4. Re: Camping in Port Hardy/Port McNeill - August 2018

Hi Elizabeth,

It's Glenn here from the Vancouver Island Visitor Centre.

The Quatse River Campground certainly gets good reviews from visitors and offers the forested setting you are looking for.

On your way north to Port Hardy, if you need a place to stop try the Elk Creek Recreation Site just past the Sayward turnoff on the left. Quiet spot by the creek, heavily treed. No charge to camp.

Happy travels!

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