Winter Harbour, On the Wild Pacific
Fact or Fiction? As the story goes, Winter Harbour was named
by officers of two English ships that over wintered in its
sheltered waters in the late 18th century. In later days,
fish boats also used the inlet for the same purpose - as a
lee from savage Pacific storms. More
This is a tiny settlement,
closer to the Orient than anywhere else in North America.
It's the perfect place "to get away form it all".
A stroll along Winter
Harbour's boardwalk evokes for the visitor a time past when
life was much simpler. Winter Harbour is a wonderful, friendly
place to relax, and beach comb. The bird and wildlife viewing
is wonderful. There are dozens of seabird species sure to
delight bird watchers. From Winter Harbour's outside shores
you can view marine mammals, sea otters, seals and two annual
grey whale migrations (Spring).
Winter Harbour is
also the place for uncongested, superb fishing for salmon,
cod, halibut and snapper. There are several Charter operators
ready to take you for a days fishing or why not stay for a
week; you are likely to catch your seafood limit within the
first few days. As the drive is 2 hours from Port Hardy on
gravel road, many boaters launch from Coal Harbour.
Services at Winter
Harbour include a multi-purpose store (food, dry goods, liquor,
fishing supplies, clothing), Camp and RV sites, Bed and Breakfast,
Cottages, Charter Operators.
It's friendly and
uncrowded with many hiking opportunities nearby.
For the ultimate Winter Harbour experience
- watch a raging Pacific storm from a safe vantage point.
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