Make Cluxewe Resort your base for exploring Northern Vancouver Island. Our staff will be happy to give you more information about these and other day trips.
Alert Bay, Cormorant Island – First Nations Culture
A 40-minute ferry sail from Port McNeill. At the Namgis Reserve, west of the ferry terminal, you’ll find the world-renowned U’mista Cultural Centre with its displays of masks and carvings; Kwakwaka’wakw dancing; the world’s tallest totem pole; and a Victorian-style Anglican church. Totem poles are located at the Kwakwaka’wakw cemetery, about 1 km east of the ferry terminal (view these from the road only). The Island features an ecological interpretive park and trail along with 10.5 kms of looping hiking and mountain bike trails. Trail maps and other information are available from the tourist centre, east of the ferry terminal. Fresh seafood can be purchased from from “Fudd’s Dock” 1.5 km east of ferry terminal. Alert Bay also has restaurants, grocery stores, pubs, gift shops, gas station, drug store, a municipal museum, and many other amenities. Alert Bay features an early-summer festival, June Sports, June 15-18, and an August celebration, Sea Festival & Music Festival. Contact the Alert Bay Information Centre for information on these events and others things to do and see in Alert Bay. Also see our Hiking on Northern Vancouver Island section.
Sointula, Malcolm Island – Finnish Heritage
A 25-minute ferry sail from Port McNeill. This historic Finnish fishing village features an interesting museum 400 metres west of the ferry terminal. Follow the signs to Bere Point regional park on the North Shore (includes an orca rubbing beach, viewing platforms, and 5 km Beautiful Bay Trail.) Pultenay Point Lighthouse can be reached by road and a short trail. Access to 3.2 km Mateoja Heritage Trailhead is in Sointula (follow the signs) and leads to Big Lake (which is not big!). Shoreline road (both directions) from ferry terminal includes great views, picnic opportunities, easy biking. Sointula has an old-fashioned general store, which is also the oldest co-operative in Western Canada; gas station; gift shop; art gallery; a restaurant which features Finnish baking (open May-October). Shrimp and (at times) other seafood can be purchased from local fishermen. Sointula has a thriving arts community and hosts arts and crafts events periodically. Contact the Sointula Resource Centre for more information on things to do and see in Sointula. Also see our Hiking on Northern Vancouver Island section.
San Josef Bay – A Spectacular Corner of Cape Scott Park
A west coast beach (similar to Tofino’s Long Beach but without the crowds) at the end of an easy, well-maintained hiking trail. The walk takes about 40 minutes. San Jo is located at the edge of Cape Scott Provincial Park, a 1.5 to 2 hour drive (along a gravel road) from Cluxewe Resort. For more information on Cape Scott and its trails, go to ourHiking on Northern Vancouver Island section.
Marble River Area
Beaver Lake Nature Trail: Follow the Island Highway (#19) NW of Cluxewe Resort for 15-20 minutes; turn left at Highway 30. (Port Alice Highway). 5 minute drive, before golf course turn right at the sign, and follow the self guided tour. 1 km, short easy hike. Watch for bears.
Marble River Park: Continue along Highway 30 for 10 more minutes. Turn left at Marble River Provincial Park. At the rear of the campground is a sign and the trail head. 4 km trail, with a choice between the river trail which is difficult, or the forest trail which is of medium difficulty. About 3 and a half to 4 hour hike return. Good salmon and eagle viewing. Watch for bears.
Access (includes boat ramp) is at the other side of Highway 30 from Marble River Park. Good trout fishing spring and early summer.
Bullock’s Beach Trail (also known as Cluxewe Beach)
4.5 km drive on Rupert Main gravel road proceeding NW from Cluxewe Resort. Turn right onto R 100 and right again at first road. 10 to 15 minute hike to beach, medium difficulty. Some slippery stairs and courduroy road. Sensitive habitat and great birding opportunities. Map available here.[http://www.cluxewe.com/pdf/bullocks_beach_trail.pdf]
These are just a sampling of the day trips possible from Cluxewe Resort. More ideas can be found by contacting the following information centres:
- Port Hardy and District Chamber of Commerce
- Port McNeill and District Chamber of Commerce
- Victorian-sylte Anglican Church in Alert Bay (Cormorant Island)