Port Hardy ia a diver's paradise at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Thanks to the many divers who have visited this area, including the late Jacques Cousteau, and the folks at National Geographic, Advanced Diver Magazine, Scuba Diving Magazine, Discovery Channel and Imax Films, this absolutely beautiful spot is recognized as one of the absolute best spots to dive in the world. The waters off northern Vancouver Island are among the finest in the world for scuba diving, with their amazing invertebrate life, fascinating wolf eels and octopus, walls loaded with colonies of pink soft coral, colorful anemones, a variety of sponges and starfish, loads of fish including westcoast salmon, seals, sea lions, and the frequent sighting of killer whales from the surface in Johnstone and Queen Charlotte Straits.
The newest Provincial Park in the area, God’s Pocket Provincial Park, was given the name ‘God’s Pocket’ for a very good reason. There aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe the rugged beauty of the Port Hardy area - above and below the water.
Port Hardy is at the northern end of Highway 19, and is a year-round scuba diving and wilderness recreational area. Port Hardy was previously known for its First Nations historical sites, fishing and other natural resources, but aquaculture, eco tourism and Port Hardy scuba diving are quickly becoming the main industries here.
"Phenomenal" is the word that is most often used when speaking about the diving in Port Hardy.