Option 1 - Fly Flying from Vancouver into Port Hardy via Pacific Coastal you let us know your schedule and we’ll have the airport shuttle service there to meet and greet you. They’ll bring you to Coal Harbour where we’ll meet you by boat and bring you to the lodge.
Option 2 - Fly If you live in any other part of Canada, we recommend taking either Air Canada or WestJet to Comox and rent a car there. It is a short drive (about 3.5 hours). The drive is lovely with a great chance to spot elk, deer, and bear along the way. If you are driving, look for the wooden three bears sign that welcomes you to Port Hardy. Then follow the road signs and take the next left on Coal Harbour Road. It’s 15 minutes to the government wharf and we'll find you there.
Option 3 - Drive If you have the time and are driving, then the Nanaimo ferry is your ticket. It is a 4.5 hour drive from Nanaimo to Coal Harbour.
Option 4 - Float Plane For the adventurous type; the local company AIRCAB will pick up folks in Comox or Campbell River and take them by float plane right to our dock. Let us know if you want more details on this unique opportunity. It is really something else to see Quatsino Sound by float plane. Phone: (250) 949-6371
Option 5 - Shuttle or Drive Yourself from Comox Why not get a driver? Kevin East of Ambassador Shuttle Service out of Comox offers a very personalized and amazingly affordable shuttle service from Comox to Coal Harbour and he’ll come back and get you too.
And really, why not just rent a vehicle and drive yourself? There are many rental options in Comox including Budget and Avis. Coal Harbour has a great parking spot for your vehicle (250-949-1012 and ask for Sharla). So just remember to get a vehicle large enough for you to return with your fish. Economy size vehicles don't always accommodate fish boxes.
Accommodations en route If you find yourself in need of accommodation on your way up to see us or when you're heading home, we recommend the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel for those flying into Vancouver and overnighting. In Comox the Crown Isle, The Kingfisher, The Coast Westerly and of course the Holiday Inn Express are all good options. Really though the most important consideration is this: Does the place you intend to stay offer either a freezer or walk in freezer space for your frozen fish? If it doesn't do not book because your fish is your primary concern. Most hotels/motels that have restaurants on site will accommodate fishermen and many have freezers available for just this purpose.
Hi Walter and Blondie, First I would like to thank you for an amazing experience. Both Geoff and I enjoyed the whole experience. No need to say that Geoff's fisherman's stories are growing by the day. Not least about the one which got away. I do not think his arms will be long enough soon. Ha!Ha!
Again, your service was great, your knowledge fantastic and though we were novices you never let on you had had the questions before. On top of that I put on weight. So all in all a great holiday. Compliments to your staff, who were all lovely young people. Regards, Gitte B