Port Hardy, BC
Our trip to Banks Island began on June 7, at 8:20 a.m.   We departed from Port Angeles to Victoria on the Coho ferry. We
have been to Vancouver Island many times, but this was our first time to go to the northern half of the island, all the way to
Port Hardy where we would spend two nights before boarding the BC Ferries for Prince Rupert.  

We made reservations at the Orange Tabby B&B in Port Hardy. James and his wife Sue wrote us that when we got to within
fifty miles of Port Hardy we should watch for the black bears. Sure enough, at just the point he told us to watch, there was the
a black bear on the other side of the road eating horse tail.
The next day we walked along the water's edge at low tide.
Normally, Jackie
would have been
under two feet of
water in the picture
below.
Not too far from the beach
was a grave yard for the
First Nations people. The
headstones were most
unique.
Our hosts asked us if we would like to go out that
evening with a naturalist, Larry Woodall (250-949-7262).
It was not a great photo op as we left after 7:00 p.m.
However, it was marvelous experience. In three hours we
saw 17 black bear including three pairs of twins with their
mothers. We intend to return to Port Hardy at a later time
after the berries are ripe for some longer daytime viewing
with Larry. He is terrific with bears.
Right. Twins
start their climb
up a tree when
they see us.
Left, a cub
climbing a tree
as mother
watched.  
Lower right,
cub climbing
tree.