Stand Up Paddle Boarding at Storey's Beach

 

We went for an awesome paddle yesterday morning for the ultra low tide. The sky was foggy and the water was glass calm. The .07 ft tide allowed us to see sea cucumbers, anemones, sea stars, moon snails, geoduck clams, dungeness crab, scallops, chiton, bait fish and a sea lion. Contact us to plan a customized stand up paddle board tour of Storey's Beach. 

 

driving conditions from port hardy to the west coast beaches

 

Don't get stuck, ride with us! 

The 60 kilometer drive from Port Hardy to the San Josef Bay & Cape Scott trail head poses many possible risks and frustrations to travelers. The road is a VERY ACTIVE logging road, and you will likely see multiple oversize and off road "fat trucks" that you are responsible for getting out of the way of. The conditions of the road are always changing, and it is usually riddled with pot holes and large, sharp rocks that are perfect for shredding tires.  Locals know that it is always key to carry two or even three spare tires while travelling on these roads.

Those logging trucks literally fill the road. Hubby used to have the trucking contract there, had to carry chains to pull tourists out of the ditch on a regular basis. Take this guided tour, much better idea!
— longtime local resident, Verna Carlson

There is also NO cellular or internet reception once you turn onto the gravel road outside of Port Hardy. This poses a huge problem for people who need a tow truck or help. They truck drivers all carry VHF radios in order to warn other vehicles where they are at, and it is recommended for all travelers to carry them and be on the correct channel.

Our tour guides are able to alleviate all of these stressful situations for you. We carry a satellite radio, VHF radio, and a two-way GPS messaging device. We have appropriate tires on our van and always travel with multiple spares. We want to show you the amazing & remote locations on northern Vancouver Island without any hassle, stress, or danger. Come with us to enjoy and 'chillax' instead! 

A typical 'fat truck' beside the Cove Adventure Tours van. 

A typical 'fat truck' beside the Cove Adventure Tours van. 

 

The Old Suquash Coal Mine

 

We took a drive to the old Suquash Coal Mine yesterday. It's so full of history and gives visitors an idea of the community that once existed there. The beach is strewn with sandstone and bits of coal along with stunning vistas. The hike in is quick and you are immediately immersed in a tall stand of trees that is littered with bits of historical treasures. In only a couple more minutes you will find yourself on a vast, rocky beach with expansive views of Malcolm Island and the Queen Charlotte Strait. We love exploring and learning about local history- let us know if you want to join us in the future! 

 

Grant Bay on a Beautiful Day!

 

We had a great trip to Grant Bay this weekend with an awesome group of people. The weather was perfect, the lunches were very tasty, and we all came home with big smiles on our faces! 

 

Beaver Lake Interpretive Trail

 

We highly recommend taking a trip to the Beaver Lake Interpretive trail. It's a very easy walk and offers a glimpse of our local forests at their different life stages. The interpretive signs are very informative and the trail is well maintained. Check it our for yourselves or let us take you there! We are available to take guests wherever they like on northern Vancouver Island and are happy to help you create your own adventure! 

 

A long weekend at Raft Cove Provincial Park.

 

The Cove Adventure Tours crew just got home from an amazing long weekend at Raft Cove Provincial Park. We had all sorts of glorious (and some wet) weather and were able to have tons of beach fun. We surfed, walked the beach, checked out the stunning tidal pools, and cruised the river in canoes. We also had the fortune of watching a large group of grey whales hanging out in the bay on their journey north for the summer. We hope that everyone else enjoyed their weekend as much as us!