Port Hardy

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Port Hardy
Municipality
Harbour of Port Hardy
Harbour of Port Hardy
Port Hardy is located in British Columbia
Port Hardy
Port Hardy
Coordinates: 50°43′21″N 127°29′34″W / 50.72250°N 127.49278°W / 50.72250; -127.49278Coordinates: 50°43′21″N 127°29′34″W / 50.72250°N 127.49278°W / 50.72250; -127.49278
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Region North-Island
Regional District Mount Waddington
Founded 1966
Government
 • Mayor Bev Parnham
Area
 • Total 38.73 km2 (14.95 sq mi)
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 4,008
 • Density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC−8)
Postal Code V0N
Area code(s) 250, 778
Website http://porthardy.ca/

Port Hardy is a district municipality in British Columbia, Canada located on the north-eastern coast of Vancouver Island.[1] Port Hardy has a population of 4,008 at last census (2011). It is the gateway to Cape Scott Provincial Park, the North Coast Trail and the BC Marine Trail, located on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. The community's access to spectacular wilderness adventures, such as kayaking, caving, world-class scuba diving, nature viewing, surfing, fishing and camping invites visitors to "Live the Adventure".

Port Hardy's twin city is Numata, Japan.

Naming[edit]

Port Hardy was named after Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy who served as the captain of H.M.S. Victory.[1]

Filomi Days[edit]

Once a year, Port Hardy holds a celebration in Rotary Park to acknowledge its natural resource based economy. The three syllables, fi, lo and mi, stand for "Fishing, Logging and Mining". The celebration includes festivities in the park such as activities for children, fundraising concessions, entertainment, beer gardens, bake sales, craft sales, and fireworks. A dance for each age group and a parade are also held on Filomi Days weekend- typically the 3rd weekend in July.

Tourism[edit]

Port Hardy's economy depends greatly on tourism. Ferries to Prince Rupert, British Columbia, another popular tourist destination in British Columbia, depart every other day during peak season. Tourist traffic in the summer is immense, and hotels and restaurants usually find themselves with no room to accommodate all travellers[citation needed].

Wildlife[edit]

A deer near the Quatse river

Deer, black bears, bald eagles, squirrels, seals, salmon and many other species of birds and mammals are often spotted along the Quatse Loop Nature Trail or at Storey's Beach which is a short drive from town. Humpback whales can occasionally been seen surfacing in the bay. Port Hardy has many wildlife charters, fishing charters and places to camp during tourist season. Controversial bear hunts are common here.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Port Hardy Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 14.2 16.8 19.5 22.9 35.3 31.9 30.6 32.8 28.0 25.4 18.8 15.7 35.3
Record high °C (°F) 13.7
(56.7)
16.7
(62.1)
19.8
(67.6)
23.3
(73.9)
33.4
(92.1)
31.7
(89.1)
26.7
(80.1)
28.7
(83.7)
25.8
(78.4)
25.6
(78.1)
18.9
(66)
14.8
(58.6)
33.4
(92.1)
Average high °C (°F) 6.5
(43.7)
7.3
(45.1)
8.9
(48)
11.2
(52.2)
13.9
(57)
15.9
(60.6)
17.8
(64)
18.1
(64.6)
15.8
(60.4)
11.8
(53.2)
8.1
(46.6)
6.0
(42.8)
11.8
(53.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.2
(39.6)
4.4
(39.9)
5.5
(41.9)
7.3
(45.1)
10.1
(50.2)
12.3
(54.1)
14.3
(57.7)
14.4
(57.9)
12.2
(54)
8.8
(47.8)
5.5
(41.9)
3.7
(38.7)
8.6
(47.5)
Average low °C (°F) 1.8
(35.2)
1.4
(34.5)
2.0
(35.6)
3.4
(38.1)
6.1
(43)
8.7
(47.7)
10.7
(51.3)
10.7
(51.3)
8.5
(47.3)
5.7
(42.3)
3.0
(37.4)
1.3
(34.3)
5.3
(41.5)
Record low °C (°F) −14.4
(6.1)
−11.8
(10.8)
−12.8
(9)
−3.3
(26.1)
−1.1
(30)
1.7
(35.1)
2.8
(37)
3.3
(37.9)
−9.9
(14.2)
−5.4
(22.3)
−12.5
(9.5)
−12.2
(10)
−14.4
(6.1)
Wind chill −19.8 −23.5 −15.3 −6.9 −4.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 −0.6 −7.7 −20.8 −22.0 −23.5
Precipitation mm (inches) 247.0
(9.724)
160.2
(6.307)
159.7
(6.287)
125.0
(4.921)
79.3
(3.122)
80.7
(3.177)
53.7
(2.114)
73.1
(2.878)
109.6
(4.315)
256.7
(10.106)
311.7
(12.272)
250.9
(9.878)
1,907.6
(75.102)
Rainfall mm (inches) 235.0
(9.252)
151.9
(5.98)
154.8
(6.094)
123.5
(4.862)
79.2
(3.118)
80.7
(3.177)
53.7
(2.114)
73.1
(2.878)
109.6
(4.315)
256.5
(10.098)
307.9
(12.122)
239.9
(9.445)
1,865.7
(73.453)
Snowfall cm (inches) 12.4
(4.88)
8.8
(3.46)
4.9
(1.93)
1.5
(0.59)
0.1
(0.04)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.04)
3.9
(1.54)
10.8
(4.25)
42.7
(16.81)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 22.6 18.0 21.1 18.9 16.3 15.7 11.2 11.9 14.5 21.8 23.3 21.6 216.9
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 21.5 17.2 20.8 18.9 16.3 15.7 11.2 11.9 14.5 21.8 22.7 20.6 213.0
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 3.5 2.5 2.0 1.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 1.6 3.7 14.6
 % humidity 81.8 76.6 72.9 70.0 69.6 72.2 72.6 74.8 77.8 81.1 82.5 82.6 76.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 51.4 73.9 114.2 143.2 174.7 165.8 201.8 189.2 150.0 95.5 56.3 46.3 1,462.4
Percent possible sunshine 19.5 26.2 31.1 34.6 36.4 33.7 40.7 42.0 39.5 28.7 20.8 18.5 31.0
Source: [2]

Transportation[edit]

Port Hardy is served by Port Hardy Airport. There are two taxi companies and a public transport bus.

Gallery[edit]

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