The gateway into British Columbia's popular Cape Scott Provincial Park is Port Hardy, a beautiful district in the north-eastern region of Vancouver Island. Port Hardy is the perfect travel spot for a trip filled with outdoor adventure. To visit Port Hardy, you'll fly into Port Hardy Airport (YZT). You'll find the cheapest flights to Port Hardy by searching through Skyscanner. First, enter your starting destination and travel dates into Skyscanner's flight search tool, then chose YZT as your destination. You can also search, compare, and book the cheapest flights to Port Hardy on the go with the free Skyscanner Mobile App.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Port Hardy
Port Hardy is a year-round vacation destination due to its overall mild climate. Though the winter months can sometimes see below-freezing temperatures, they hover around 5° C. Unfortunately, rainfall is also very common throughout the winter months. The summer months can range from cool to warm. Though you can expect some rainfall if you visit between June and August, overall the summer season is much drier than the winter season.
Airlines that Fly to Port Hardy Airport
Pacific Coastal Airlines is the only airline operating out of Port Hardy Airport. The airline flies between YZT and Bella Bella (Campbell Island) Airport (ZEL) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). YVR is by far the busier of the two. If you're flying to Port Hardy from a city other than Bella Bella or Vancouver, your layover will probably be at YVR.
Arriving at Port Hardy Airport
Port Hardy Airport is a small, one-terminal airport located right next to the water, giving you a gorgeous view as you fly in. The airport sits just under ten km from the town of Port Hardy. By car, the ride will take about 15 minutes. Taxis sometimes wait outside of arrivals, and some hotels offer free shuttle service. Since the airport only accommodates small planes, collecting your baggage is a quick and simple process, so you won't need to wait long to start your vacation.
Port Hardy Airport Facilities
As there are few passenger flights at Port Hardy Airport, there are relatively few amenities available. You will be able to purchase a drink or small snack, but souvenirs are best purchased outside of the airport. Just down the road from the airport is the Airport Inn, a lovely inn where you can rest, enjoy a meal and have a drink during a long layover in Port Hardy. When leaving Port Hardy, Pacific Coastal Airlines recommends checking in at least an hour before flight departure to avoid delays.
What to See and Do in Port Hardy
Due to its incredible coastal location, many of the most popular tourist activities in Port Hardy involve the outdoors, like camping and fishing at Cape Scott Provincial Park. Taking a wildlife adventure tour is also a great way to see everything the town has to offer. You can go hiking to see black bears, bald eagles, and tufted puffins, or hit the seas for some whale watching. You can even board a seaplane or helicopter to get a bird's eye view of the town and the ocean. Once you've seen all there is to see outdoors, head to the Port Hardy Museum to learn more about the town's heritage, then stop by the gift shop to bring home a unique Port Hardy souvenir.