Surrounded by the rugged, pristine beauty of the North Island, you’ll find Bear Cove Cottages. See why this cozy cottage is the perfect fit.
The last frontier of North Vancouver Island is not to be missed.
The road to the North Island is a road less traveled, but those that make it this far north will be rewarded with some of the most pristine wilderness land in all of Canada.
Then why did it take us so long to visit North Vancouver Island ourselves!?
It just seemed too far away. Ridiculous, right? I know! And we live here.
We islanders are a strange breed. After living on the island for a couple years, we start thinking a 2 hour drive is an impossible road trip.
I’m happy to report we’ve now made it past Campbell River, we are alive, and there is a whole new world to discover in our North region of Vancouver Island.
Just to give you an idea of the size of Vancouver Island, think about it this way, if you were to start your trip to North Vancouver Island from Victoria at 7am, by early afternoon you could be hugging this tree. It’s just a 5 and 1/2 hour drive from tip to tip.
As your expert Vancouver Island travel guides, we urge you to spend a couple nights more on the island and immerse yourself in the rugged beauty that encompasses the farthest northern tip of the island.
First, you’re going to need just the right accommodation that suits a North Island vacation.
3 Reasons Why Bear Cove Cottages Is The Perfect Port Hardy Accommodation Choice:
Bear Cove Cottages Is North Vancouver Island
Nestled into the heavily forested hillside overlooking Hardy Bay you’ll find Bear Cove Cottages. Our little oceanview cottage in the woods couldn’t have been more North Island. Staying here was more than a place to call home for a couple nights. It made us feel like we entered into the essence of this region.
Surrounded by the rugged, pristine beauty of the North Island, while still enjoying cozy comfort and modern conveniences, this is exactly what we were looking for.
Got kids? Bear Cove Cottages provides endless terrain possibilities for kids to imagine and explore. I joined my boys for a couple adventures more than once. In fact, on the last expedition through the dense woods, we successfully defended our fortress from an invading army that came in by sea.
Studio Cottage With Everything You Need
We loved our little North Island cozy oceanview cottage.
Bear Cove Cottages comes with a generous kitchenette, propane fireplace, jacuzzi tub, bunkbed for the kids and a front deck overlooking the expansive ocean. But the deck was my favourite.
That’s where I went for some quiet reflecting while gazing out at the ocean. I played with my dog, read a good book, and even cooked up some choice steak on the BBQ.
The inside was where we came together as a family to enjoy delicious home-cooked meals. We play board games, watch a movie or just relaxed together sharing our favourite parts of the day. It was perfect as we unwinded for the night.
Bear Cove Cottages are cozy studio cabins. So if you need some space, the front deck is a very nice spot. Or perhaps you prefer a hot soak in the jacuzzi tub. Either way, it’s easy to relax here.
Bear Cove Cottages has all the benefits of family camping, but you get to enjoy all the comforts and modern conveniences of a hotel suite.
In fact, there is even daily house keeping!
So instead of coming back to the cottage in the whirlwind state we left it when we jetted out in the morning, we were welcomed back to a clean, fresh cottage complete with new towels and made-up beds.
Now that’s a nice perk for a cottage in the woods that was completely unexpected.
You’ll Never Be Short Of Activities & Things To Do Close By Bear Cove Cottages:
Bear Cove Park:
Take a 10 minute stroll from your cottage and you’ll come upon a quaint oceanside park and picnic area. We set up our propane campfire one evening, opened up the marshmallow bag and created the perfect atmosphere for an oceanside sunset.
The locals’ favourite beach by far. Pure sand from one end of the beach to the other makes Storeys the perfect spot for families to hang out for the day. Our North Vancouver Island vacation was after the warmer summer months, so digging for elusive clams gave us hours of entertainment.
We had no intention of eating them at first. Although the kids thought after all that work we should at least try.
For two days we kept them as pets in a bucket outside our cottage watching their tongues go in and out, but in the end we released them back into their ocean home.
How about observing bald eagles in the wild? Bald eagles love soaring around Storeys Beach and we were delighted with 5 sightings that day.
Sometimes you visit a place so incredibly beautiful and rich in history, it’s hard to take it all in. Telegraph Cove is such a place. With its brightly coloured houses, old boardwalk walkways, and quiet harbour, this gorgeous town tells a story with each step.
You can’t go to Telegraph Cove without trying the best BBQ Smoked Salmon you’ll ever taste. So plan for dinner at the Killer Whale Café while there.
Stubbs Island Whale Watching (Telegraph Cove):
North Vancouver Island offers up some of the best whale watching in the world.
As your Stubbs Island Whale Watching boat leaves the cove, the beauty of the surrounding islands begins to seep into your bones.
It’s a profound picturesque scene that regardless of whether you ever see ocean wildlife, you will love the natural rugged untouched beauty of this region. For us it was a day filled with bald eagles, orca whales, porpoises, humpback whales, stellar sea lions and harbour seals.
Cove Adventure Tours:
Explore North Vancouver Island on an old growth forest walking tour with Cove Adventures. Hug the largest Sitka Spruce tree on the North Island while you’re at it!
Sports Fishing Charters:
Whether it’s salmon or halibut you’re after, Bear Cove Cottages can set you up with a world class fishing vacation package through it’s company Wicked Salmon.
Bear Cove Cottages On North Vancouver Island
• If you’re a light sleeper and like to sleep in then bring a mask for your eyes. Bear Cove Cottages have skylights and while they are wonderful during the day… they do let light in during the early morning over your bed.
• Catching an early morning BC Ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert? The ferry terminal is about a 20 minute walk or a 2 min drive away from Bear Cove Cottages. It’s the closest accommodation you’ll find to the ferry terminal.
• There is a road in-front of Bear Cove Cottages, but not to worry, there were very few cars that drove by and noise wasn’t an issue at all.
• Do you like a quality coffee shop? Look no further than Café Guido in the nearby town centre of Port Hardy.
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