Copper Coast is located on the northern end of Vancouver Island, at the edge of the village of Port Alice, BC, easily accessible by plane, highway, or water. The climate is warm and sunny in the summer, and mild and rainy in the winter.
The village of Port Alice (pop. 1200) is a quaint coastal paradise, with all of the amenities you need including:
What are some of the things I can do in and around Port Alice?Fishing, Prawning & Crabbing:
Port Alice is located on the Neurotsis Inlet, part of the Quatsino Sound which opens into the Pacific Ocean. Fishing is excellent for several species of salmon, ling cod and halibut. The area immediately around Port Alice provides abundant recreational prawn, crab and rock fishing.
The following is a seasonal list of marine fishing opportunity:
- Prawns: Year round
- Crabs: Year round
- Halibut: April-December
- Chinook/King Salmon: 20-60 pounds, May-September
- Coho/Silver Salmon: June-September
- Sockeye and Chum Salmon: August
- Winter Chinook/King Salmon: 5-20 pounds, October-April
Below are some photos of the local catch, to get a better look simply click on the photo for a larger view.
The entire region is valued for its eco-tourism including whale watching; whales (the 2 whales seen are Killer and Humpback) are spotted from the village regularly. Best viewing months are May through September.Sailing and Boating:
Consistent afternoon breezes make the Inlet ideal for sailing, and the full extent of the Quatsino Sound provides exciting opportunities for cruising. There is currently a centrally located boat ramp and a members only yacht club.Kayaking, Wind Surfing, And Scuba Diving:
These are all popular activities within the region.Hiking and Walking:
Port Alice has a beautiful sea walk, which is a paved walkway that is wheelchair-accessible, tracing along the shoreline of Neroutsos Inlet and ending at scenic picnic area. The Rumble Mountain Trails pass through the forest on the side of Rumble Mountain, just above the village area, and provide good exploring, hiking or mountain biking. Port Alice is also a close drive to Cape Scott Provincial Park, where Day hikes can be made to San Josef Bay, or for the more adventuresome longer hikes can be made to Cape Scott.Golfing:
Port Alce is home to a beautiful and challenging executive 9 hole municipal golf course. The golf course features small creeks, grass greens and lots of slopes surrounded by the forest. Additional golfing is available just 25 minutes away at Seven Hills Golf Course. Seven Hills is a regulation length 9 hole course for the longer hitters.Alpine Skiing:
Mount Cain is a 90 minute drive, and features the best powder snow anywhere! For more information, visit the Mount Cain website at www.mountcain.comTourist Attractions:
Port Alice is located close to the tourist attractions that abound in the North Island:
- Telegraph Cove
- Alert bay and the U'Mista Cultural center
- Winter Harbor
- Cape Scott
- Port McNeil
- Port Hardy
- Mt. Cain Skiing
- Cape Scott Provincial Park
- Lake Victoria, Alice Lake and Nimpkish Lake
- Local Caves: Devil's Bath, Eternal Fountain and Vanishing River.
At the end of the day the most important activity that Port Alice and Copper Coast Resort has to offer is a tranquil environment that nurtures peace and relaxation experienced from the deck of your Copper Coast home overlooking the beautiful and serene Neroutsos Inlet.
Here are just a few photos of the beautiful scenery found in Port Alice, to get a better look simply click on the photo for a larger view.