By car, Port McNeil is about six hours driving distance from Victoria or four hours from Nanaimo. From Vancouver, take the BC Ferry either from Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen to Nanaimo and then head North.
Alternatively, you can catch a bus that departs at 5:30 am from Vancouver and will reach the town by 3 pm.
To reach Port McNeill by sea, be sure to take the BC Ferry either from Horseshoe Bay or Tsawwassen to Nanaimo. It will take four and a half hours by car once you exit the ferry.
Travelling by air, you can fly from Vancouver and Calgary with Air Canada or WestJet into the Comox Valley Airport and then take a three hour drive north. There is also a small airport in Port Hardy that offers flights from Vancouver with Pacific Coastal Airlines. From there, it is about a 30 minute drive to Port McNeil.
After approximately 30 years, the first signs of a bustling economy began to take shape due to the growth in population and the relocation of businesses to the region. The very name McNeill was cho-sen to pay tribute to Henry McNeill, who was the captain of the SS Beaver ship, belonging to the Hud-son Bay Company.
The climate of the port is somewhat tropical. Temperatures are generally warm and sunny and a con-siderable amount of rainfall is the norm, even in dry months. The average yearly rainfall amount is ap-proximately 1750 mm, whereas the average yearly temperature is roughly 8 degrees Celsius.
You can also expect to find a range of quality dining options in Port McNeill. Mexican, Greek, and fast-food options are readily available. Be sure to visit the Harbour Sushi in Dalewood Hotel to experience the best of Japanese cuisine.
If you have a soft spot for seafood, you can visit the captivating Northern Lights restaurant. Here, you can get the best seafood specialties including shrimps, halibut, sea asparagus, and bay scallops.