Tourism boards of rival communities will tell you not to go to Port Alice because it rains too much. I'm here to tell you that's a lie!
One of the best kept secrets this year is how amazing Port Alice's Weather can be in the summer. You see, you might be thinking that you'll take your boat up the coast to Campbell River or Telegraph Cove and spend your week-off there. Listen friend, you'd be better off sailing past those places (stop for pictures of course) and rounding over to the West Coast of Vancouver Island to the little village of Port Alice.
One of my favorite places and while I might be a bit biased, as I did live there in the 80s, I truly believe that it is worthy of the journey.
You see, when it comes to weather in Port Alice you'll often find that the locals will tell you it can change in a matter of minute, it is on the North Western side of the island, what you will find is that from mid July to mid August it's beautiful.
While it's true that Port Alice is one of the wettest communities in Canada, receiving more than a meter of precipition every year (take that Prince Rupert), this window is perfect. As you would imagine from a region that receives so much rain it's very green and lush, a near tropical rainforest like experience. The mean temperature in July/August is 16c and precipitation is less than 60mm in those two months, this means that you have a very good chance of being greeted by a blue sky full of wildlife.
Here's what you need to know about Port Alice
- It is a village of roughly 700 people.
- You can find it at 50.4254° N, 127.4877° W
- Access is via Neroutsos Inlet, named for
- You can reach the Port Alice Yacht Club 250-284-3343
- Rumble Beach Marina at 250-284-3391
- The 1989-90 Novice hockey team was legendary, as a local about it
The inlet is easy navigatable and will accomodate even the biggest Yacht this side of Dubai, though you might have a tough time finding shore power for anything that large ;)
Trust me when I say a sunrise full of eagles, whales and the odd cougar or 17 is a sight to behold.
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