There are three principal ways to get to Vancouver Island's northernmost towns and islands: by car, bus, and plane.
By Plane -- Pacific Coastal Airlines (tel. 800/663-2872; www.pacific-coastal.com) flies daily from Vancouver to Port Hardy Airport.
By Car -- Telegraph Cove is 198km (123 miles) north of Campbell River along the Island Highway (Hwy. 19). Port McNeill is another 9km (5 2/3 miles) north. Port Hardy is 238km (148 miles) north of Campbell River.
By Bus -- Vancouver Island Coach Lines (tel. 250/388-5248, or book through Greyhound tel. 800/661-8747; www.greyhound.ca) offers bus transport from Victoria and Nanaimo to Port Hardy and other towns in northern Vancouver Island. One-way fare from Nanaimo to Port Hardy is C$63.
The Port McNeill Visitor Info Centre, 351 Shelley Crescent (tel. 250/956-3131; www.portmcneill.net), is open year-round on weekdays and daily in summer from 10am to 6pm. The Alert Bay Visitor Info Centre, 116 Fir St. (tel. 250/974-5213; www.alertbay.ca), is open in summer daily from 9am to 6pm, and the rest of the year Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.