Kelsey Bay Harbor

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Kelsey Bay Harbor
Kelsey Bay Harbor, Photo By Bud Logan

Located in the Sayward Valley on North Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is the small harbor at Kelsey Bay. This harbor is accessed by a 12 km paved road off the Island Highway.

Kelsey Bay Harbor is under one hour from Campbell River in the south and about 2 hours from Port Hardy to the north. The harbor can also be reached by boat via Johnstone Strait. As with all communities on northern Vancouver Island, Kelsey Bay was only easily accessible by water in the past. It was not until after World War II that a gravel road connected Sayward and Kelsey Bay with Campbell River.

Kelsey Bay was at one time the southern terminus for the B.C. Ferries Inside Passage route, then in 1978, when Highway 19 was extended north to Port Hardy, the terminal was moved to Port Hardy. Kelsey Bay harbor is now a convenient stopping point for sport fishing and eco tourism.

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