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Drive to the north end of vancouver island and take the turnoff for Holberg. The turnoff is near the town Port Hardy. Drive past Holberg on logging roads(gas up there) and follow the signs till you reach the provincial park gravel parking lot. Bring backpack, camp and cook gear, and rain gear and tarps cuz it can get wet. It can be a demanding hike(>30 min) through the gnarliest west coast forest ever.
WalkGood walk (15-30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
- Rips / undertow
Park your car at the small provincial park lot and walk in about 30 mins. be ready to camp. best waves usually on rising tide, both right and left. been there a couple of times when its good, no idea how consistent it is though. still a fun wave even when small. best waves on north beach where they build off a rock headland, However this is also where the river flows out causing a very strong rip.
if you want a taste of the real, harsh, gnarled and wild west coast of canada then get some of this, But come prepared. If you get into trouble out there you are on your own, There is no cell service, no coast guard floating just off shore, The nearest phone is 2 hours away.
A remote spot that only works some times, in the time it takes to get out there you could be halfway to Tofino.
By Anonymous , 31-01-2010
- Like others have said before, this isn't Tofino, forget the muddy trail, If you get into trouble ie. hurt, sick, injured, there is no cell service, no coast guard just off shore, and the nearest telephone is in Holberg, over and hour away. come prepared and know what your getting yourself into.
By matt , 20-01-2008
by boat - You can also paddle in by canoe or kayak on high tides via the river at the end of the beach.
By tanya , 30-11-2006
Local - hey am a local i have grown up in Port hardy and holberg for pretty much my live.i love the beach out by raft cove. raft cove is not the best but it has its moments some good place to check out are san joe bay,cape scott etc.. i have been to all there are the best. take my advise am local so next time ur up this way check them out.ps on the access part of the holberg turn of near of port mcneil thats wrong it PORT HARDY.
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