Now many of you may say Where is Port Alice. It's a secret to most of the world and some of the locals would like to keep it that way. Port Alice is located on the west coast of northern Vancouver Island. It is a 3 hour drive north of Campbell River or 5 hours north of Nanaimo. Our little town of 1200 residents is located on an inlet called Neroutsos. The main industry is forestry based, and many locals are employed at the Western Forest Pulp Mill, which is located just south of town and not visible from our residences.
I moved here in 1999, and instantly fell in love with the beauty and serenity of the area. We had no tourism offered so myself and partner started a small kayaking business in 2000, called
KINETIC KAYAKS LTD. The locals have been great support and with the greater advertising the 2001 season should be busy.
With the other tourism operators on the east coast featuring excursions like whale watching, fishing charters, eco-tourism bear tours and other kayak companies, it gets very busy in the ocean waters and feels like you are merging on a freeway when you launch your kayak into the clear waters of Johnstone Strait.
We launch into the clean waters of Neroutsos Inlet and my only worry is letting the harbour seals have the right of way. They are very inquisitive about these brightly coloured kayaks. My most popular tour is called the Frigon Island Tour, these are a group of islands off shore that seem to be in the way of boats navigating the inlet, so appropriately named in frustration came
The Frigon Islands. There are resident eagles and deer that call these island home. The waters are so clean, which makes the marine environment fascinating to explore.
KINETIC KAYAKS offers group tours, rentals and lessons, so if you are considering a vacation on the north island I would be happy to accommodate your needs with lodging and information. Feel free to contact us, and explore Port Alice's website.
KINETIC KAYAKS LTD.
PO BOX 99, PORT ALICE, B.C.
WEB SITE: www.island.net/~hewco