Port McNeill

Port McNeill is a small town in the western Canadian province of British Columbia. The municipality is the administrative headquarters of the Regional District of Mount Waddington on Vancouver Iceland.

The municipality is named after William Henry McNeill, captain of a Hudson 's Bay Company. From about 1832 he went to the West Coast with a merchant ship.


Port McNeill is located on the northwest coast of Vancouver Iceland, at the junction of Queen Charlotte Street in the Johnstone Strait. The village is located about 36 kilometers southeast of Port Hardy on Highway 19


The history of the settlement goes further back than just the general viewing by Europeans since before settlement by Europeans, the area was already settlements and hunting grounds of the First Nation. Mainly settled here belonging to the tribe of ' Namgis First Nation ( Nimpkish - Cheslakees ), which belong to the Kwakwaka'wakw.

The settlement developed from a former logging camp. In the course of time, only fur trappers and traders settled there and then later settlers. In the course of time, so many people lived in the settlement, which was opened here on 1 May 1938, a post office.

The first award of the local self-government for the community on February 18, 1966 ( incorporated as the Village Municipality ). A further award was made on April 17, 1982 ( incorporated as a Town Municipality )


The census in 2011 showed a population of 2,505 inhabitants for the settlement. The population of the settlement has thereby decreased compared to the census of 2006 at 4.5%, while the population in the province of British Columbia at the same time grew by 7.0%.


Port McNeill is located on Highway 19, The Iceland Highway connects the village to the north of Port Hardy and Campbell River to the south.

The port is also the Port McNeill Ferry Terminal is. From here ferries of the company BC Ferries in a round by Cormorant Iceland (via Alert Bay ) and Malcolm Iceland (via Sointula ).

On the edge of the village there is the airport from Port McNeill (IATA: YMP, Transport Canada Identifier: CAT5). The airport has only one paved runway, and runway of 884 meters in length, and a gravel airstrip of 1113 meters length. In the harbor of the village there is the local water aerodrome ( Transport Canada Identifier: CAM8 ).