Sayward is located on the northeast coast of beautiful Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. It is approximately 75 kilometres (46 miles) north of Campbell River, BC, and about 175 kilometres (108 miles) south of Port Hardy, BC.
The Port of Kelsey Bay is located in the Johnstone Strait, along Vancouver Island’s inside passage. It is home to a host of marine life, easily viewed from the very popular wharf. Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, sea otters, dolphin, and jellyfish, as well as a variety of fish – including salmon and halibut – can be seen at varying times of the year. Bald eagles soar overhead and have been known to help themselves to an easy meal at your expense… so if you’re fishing, you’d best keep an eye on your catch! (No rod? No problem! The store rents fishing rods to those who’d like to throw a line or two.)
With views of the Johnstone Strait, Hardwicke and Helmcken Islands, Mt. H’Kusam, and the mainland mountains, photo ops are endless. Inclement weather – no worries! Pull up a chair in Al’s Room – a glassed-in, all-weather room where you can sit in comfort and enjoy the views. On many weekends during the summer, you’ll find a local artist there, displaying their craft and offering an opportunity for you to learn more about who they are and what they do.
Read more about Sayward’s history and tourist attractions at Travel British Columbia.
Tourist Information Centre
Sayward’s Tourist Information Centre is located at the wharf, inside Ocean View Gifts. Visitors can pick up free information and brochures for most areas on Vancouver Island, as well as for many areas on the BC Mainland.
You can get to Sayward by land or sea – and sometimes even by air, as float planes do occasionally stop by. [Get driving directions.]
The Kelsey Bay area consists of two separate harbours. One dock is owned and operated by Sayward Futures Society, and the other is a federal goverment dock managed by the Sayward Harbour Authority. [Learn more about Sayward’s harbours.]
Recreation Sites & Trails
Sayward’s Elk Creek Campground is a Recreation Sites & Trails BC site maintained by Sayward Futures Society. [Find out more.]