The friendly residents of the small coastal settlement of Sayward on Kelsey Bay live in a spectacular natural environment in the Sayward Valley of northern Vancouver Island.
Logging is the primary industry in the area around Sayward and Kelsey Bay, but tourism continues to grow and gain in importance. Outdoor recreation includes caving, kayaking, hiking, whale watching, and wildlife viewing.
The Wharf at Kelsey Bay
In the past, Sayward – and other communities on the northern end of Vancouver Island – were only easily accessible by water. After World War II ended, a gravel road was built that connected Sayward to Campbell River.
The Wharf at Kelsey Bay was the southern terminus for the BC Ferries Inside Passage route until 1978, when Highway 19 was paved and extended north to Port Hardy, where the ferry terminal was relocated. The wharf has since become a convenient stopping point for sport fishing and eco-tourism. Fresh seafood is often available from one or more boats tied up at the federal wharf.
Kelsey Bay Harbour is the only small craft harbour located between Campbell River and Port McNeill on Johnstone Strait. It offers a loading ramp, a derrick, and a wave reduction system. A boat launch ramp is located nearby, just off of the old BC Ferries’ parking lot.