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Port Alexander, BC

Port Alexander indents the southeast side of Nigei Island. It’s a spacious, scenic anchorage, unspoiled by human development and seldom visited by cruising boats. The entrance is unobstructed and easily negotiated in all conditions. Anchorage is good at the head of the bay in 40-60 feet, or a little further south in 60-90 feet. Even when summertime northwesterlies blow outside, conditions seem to remain calm in Port Alexander.

Port Alexander is about 15nm northwest of Port Hardy and 30nm northwest of Port McNeill. As such, we like using it as a jumping-off point for rounding Cape Scott or Cape Caution (or a first stop afterwards if heading the opposite direction). With a short trail to hike, lots of coastline to explore by dinghy or kayak, good nearby fishing, and enough cell phone service (with a good booster) to check weather, we’ve happily spent several days here waiting for weather!

Lat/Lon: {50.856303,-127.665425}


Anchorage/Holding: Good
Mooring Ball: No
Dock: No
Protection: Average
Public/Private: Public
Fee: No
Fuel Available: No
Potable Water: No
Electric: None
Garbage: No
Pumpout: No
Maintenance: No
Groceries: No
Laundry: No
Liquor: No
Transportation: No
Cell Service: Poor
WiFI: No

Holding good, except exposed to southeasterly wind and seas

4G/LTE service with booster

Slowboat Tips and Activities

Go ashore at the head of the bay and find the trail across to Clam Cove. Dinghy through Browning Passage and visit Hideaway Resort (primitive sport diving facility in Clam Cove), or search for sea caves along the Nigei Island shore. We’ve had good luck fishing in Goletas Channel.

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Last update of this page: Apr 14, 2019

Last in-person visit by Slowboat team: August 26, 2018

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