Getting Settled

Affordable, modern homes are available on Vancouver Island North. Live in the town cores, or on your private acreage. Watch your kids walk to school, or the orcas and minke whales from your back deck. Rent an apartment or buy your dream home. Whatever you want, you’ll find it on Vancouver Island North.

North Island Education

Vancouver Island North currently offers 8 Elementary Schools, 2 High Schools and 1 Alternative school. It also offers a number of post secondary programs and is home to the Aboriginal Training Centre.

Public Safety

The lower population and close-knit communities on Vancouver Island North make the region a very safe place to live. It’s also one of the few regions in the Province where you can still find a family doctor.


Island Health is the government organization that supports primary health services on Northern Vancouver Island. There are also many secondary health, wellness, and holistic health service providers that operate in the region.


Unlike the southern and central areas of Vancouver Island, the North Region still offers a wide range of affordable housing options with an ocean view. You’ll also pay significantly lower property taxes.

North Island Transportation

The north regions’ communities are connected with a well-maintained highway network. Highway 19 connects these communities with Campbell River, Nanaimo and Victoria.

BC Transit connects transports passengers within and between communities with regular bus services.

BC Ferries offers a number of different routes, connecting Port Hardy to Prince Rupert and the Mid and North Coast, as well as connecting Port McNeill with Alert Bay and Sointula. Expanded ferry offerings for the North Island are planned for this summer.

A regional airport in Port Hardy offers a number of daily scheduled flights to Vancouver with Pacific Coastal. This flight is just over an hour long and provides incredible views of the north island.