Pack carefully if coming in the "off season"
Port Hardy is at the northern end of Vancouver Island, and there is always plenty of rain. Be prepared! Bring a nice camera -- you'll use it. Between the wildlife and the town, there are a lot of good photographs to be taken and enjoyed. Port Hardy wraps up a lot of services during the "off season". We arrived during the Christmas holiday to find nearly everything in town closed. Christmas was on a Thursday this year, and since Boxing Day is a national holiday, everything was closed on Friday, as well. Several of the hotels in town were closed completely, and others closed their restaurants during that period.
The local convenience stores were open, however, as was the local Subway franchise.