A gravel logging road from Port Hardy leads past the sneaker-bedecked “shoe tree” to Holberg, last stop before Cape Scott Provincial Park and the North Coast Trail. First settled by Danes, the village was once the site of the world’s largest floating logging camp. While here visit Ronning’s Garden, a century-old homestead planted with exotic flora (monkey puzzle trees included).
Things to do in Holberg
- Take the gravel road to this small village from Port Hardy en route to Cape Scott Provincial Park. Along the way stop at the Shoe Tree to take photos of a cedar adorned with hundreds of pairs of sneakers and hiking boots, then contribute a set of your own on the return trip.
- Stop in the village for pub grub at the Scarlet Ibis and to tour the restored grounds of Ronning’s Garden, a pioneer homestead established a century ago and featuring an exotic collection of trees and plants imported from afar by Bernt Ronning to create an oasis amidst the dense coastal rainforest.