PORT HARDY, B.C. – The newly constructed Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Hardy Bay Base marked its grand opening on Aug. 30 and hosted a dedication to service ceremony for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Pachena Bay, which is now stationed there.
The Canadian Coast Guard worked closely with the Kwakiutl First Nation and the District of Port Hardy throughout the planning and construction of the 16,000-square-foot facility, a Government of Canada release stated.
The new building and property is made up of office and meeting spaces, storage space for environmental response, aids to navigation equipment and vessels and other Canadian Coast guard ships along with a mechanics workshop for small boat maintenance.
Two 17-foot ocean-themed totem poles carved by Kwakiutl Master Carver Stanley Hunt are at the front of the facility and a third 32-foot totem pole carved by Kwakiutl Chief Calvin Hunt is on the ocean side of the facility.
“The Kwakiutl Elected Governance is pleased to have the Canadian Coast Guard Base completed and fully operational here in Port Hardy. Our B.C, coastline is beautiful and rich in ecosystems that need protection from marine pollution and we look forward to improved emergency incident response. We value our partnership with CCG and look forward to many years of working together,” Kwakiutl First Nation Member and Councillor Marc Peeler said in a statement.