The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) opened its newly constructed CCG Hardy Bay Base in Port Hardy, British Columbia this week. CCG worked closely with the Kwakiutl First Nation and the District of Port Hardy throughout the planning and construction of the new facility funded under the Oceans Protection Plan. The new 16,000 sq. ft. building and property consist of office and meeting spaces; storage space for environmental response, vessels, and aids to navigation equipment; as well as a large drive-on floating dock for easy loading of specialized pollution response vessels and other Canadian Coast Guard ships.
A dedication to service ceremony was also held for the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Pachena Bay, a High Endurance Self-Righting lifeboat that has been operating in BC since 2019. The vessel is one of 20 lifeboats that were constructed and delivered under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to provide the Canadian Coast Guard with safe, modern, and Canadian-made equipment needed to deliver all Canadian Coast Guard programs and critical services on behalf of Canadians.