Port Hardy

Gilakas’la NIC respectfully acknowledges we operate within the unceded traditional territory of the Kwaguł.

NIC's Mixalakwila campus serves students throughout Northern Vancouver Island, including Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Alert Bay and Sointula. Located in the heart of Port Hardy at the Thunderbird Mall, the 6,000 square foot campus is centrally located for students and provides a modern, up-to-date and student-focused location to support student learning.

NIC was honoured to receive the Kwak’wala name Mixalakwila, meaning "maker of what’s been dreamt about." The Elders chose Mixalakwila because they believe the College is a place where your dreams for the future can come true.

Getting Here

Located in the heart of Port Hardy, the Thunderbird Mall is easily accessible for students in Port Hardy and those commuting from near-by communities. The campus is accessible by walking, driving or by the Mount Waddington Transit system


At present, there are no student residences. NIC students typically live with a roommate, rent an apartment, a house, or a room. Below are some suggestions about how to approach finding a place to live.

Living with a student roommate

If you would like to live with another student, you can search for a roommate through the local Craigslist or newspapers. You can also put up a notice on the local college bulletin board or in coffee shops when you arrive.

Renting an apartment, house or room

If you prefer to live in an independent rental, such as an apartment or a house, there are several ways to find one. Local newspapers and websites are the best options for accommodation in the community. Some housing options can be found on usednorthisland.com.

Short-term Accommodations

Most students secure accommodation before they arrive because it’s generally easier in advance. When it’s not possible to get living arrangements organized before arrival – or for short term courses - students may need short term accommodation. Generally housing boards are the best option for this sort of accommodation.

Contact Us

Mixalakwila campus

#140 - 8950 Granville Street
Box 901
Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0

Student Services and Registration

T 250-949-7912 | F 250-949-2617
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm (not currently open to the public)


Monday to Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday, 8:30 am to 6 pm

You can also book advising appointments online.


T 250-949-7912, ext. 2860
Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Library & Learning Commons

To schedule library/ computer time, contact 250-949-7912, extension: 2860, or email registration-PH@nic.bc.ca.

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Port Hardy

Wireless Network Access

Wifi Network access is available for employees and students at NIC through two networks: “NIC-WIFI” and “Eduroam”. For more information on network access for students, please contact Student Technical Services.


To access:

  • Select "NIC-WIFI" from your available networks
  • Enter your myNIC username and password to log in*
    • For Android users: If you do not see "Use system certificates", please select "do not validate" or "(unspecified)"
  • If prompted, select “Trust the connection” and/or “remember credentials”

Step-by-step instructions specific to laptops, Android and iPhone can be found on Student Technical Services.


Eduroam is a secure network available to students, researchers and staff from participating institutions across Canada. Once Eduroam is set up, you will automatically log in anytime you are at NIC or ANY other participating institution.

To access:

  • select "Eduroam” from your available wifi networks
  • Enter your NIC email address and myNIC password
  • If prompted, select “Trust the connection” and/or “remember credentials”

Rent the Space

Contact Facilities naida.brotchie@nic.bc.ca to see about spaces available for rental.