Property information, including civic addressess, assessment roll numbers, parcel identifier (PID) numbers, applicable zoning categories, etc., as well as other information, can be obtained through the iMap Geographic System at the following link: https://imaprdmw.imaptoo.ca/rdmw

Winter Harbour Tsunami Hazard Map 1 Holberg Tsunami Hazard Map Overview
Winter Harbour Tsunami Hazard Map 2 Holberg Tsunami Hazard Map Detail
Bylaw No. 798 Winter Harbour Waste Management

Winter Harbour / Holberg

Winter Harbour / Holberg

Winter Harbour and Holberg are unincorporated communities in Electoral Area B located on the west coast of Vancouver Island:

Holberg is at the north end of Holberg Inlet and Winter Harbour is just north of Quatsino Sound.

Community Specific Information for Winter Harbour & Holberg

Includes information for staying healthy, where to access the most current official information, mental health & substance abuse services, public transportation, food security, community safety and accessing financial assistance.

Winter Harbour & Holberg Services

Winter Harbour & Holberg Services

Street Lights


In 2021, BC Hydro is planning on converting all existing street lights that they own from High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights to Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lights. The new lights will use less power and should last longer. The new streetlights will generate a different colour light which will change lighting in your neighbourhood so it is important that you understand the upcoming change and provide guidance as to what you want your street to look like after dark. BC Hydro has created a toolkit regarding LED streetlights which can be accessed by the following link: Streetlight Toolkit

As you will see, it explains the different types of lights available and provides images of what the street looks like with the LED lighting. It is strongly advisable that those filling in their community’s questionnaire review the toolkit prior to providing their opinions. It is also hoped that in the near future, the RDMW will be able to show where streetlights have already been converted so that those interested can observe various LED street lights first hand. This will be dependent upon BC Hydro giving the information to the RDMW. Once the maps have been received from BC Hydro, they will be uploaded for viewing.

Please use the link below to access the Survey Monkey questionnaire that allows you give your input regarding the LED conversion of Winter Harbour’s streetlights. Since the questionnaire refers to the street lights by their ID#, a map has been created that shows the street light locations with the associated ID# for each light. An map is available to help find the image that covers the part of Winter Harbour you are interested in. If you have any questions, please email them to info@rdmw.bc.ca

Survey Link for Winter Harbour

Winter Harbour Streetlight Map                - Installed Port Hardy LED Streetlight Map

The Regional District provides a street lighting service in Winter Harbour. If a street light is burned out or for more information about street lighting services, please contact Nadine Weldon at the Regional District Office at 250-956-3301.


Other Community Contacts


Winter Harbour Ratepayers Association: Rob Knutsen, General Delivery, Winter Harbour


Holberg Volunteer Fire Department: Michael White, Fire Chief  250-288-3242


Emergency Plans


Winter Harbour Regional Emergency Plan


Holberg Regional Emergency Plan

Winter Harbour & Holberg Land Use Planning, Development and Building Information

Winter Harbour & Holberg Land Use Planning, Development and Building Information

The community of Winter Harbour is subject to an Official Community Plan (Bylaw No. 371) and a Zoning Bylaw (RDMW Zoning Bylaw No. 21, 1972). The Official Community Plan includes objectives and policies to guide decisions related to planning and land use management for the community into the future.

While Holberg does not have its own Official Community Plan, it is also subject to RDMW Zoning Bylaw No. 21. The Zoning Bylaw prescribes detailed regulations related to land use, the siting, size and dimensions of buildings, minimum lot size for the purposes of subdivision, etc. Please refer to the following links for more information:


Winter Harbour Official Community Plan:

Winter Harbour Community Plan Bylaw No. 371 (Consolidated September 19, 2017)

Winter Harbour Community Plan Land Use Map


Zoning Bylaw:

RDMW Zoning Bylaw No. 21, 1972 (Consolidated February 18, 2020)

Zoning Map No. 6 – Winter Harbour (Zoning Bylaw No. 21)

Zoning Map No. 8 – Holberg

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 641, 2001 (Amends Zoning Map No. 8 – Holberg)

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 671, 2002 (Amends Zoning Map No. 8 – Holberg)

Building Bylaw:

While approval of a Building Permit is not required, the siting of buildings and structures must be undertaken in accordance with the BC Building Code, and as of November 1, 2020, a Building Bylaw is in effect that requires a Site Permit be applied for and issued by the Regional District. The Site Permit process is designed to ensure that the siting of buildings and structures conforms to the requirements of the applicable zoning bylaw. Please refer to the following links for more information.

Building Bylaw No. 682, 2003 (Consolidated)

Application for Site Permit

Example Site Plan to Accompany Application for Building or Site Permit

Owners Acknowledgement of Responsibility - Site Permit

Link to Provincial website for British Columbia Building, Fire and Plumbing Codes: https://www.bcpublications.ca/BCPublications/



With respect to the subdivision of land, the Ministry of Transportation processes and approves applications for this purpose. Information, including a copy of the application required for subdivision, can be found on the Ministry’s website at:


Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Regional District as a prelude to making application for subdivision.



If you have any questions regarding planning, development and building, please contact the Regional District by telephone at 250-956-3301 or by email at info@rdmw.bc.ca