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The Nootka Island Trail, also called the Friendly Cove/Yuquot Trail, rambles between Louie Bay on the north side of Nootka Island (Louie Bay Trailhead) and Yuquot (Friendly Cove) on the south (Friendly Cove Trailhead).

Along the way, the challenging trail crosses exquisite beaches and tidal shelves, as well as leading inland to bypass rocky headlands and deep river mouths. This 22-mile (35-km) trail is gradually becoming a choice hiking destination, and is a complement to the West Coast Trail.

By comparison with the West Coast Trail, the Nootka Island Trail is poorly marked and infrequently maintained. Be prepared to bushwhack around fallen trees brought down by the frequent, savage winter storms that pound this section of coast. In order to avoid an exhausting amount of bushwhacking, consult tide charts for the most opportune times to cross beaches. Some rivers must be forded, which must be done at low tide if crossing at or near the ocean, as with rounding headlands. Be aware of the potential for rogue when on the rocks.

The best time to hike Nootka Island Trail is between May and September. Allow five days to complete the hike one way. Hikers must be completely self-contained and are advised to carry a handheld marine radio, as the sole source of help is from the lighthouse staff at Yuquot. Highlights of the trail include freshwater showers at Calvin Creek waterfall, swimming and body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, beachcombing, and exploring ancient First Nation middens.

There is a large population of black bears on Nootka Island, and the chances are therefore good that hikers will encounter them along the beaches. At present, these bears do not associate hikers with food. Keep all supplies cached well out of reach of these animals. Other wildlife that may be encountered or viewed from the trail include cougars, grey wolves, black-tailed deer, Orca (killer whales), grey whales, California sea lions, harbour seals, sea otters, bald eagles, and shore birds.

The traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation incorporates much of the western portion of Vancouver Island, having been inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth people for thousands of years. Friendly cove juts into Nootka Sound, the site of the historic meeting between Captain James Cook and the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations people on March 29 1778. History in this remote area was made again when the British signed a treaty with Spain at Friendly Cove in 1790.

There is a trail fee per person payable to the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations Band to provide access to their facilities at Friendly Cove and the traverse of their three reserve sites on Nootka Island. Campsites on the Nootka Island Trail are located at First Beach, Skuna Bay, Calvin Falls, and Beano Creek.

Access to Louie Bay the Friendly Cove Trailhead is by floatplane from Gold River, Tahsis, Campbell River or Tofino, or by the sea on the MV Uchuck 111 from Gold River (Muchalat Inlet) to Yuquot (Friendly Cove). Hikers can also reach both trailheads by water taxi from Gold River or Tahsis to Yuquot in the south or Louie Lagoon or Ferrier Point in the north.

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Ecosummer Expeditions
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 156 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0 Ecosummer Orca Camp Warden Beach Vancouver Island BC Home Phone: 250-674-0102Home Fax: 250-674-2197Work Phone: 1-800-465-8884Visit Website

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Awaken to the song of the Humpback whale. Fall asleep beneath the hushed canopy of a temperate rainforest. Fill your days whale-watching, kayaking with Orcas, observing sea lions romp through an underwater forest of kelp, and eagles fishing along the shore. Linger over lunch on a deserted island, scanning the horizon for signs of Orca activity.

Sign up for Ecosummer’s guided Orca Camps to kayak in the realm of Killer Whales. Explore the rainforest, hiking to waterfalls, or along ancient First Nation trails. Marvel when dolphins swim so close you wish you could reach out and touch them. Tune in to the rhythm of the tides. Escape the hubbub of your everyday world and restore life’s equilibrium on the shores of BC’s Johnstone Strait, one of the best places to whale-watch in all of British Columbia. Paddle the same waters as these gentle giants on three, four, or six-day kayaking adventures with Ecosummer Expeditions for a family vacation you’ll always remember.

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Nootka Sound Resort
Galiano Bay off Tlupana Inlet Nootka Sound BC Work Phone: 1-877-337-5464Visit Website

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Nootka Sound Resort is a floating resort moored in idyllic Galiano Bay, off Tlupana Inlet in the heart of Nootka Sound on the magnificent west coast of Vancouver Island. As an all-inclusive resort, Nootka Sound Resort offers accommodation, gourmet meals and boat moorage. Enjoy some of the most memorable salmon and halibut fishing on the west coast or experience a wildlife viewing trip to remember.

Featuring a large meeting/dining room, our facilities are perfect to entertain large groups while our chef prepares creative gourmet meals using the freshest ingredients. We offer accommodations to anglers with private boats, or fully-guided sport fishing charters and packages.

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Moutcha Bay Resort
Moutcha Bay Nootka Sound BC Work Phone: 1-877-337-5464Visit Website

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Located at the mouth of the Conuma River, in the sheltered waters of the Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island, BC. Moutcha Bay Resort offers world-class fishing in protected, deep waters, abundant wildlife and adventure right at our doorstep. Stay in comfort at the resort in one of our lodge suites, private chalets or luxury yurts. If you like to travel with your own accommodation, we also offer fully-serviced RV and campsites.

For the avid fishers we offer fully-guided experiences for both a half-day or full-day trip. Our fully-serviced marina also offers boat rentals for guests wanting a self-guided experience. At the end of your successful fishing excursion, ask about our government-certified fish-processing facility. If you are looking for other activities, we offer wildlife excursions, and kayak and SUP rentals.

Year-round camping is available, with seasonal rates from $35 to $95. Limited sites and services are available during the off season (October to May).

Moutcha Bay Resort, newly constructed in 2011, is situated just 40 minutes west of Gold River and is easily accessible by car, float plane or boat. Regardless of the transportation you choose, you will find the trip to Moutcha Bay Resort one of the most memorable and scenic in British Columbia. Contact us to reserve your trip today.

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