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Santa Gertrudis-Boca del Infierno Marine Provincial Park is located near Friendly Cove on south Nootka Island, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

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.

The Nuu-chah-nulth people extended a friendly welcome to the British visitors, rowing out in their dugout canoes to greet and trade with them. Principal amongst the goods traded were furs, mainly sea otter pelts, which were subsequently sold in China at very high prices. This trade initiated the lucrative and destructive northwest fur trade that would eventually culminate in Vancouver Island’s last sea otter being killed in 1929. History in this remote area was made again when the British signed a treaty with Spain at Friendly Cove in 1790.

In an attempt to re-introduce the sea otter to its native waters, sea otters from Alaska were transplanted to Vancouver Island’s northwest coastal waters in 1969-1972. Recovery has been steady and the present population on Vancouver Island is estimated at 2000. Important sea otter habitat is protected by several island parks, including the Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve, Brooks Peninsula / Muquin Provincial Park and Big Bunsby Marine Provincial Park.

Santa Gertrudis encompasses 435 hectares (400 hectares of upland and 35 hectares of foreshore) and protects old-growth west coast forest as well as a coastal marine environment and habitat for marine mammals. A number of known archaeological sites are in the area, providing evidence of cultures that thrived here over the past several thousand years. The traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation incorporates much of the western portion of Vancouver Island.

Travelling through spectacular scenery, canoeists, kayakers and yachtsmen alike will enjoy the sheltered waters of Nootka Sound. There are some beautiful shores to explore along Friendly Cove, Santa Gertrudis Cove and the sheltered waters of Boca del Infierno Bay.

Wilderness camping is allowed. There are no facilities provided within the park, but limited amenities are available at Yuquot (Friendly Cove).

Santa Gertrudis – Boca del Infierno Marine Provincial Park can be reached by boat from Gold River, Tahsis or Zeballos on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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Spirit of the West Kayaking
P.O. Box 569 Heriot Bay Quadra Island BC V0P 1H0 Phone: 250-285-2121Fax: 1-888-389-5736Toll Free: 1-800-307-3982Visit Website

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Kayaking British Columbia is the ultimate way to view BC’s abundant wildlife.

We want you to fall in love with kayaking and our unique coast, and our passion shows in everything we do. Choose among several professionally-guided 4-8 day trips for all experience levels around Vancouver Island. ‘Glamping’ basecamp-style with wood-fired hot tub overlooking the Pacific Ocean, or expedition-style paddling from camp to camp and paddling between 100s of islands through the Broughton Archipelago, famous Desolation Sound and the wild Great Bear Rainforest on the Central Coast. Savouring a fresh salmon BBQ in the open air, explore and view fascinating wildlife and wilderness and wake up on remote islands with the sound of the whales. Unique and breathtaking.

Our adventures are for everyone and are designed to cater to all levels of experience and abilities. We take care to introduce you to the sport in a fun and safe manner. All that we ask is that you welcome adventure with an open mind and are able to laugh and have fun when encountering the unexpected. Our groups are small, ranging from 8 to 13 people, depending on the trip, in order to provide you with the best experience possible. We provide everything you need for a once in a lifetime kayaking adventure. We provide high-quality fiberglass kayaks, paddling equipment, camp cookware, eating utensils, and camping gear.

Our guides take care of you for the entire duration of your tour, prepare delicious, organic and local meals, and have extensive training and experience in sea kayaking and in sharing the natural and cultural history of the area.

During the Northern Hemisphere winter, we also offer kayaking trips to the glacier-fed South American wildlife paradise, the Chilean Patagonia Archipelago, and multi-day escapes to sun, sand, remote beaches and the warm crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Please contact us for all details of these amazing winter getaways!

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Reel Obsession Sportfishing
644 Millstream Lake Road Victoria BC 9B 6E9 Phone: 250-886-0315Toll Free: 1-888-855-7335Visit Website

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Reel Obsession Sport Fishing Charters offers year-round, world-class, fully-guided BC salmon and halibut sportfishing charters on Vancouver Island on the west coast of British Columbia, fishing Zeballos, Nootka Sound, Esperanza Inlet, and Victoria. We offer a variety of charter fishing packages and are quite flexible in customizing your charter fishing experience to suit your needs. Our west coast BC fishing lodge is uniquely located in the migration path of the Pacific salmon, featuring career guides steeped in the local fishery, consistent big catches, world-class service and accommodation, and great fishing all summer long.

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Nootka Marine Adventures
Moutcha Bay Resort – land based road accessible resort in Moutcha Bay, Nootka Sound, BC Nootka Sound Resort – floating resort in Galliano Bay, Nootka Sound, BC Newton Cove Resort – floating resort in Esperanza Inlet, BC Mailing Address: 168 5th Street Cliffe Avenue Courtenay BC V9N 1J4 Toll Free: 1-877-337-5464Visit Website

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Moutcha Bay Resort, Nootka Sound Resort and Newton Cove Resort operate together as Nootka Marine Adventures. Located on the pristine west coast of Vancouver Island, Moutcha Bay Resort is situated at the mouth of the picturesque Conuma River and only a 40 minute drive from Gold River. The two other floating resorts; Nootka Sound Resort and Newton Cove resort are located in the sheltered waters of Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet.

These resorts offer exceptional amenities, comfortable luxury accommodation, gourmet meals and boat moorage, along with some of the most spectacular, salmon, halibut and tuna fishing available. The Nootka Marine Adventures’ guides are some of the most experienced and professional in the area. They will help ensure that you have both a memorable as well as a highly-productive angling experience aboard comfortable, covered 28-foot boats. Take a fully-guided fishing trip or partake in the numerous outdoor activities including; wildlife-viewing, trail walks, caving, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or excursions to the historic Friendly Cove.

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Zeballos Oceanfront Lodge
509 Reno Street Zeballos BC V0P 2A0 Phone: 250-886-0315Toll Free: 1-888-855-7335Visit Website

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Come and join us for a world-class vacation at one of the premier Vancouver Island fishing lodges. At our oceanfront fishing lodge you’ll be treated like family, enjoy gourmet meals prepared by our chef, and relax after a day on the water in our hot tub and sauna – all in one of Vancouver Island’s hottest fishing areas. We consistently send our guests home with limits of Salmon and Halibut. The resort offers luxurious waterfront accommodation for up to 15 guests, and is the only oceanfront fishing lodge in Zeballos, BC, a great spot for a corporate retreat, a family vacation, or the fishing trip of a lifetime with friends.

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