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Coastal backpacking trip on Nootka Island, BC


This is a remote coastal backpacking tour on Nootka Island with beautiful beaches, fewer hikers, an interesting history, and a fabulous assortment of mammal, bird and marine wildlife. The Nootka Island backpacking trip offers a wide variety of terrain and scenery, packed into a fun and challenging 43 km's of classic coastal hiking. 

You will take a float plane from Gold River to our access point at Starfish Lagoon on Nootka Island. You will experience amazing sandy beaches, interesting sandstone formations and true old growth rainforest. You finish our journey at Yuquot or Friendly Cove where Captain Cook first made contact. The group will visit the local First Nations family, the historic church and the coast guard lighthouse. The area around Nootka Island is believed to have been inhabited for thousands of years. There is evidence to suggest that human presence at Yuquot at Friendly Cove dates back at least 4,000 years.

The area’s inhabitants were first called Nootka by James Cook in 1778. As was the case when cultures with different languages met, communication was reduced to gestures and drawings, which were often misinterpreted. Although there is some debate over the origin of the term “nootka”, the best guess is that it comes from “nootk-sitl” meaning to go around or make a circuit. It probably was used by the inhabitants to indicate that Nootka was an island, and not to their name.  The people who claim Nootka Island and who maintain a presence at Yuquot are the Mowachaht (“place where the deer come from”).

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TRIP DETAILS
DESTINATION
EQUIPMENT/CLOTHING
ACCOMMODATIONS
MEALS & DINING
DATES & PRICING
ITINERARY
TRIP TYPE
Backpacking
SEASON

June to September

DIFFICULTY
Moderate / Challenging
MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE
10
GUIDE INFORMATION

Two guides per tour, each with wilderness first aid certification.  Your guides have many years of experience in the outdoors and are experts in the activity they lead.  They are also familiar with the natural and cultural history of the area and committed to your satisfaction and safety.

RESTRICTIONS

Moderate level of fitness is recommended.  Be prepared to carry packs of at least 40 pounds. This tour has long hiking days a variety of different terrain and off-trail hiking.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Requirements: Warm sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack.  Rentals available.

TRANSPORTATION

Trips originate and end in Vancouver, British Columbia. Transportation between Vancouver and the trailhead is included.

WEATHER

Average summer temperatures are between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

REGION
Vancouver Island & Southern BC Coast
PROVIDED EQUIPMENT

Charter flights or water taxi, camping fees, cooking gear, camp stoves, tents, meal preparations, tarps, major first aid supplies, emergency radio or satellite phone.

SUGGESTED CLOTHING

Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions, rain gear, hat, warm socks, hiking boots, sneakers, swim suit, towel.

SUGGESTED ITEMS

Camera, binoculars, daypack, canteen, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunglasses.

ACCOMMODATIONS

In tent campsites along the route.

MEALS & DINING

MEALS & DINING

Meals/snacks/beverages while on the expedition are included.

6 day tour, available July - August
$1695.00 / per person - CAD
2018 departures: July 12-17, August 4-9, August 31-September 5.
PAYMENT INFORMATION
Pricing does not include: 5.00% GST.

A 30% deposit is required to hold your reservation.

Balance of payment is due 60 days before trip commencement.
CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the trip fee is required to hold your reservation.The balance of the fee is due 60 days prior to commencement date of the trip. As a significant portion of our trip costs is already committed well in advance of each trip, there is no refund after 60 days. If payment is not received when due, we reserve the right to treat the reservation as cancelled. We will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and full balance of payment, if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable moneys from third party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing.

6 day tour, available July - August

Day 1

Arrive in Vancouver the night before.

We will meet at the Tsawwasen Ferry Terminal for our sailing to Vancouver Island. We will then drive to Gold River on the west side of the island and catch our floatplane flight out to Nootka Island. A short hike will bring us to our first camp on the coast at Third Beach. 

Day 2

Today's hike is a full day with a wide variety of rain forest and beaches, from sand to small boulders, forming our path. Our goal is Calvin Falls, a fantastic spot to enjoy on a warm day. This is our longest day km wise at approx. 14km's.

Day 3

Beano Creek is our destination today. Beano often has a perfect swimming hole to enjoy after a day of hiking. We will cover approx. 11km's today.

Day 4

Today's hike will be dictated by the weather and how the group is feeling. We might take a short day to Callicum Creek or push on past Maquinna Point towards Friendly Cove. We could cover anywhere from 3-12 km's today.

Day 5

This is the day we will designate as our lay-over day. We might in fact use this lay-over at any point during the journey. Every campground offers a good excuse to slow down and get our bodies attuned to "Island Time".

Day 6

Today we will say good-bye to Nootka Island. We will catch a water-taxi from Friendly Cove and then retrace our steps from Gold River back to Vancouver.