Backpacking Tour

Coastal backpacking trip on Nootka Island, British Columbia | CA-SSE702

This is a remote coastal backpacking tour on Nootka Island with beautiful beaches, fewer hikers, interesting history


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.


  • Nootka Island
  • Beaches
  • Mammal, bird and marine wildlife
  • Gold River
  • Starfish Lagoon
  • Calvin Falls

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”).

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Local Guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 6 days
Departs From Vancouver, BC
Difficulty Moderate / Challenging
Group maximum 10
Minimum age 10
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No


1 695
Per Adult
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Availability & Prices* (2021):
$1695 CAD/person
June 1-6
June 24-29
July 10-15
July 26-31
August 10-15

*Pricing does not include:
- 5.00% GST [Federal Tax]

What's Included

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  • Meals/snacks/beverages while on the expedition
  • Charter flights or water taxi
  • Camping fees
  • Cooking gear
  • Camp stoves
  • Tents
  • Meal preparations
  • Tarps
  • Major first aid supplies
  • Emergency radio or satellite phone
  • Accommodation in tent campsites along the route

Suggested Clothing

  • Clothing suited to a variety of temperatures and weather conditions
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Warm socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sneakers
  • Swim suit
  • Towel

What to bring

  • Warm sleeping bag (required) *Rentals are available
  • Sleeping pad (required) *Rentals are available
  • Backpack (required) *Rentals are available
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Daypack
  • Canteen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

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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.

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.

Arrive in Vancouver the night before.

We will meet at the Tsawwassen 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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".

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. 

Payment Details

Deposit and taxes
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.

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 the 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 canceled. We will refund both deposit [less a small administrative fee] and the full balance of payment if we can replace your spot with another participant, less any non-refundable amounts of money from third-party deposits. Cancellation notice must be received in writing.

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