Nootka Island

Gold River, British Columbia V0P 1G0

Nootka Island

Nootka Island Professional Review and Guide

"This weeklong hike along Nootka Island’s west coast includes waterfalls, beaches, rocky headlands, and old-growth forests, as well as a journey back into the origins of British Columbia.

Okay, so it’s not technically Vancouver Island, but the hike between Louie Bay in the north and Yuquot in the south provides opportunities to view whales, sea otters, and other marine life in a stunning wilderness accessible via Vancouver Island’s west coast. Take your binoculars and be prepared for other hikers. This trail is rapidly gaining in popularity."

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"The west side of Nootka Island is steeped in history. For centuries the Nuu-chah-nulth people lived o¤ the riches and resources of this coast. When the Europeans, Spanish and very soon after that the British arrived on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Nootka Island and Nootka Sound were the areas of first contact with the Nuu-chah-nulth. For a brief time in the late eighteenth century, the lucrative fur trade between the two cultures sparked interest in the area on the world stage.

When the focus shifted away from trade and onto colonization, the island returned to less tumultuous times and the European settlers headed for the far less wild shores of the east coast of Vancouver Island. But Nootka Island remains, still wild and relatively unspoiled—and a treat and prime destination for the hiker. This is the only trail in this guide whose protection status is in some doubt at the time of publication. The hike is mostly on Crown land which has an uncertain future, but the trail also passes through privately held and Indian reserve lands."

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Trail Information

Gold River
Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 to 7 days
Best May to September
NTS Map 92 E/10
Local Maps

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Oct 2018