The Nootka Trail

Gold River, British Columbia

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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.

The Nootka Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Gold River
Distance: 22
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Up to 5 days, depending on sections chosen
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 092E076 (Ferrer Point), 092E066 (Bajo Point), 092E067 (Boston Point), 092E057 (Maquinna Point), 92E10 (Nootka)
Driving Directions: Directions to The Nootka Trail

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May 2018