Nuchatlitz Inlet and Nootka Island

Zeballos, British Columbia

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Paddling the bays, basins and islands around Nuchatlitz Inlet is a great 4–5-day trip. Those with the skill and mental preparation needed for the open coast can try the waters of Nootka Island’s west side. The beaches at Skuna Bay, Calvin Creek and Beano Creek are some of the nicest on the coast, rewarding paddlers who are able to negotiate surf landings and quickly punishing those who are not. A circumnavigation of Nootka Island will give you the best feel for the area and may bring a certain closure to your trip. For all its natural beauty, it is the history of Nootka Sound that makes this area unique. Most importantly, Nootka is the ancestral home of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people. As the Mowachaht/Muchalaht have said, it is not just a place: Nootka is a feeling, and if you listen closely as you paddle the shores and walk the beaches, you might just hear the elders talking.

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"Paddling the bays, basins and islands around Nuchatlitz Inlet is a great 4–5-day trip. Those with the skill and mental preparation needed for the open coast can try the waters of Nootka Island’s west side. The beaches at Skuna Bay, Calvin Creek and Beano Creek are some of the nicest on the coast, rewarding paddlers who are able to negotiate surf landings and quickly punishing those who are not. A circumnavigation of Nootka Island will give you the best feel for the area and may bring a certain closure to your trip.

For all its natural beauty, it is the history of Nootka Sound that makes this area unique. Most importantly, Nootka is the ancestral home of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht people. As the Mowachaht/Muchalaht have said, it is not just a place: Nootka is a feeling, and if you listen closely as you paddle the shores and walk the beaches, you might just hear the elders talking."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Zeballos
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 - 14 days
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Maps: 3676: Esperanza Inlet
Driving Directions: Directions to Nuchatlitz Inlet and Nootka Island

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May 2018