The Nootka Trail Topo Map

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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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