Thursday 30 January 2014

BC Coastal Gems: Nootka Sound and Surrounding West Coast

This region of the West Coast of Vancouver Island is known for its rugged and remote landscapes, dramatic outer reefs, long expanses of pristine beaches and wide variety of indigenous wildlife.  Marine wildlife in this area includes killer whales (Orca), gray whales, seals, porpoises and sea otters as well as an abundance of black bear, cougar, deer and other land dwelling species.  The stunning scenery, attracting anglers, kayakers, divers, campers and outdoor adventure enthusiasts to the wilderness area, enhances this isolation.

The fishing, kayaking and other recreational adventure in this region is outstanding.  Sheltered bays and protected coves in and amongst the islets provide for hours of exploration and relaxed quiet tranquility as your kayak glides effortlessly through the stilled waters. The waters themselves offer an abundance of large Chinook salmon as well as some of the smaller salmon species and an impressive variety of bottom and deep-sea fish from Halibut, Red Snapper and Ling Cod to Black Sea Bass, Skate, Prawns and salt-water varieties of crab.
Access to these remote locations is by floatplane or by boat from the towns of Tahsis and Zeballos, which offer some local services and amenities, or from the remote adventure camps scattered throughout the region. The small community of Tahsis is located 2 ½ hours drive west of Campbell River on Vancouver Island and is approximately 20 miles by boat from these pristine properties. These areas are abundant with the beautiful and unequalled scenery of the wilderness beauty that this region is world renowned for.

The MV Uchuck III provides year-round freight and passenger service for west coast communities in Nootka Sound, Friendly Cove, Tahsis and Kyuquot including Esperanza Inlet and the Nuchatlitz Inlet region. The route travels through Nootka Sound, up Tahsis Inlet and out from the Esperanza Inlet, rich in native culture and history, to the ocean. Arrangements can be made with the Uchuck III for you to be dropped off and picked up at points along the route.

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