Exploring Nootka Sound

There are many additional activities for those who like to explore, get out in nature and see the surroundings. The beauty of the West Coast is unsurpassed and will surprise and delight you at every turn.

Just outside Three Bay Cove Thanksging 2010

Just outside Three Bay Cove

Spend an afternoon kayaking in the sound, looking at all the beautiful trees, wildlife and fauna. Nootka Sound boasts some of the best wildlife viewing on Vancouver Island with cougars, black bears, and the largest sea otter population in the world. Some people have even had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of Grey whales, Humpback whales or Orcas.

You could also take a hike on a remote sandy beach, watch sea lions, whales and otters in their natural surroundings or photograph eagles as they swoop down to pluck a fish from the water or a black bear combing the beach for a midday snack. Your wildlife viewing opportunities are endless.

Take a lunch break from fishing and visit the Historic Nootka Sound. Here is a little bit about the history of Nootka Sound:

Enjoying Nootka Sound

Enjoying Nootka Sound

The first residents of the Nootka Sound were the Mowachaht and Muchalaht peoples, who had a rich existence and culture based on whaling and river fishing. Captain James Cook and crew of the H.M.S. Resolution and H.M.S. Discovery were the first Europeans to make contact with BC’s coastal native people. They anchored in Resolution Cove, Nootka Sound on March 31, 1778.  Today One Mowachat family still occupies Yuquot, the place most consider their homeland. A National Historic Site, Yuquot, was the original home of chief Maquinna and the original site of the Whaler’s Shrine.


Nootka Sound