A scenic vista of the shores of Nootka Island.

Nootka Island is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and wildlife on Earth. Every year, nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world descend upon this iconic island in search of their own mystical adventure. The Nootka Island Trail presents an eclectic experience of cultural history, sea caves, beaches, temperate rainforests, and oceanside sunsets. Now, it’s essential to consider that the Nootka Island Trail is intended for experienced hikers, so to give you a headstart, we want to share with you some useful information to help maximize your next Canadian hiking adventure.

What to Expect on the Nootka Island Trail

A hiker revels in her accomplishment.The Nootka Island Trail runs parallel to the Nootka Island shoreline, with most hikers starting in the north at Louie Bay and concluding their journey at Friendly Cove. You’ll encounter few people in the 36-kilometre trail, but many attractions, such as ocean vistas from the forest, and hidden surf huts. Spend a night at Banjo Beach and explore the cascading waterfalls of Calvin Creek. Large stands of Sitka spruce and other flora surround Bajo Point, where you can view the remnants of the native Muchalaht longhouses. There are other trails on the island as well. 

As you approach the latter half of the trail, you’ll reach Beano Creek, where you’ll find one of the only locations where you may encounter other people as the surf break has enticed transient and permanent residents to set up shop, but who could blame them? As you continue, the trail will become more challenging with various obstacles like cliffs and coves. You’ll come across large caves that are ideal for camping, and if you’re observant, you may see whales and other sea mammals from Maquinna Point. Finally, you’ll come across a long, rocky beach leading you to Friendly Cove where you can see a picturesque lighthouse. 

What to Bring 

Now that you’ve become acquainted with the trail, you won’t want to forget these items:

  • Foodstuffs
  • High-quality hiking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Swimming apparel
  • Tent
  • Topography maps and tide charts
  • Satellite phone or another form of non-cellular communication
  • Water purification device
  • Camera and journal
  • An adventurous spirit

Nootka Island Trail Adventures with Nootka Wilderness Lodge

Nootka Wilderness Lodge is the perfect basecamp for your British Columbia vacation. This magnificent enclave offers luxury accommodations at one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world. In addition to unrivalled hiking trail access, we also offer guided fishing trips, fish processing, and several other adventures for you to explore on your British Columbia vacation.

Please call us at 1-250-850-1500 or visit us online for more information on how we can accommodate your Nootka Island adventure!

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