Nootka Island (British Columbia)

Paddle a sea kayaker's dream. Nootka Island on the western side of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada has it all!

on the water

Start in the village of the winter home and then follow the ancient routes of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations around Nootka Island while exploring Nootka Sound, Calvin Falls, Nuchatlitz and Esperanza Inlets along the way.  This area has it all: sea caves, waterfalls, burial caves, blowholes, lonely islands and archipelagos, gorgeous sandy beaches that stretch for miles. Stop in at the World Heritage Site in Friendly Cove and where you may get to say, "Hi!" to native carvers and one of the few last lighthouse keepers. Whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, porpoises and one of the largest black bear populations in North America. Watch National Geographic's Vancouver Island: Why Wildlife Thrives Here video.


  • Immersion wear, and coastal paddling and kayak camping experience is a must for this trip.
  • This is a multi-day adventure. Plan your trip for about ten days.
  • Learn more at the Vancouver Island Plan Your Trip website.
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak IV/V
  • Parking Permit Required:
  • Recommended Party Size: 4
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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